At any time you can download and deploy a fully-featured Lighthouse VM software appliance, which can then be used freely for evaluation purposes.
However, you must order and install a Lighthouse VM License Key for ongoing commercial use and support. The steps are:
- Read Lighthouse License Agreement
- Download Lighthouse VM image
- Deploy Lighthouse VM guest on your hypervisor
- Evaluate Lighthouse solution
- Order Lighthouse License
- Install License Key
1. License Agreement
2. Download Lighthouse VM image
Opengear's VCMS virtual central management appliance can be run as a guest under a Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) or a VMware ESX or VMware ESXi or a VMware Server
- Download Lighthouse VM from http://ftp.opengear.com/download/lighthouse/ (click the version number) – the appropriate file to download depends on your virtualization solution:
- For Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), use the raw HDD image: lighthouse-x.y.z-vm.hdd.gz
- For VMware ESX/ESXi, use the deployment OVF: lighthouse-x.y.z-vm-ovf.zip
- For VMware Server or Workstation, use the HDD image with VMDK wrapper: lighthouse-x.y.z-vm.tar.gz
You will need to uncompress the full image using gunzip, Winzip or similar before deployment. (Note: PowerArchiver 2001 does not successfully extract all files). Then deploy the ovf, vmx or hdd file as described below.
Note: The Lighthouse VM is released as a firmware upgrade file (*.bin) and a full image (*.gz). The full image is used for the initial deployment. Firmware upgrade files are used thereafter for upgrades. Similarly which upgrade file you use also depends on your virtualization solution. For Linux KVM, use: lighthouse-x.y.z-kvm.bin and for VMware, use: lighthouse-x.y.z-vmware.bin
3. Deploy Lighthouse VM guest on your hypervisor
The hypervisor may be a physical machine that you administer, a managed server or a cloud hosting service from a hosting provider.
Refer to the following articles for instructions specific to your chosen virtualization platform:
- Deploying Lighthouse VM in a hosted Linux KVM environment
- Deploying Lighthouse VM as an ESXi virtual appliance using vSphere
- Deploying Lighthouse VM on VMware Workstation
4. Evaluate Lighthouse solution
Refer Lighthouse User Manual for configuration and operation guidance.
5. Order VCMS Commercial License
Order your license from your Opengear partner. On receipt of your order, you will be emailed a Lighthouse VM License Key.
This key provides you with a commercial license to use the Lighthouse VM software appliance to manage up to the designated number of appliances for the defined period. For example, ordering an OGLH-VM-100-3Y license enables you to use your Lighthouse to manage a distributed network with up to 100 Opengear appliances with support and feature upgrades for 3 years. After this period you can renew your License Key annually to receive ongoing support and upgrades.
6. Install License Key
To install the key:
- Browse to System -> Administration on your deployed Lighthouse VM appliance
- Copy the Key from the email that you received into the Licence Key field and click Apply
Note: You will need to renew your key annually (or after the initial three periods) to receive ongoing support and upgrades. If you have to contact support, they will ask you to quote the Licence Key number from this page.