You can download and deploy a fully featured Lighthouse VM software appliance - which can be used freely to centrally manage your Opengear console servers. Please note this download is for your evaluation purposes only. For ongoing commercial use and support you will need to order and install a Lighthouse VM License Key.
With the software appliance there's no additional hardware cost, nor time wasted with set up. Secure communications are initiated on power up. Configurations for each console server and their managed devices are uploaded automatically. No time wasted re-configuring. You can have central monitoring up and running in an hour. The steps are:
- Read Lighthouse License Agreement
- Download Lighthouse VM image
- Deploy Lighthouse VM on your host
- Evaluate Lighthouse solution
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.
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 4 to 8 x 2 GHz CPU core, 16GB RAM.
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.
You can run the download software until you have completed your evaluation. It is a fully featured product and please do contact us if you have questions.
We hope your evaluation is a success and look forward to your order for a Lighthouse VM License Key to enable your ongoing commercial use and support.