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Virtual Control Center Deployment

Overview

This document contains instructions for deploying a Virtual Machine version of the Uplogix Control Center on a compatible VMWare server.

These instructions are applicable for both the production Virtual Control Center and the non-production, Evaluation Virtual Control Center.

Requirements

  • Virtual Control Center OVA file (download from uplogix.com/support/account)
  • VMWare host running ESX/ESXi version 6.0 or higher (Virtual Machine Version 11)
  • Two IP addresses on the same network with subnet mask and gateway
  • 825 GB of storage space on SAS/SSD drive (SATA spinning drives are not recommended)
  • 8 GB memory
  • 8 CPU cores

Recommended / Default Resource Allocation

STORAGE MEMORY CPUs
825 GB (Thin provisioned) 8 GB 8 Cores

Due to the nature of VM environments, some resource allocations can be adjusted for smaller deployments. See Advanced Resource Tuning for more information.

ESXi Version

To deploy the Virtual Control Center, choose your version of ESXi below.

Advanced Resource Tuning

The default resource allocation has been thoroughly tested to support deployments up to 2,000 Local Managers. Smaller deployments will use fewer resources, so VM administrators may elect to set lower limits for storage, memory, and CPU.

Estimated Resource Usage

Deployment Size Storage Memory CPUs (2+ GhHz)
1000+ 825 GB 8 GB 8 cores
250 – 999 ~650 GB 8 GB 8 cores
100 – 249 ~550 GB 4 GB* 4 cores
1 – 99 ~450 GB 4 GB* 2 cores
Evaluation vUCC ~65 GB 1 GB* 2 cores
  • Using less than the default 8 GB for memory requires software changes.

Storage

The Control Center will initially use about 430 GB of space after initial deployment. The total disk space used will grow as more Local Managers are added to the deployment but will not exceed 825 GB.

The Evaluation Control Center will initially use 50 GB and can grow to a maximum of 100 GB.

SSDs are recommended for maximum performance, though SAS drives can be used in smaller (<250) deployments. SATA drives should only be used on non-production, Evaluation UCCs.

Memory

If less than 8 GB is allocated for memory, you will need to update the Control Center’s memory configuration.

  1. Enter vi /etc/sysconfig/embassy.overrides
  2. Move the cursor over the number 8 on the line which reads RAM=8
  3. Press r, then enter the number of gigs of RAM allocated to your VM
  4. Type :wq to save the file and exit from the editor
  5. Restart the vUCC application by entering the commands ucc stop and ucc start.

CPUs

The number of CPUs allocated to the Control Center can be modified without any changes to software. A restart of the VM may be necessary after modifying the CPU allocation.

Virtual Machine Version

Uplogix configures the Control Center to use VM version 11 for backwards compatibility to ESXi version 6.0 . You may optionally upgrade the VM version to match the version of ESXi in your environment. VMware recommends creating a snapshot or backup before upgrading in case there are issues post upgrade. In older versions of ESXi, you may need to use vCenter to convert the image to a newer version. In newer versions of ESXi, you can use the web client to upgrade the VM while it is powered down (Actions > Upgrade VM Compatibility). Uplogix has tested most of the versions from 11 to 17, which is compatible with ESXi 7.0

Updating the VM version will also enable you to update the Guest OS associated with the VM (Edit > VM Options > General Options > Guest OS Version). Any version of the Control Center after 5.4.0 uses CentOS 6 (64-bit). Please contact Uplogix Support if you have any question about configuring the VM version or Guest OS.