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 on your host
- Evaluate Lighthouse solution
- Order VCMS Commercial 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://opengear.com/firmware/lighthouse/ Which full disk image you deploy depends on your virtualization solution:
- For Linux 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: vcms-x.y.z-kvm.bin and for VMware, use: vcms-x.y.z-vmware.bin
3. Deploy Lighthouse VM on your host
The VMWare or KVM host may be a physical machine that you administer, a managed server or a cloud hosting service from a hosting provider.
At a minimum the Lighthouse VM requires resources of at least a 500MHz CPU core, 256MB RAM and 4GB disk space. However the appropriate level of reserved virtual server resources will also depend on the number of Opengear appliances – and connected managed devices - being managed by the Lighthouse VM. For installations supporting 1000 or more appliances the recommended resource would be 2 GHz CPU core, 16GB RAM and 600GB disk space
In addition, the following virtual devices are required:
- Disk device SATA (VMware) or IDE (Linux KVM)
- E1000 compatible Ethernet NIC, bridged
Refer to the "Deploying Lighthouse VM" articles on the Knowledge Base for specific instructions on deploying the ovf, vmx or hdd file.
- 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 period) 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.