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Install MSP N-central as a guest on an ESX server

In all of the network configuration screens, you can use TAB or ALT+TAB to move the cursor between selection options, the SPACEBAR to select an option, and F12 to proceed to the next screen without changing the current selections.

  1. Start the VMware vSphere Client (for ESX 5.x and 4.x) or VMware Infrastructure Client (for ESX 3.x).
  2. Create a new virtual machine.
  3. Select Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (64-bit) for the Guest operating system. Do not enable paravirtualization.
  4. Mount a disk or network file system that will allow you to access the N-central installation ISO image. Ensure that the VMware guest is configured to use the mounted disk or network file system as a boot disk.
  5. Start the new virtual machine.
  6. At the installation prompt, type install and press Enter.
  7. If you are not prompted for network information during the installation process, MSP N-central was unable to locate a suitable network card. The installation will continue to conclusion but you will not be able to access MSP N-central. To resolve this issue, please verify that the server has a network card compatible with CentOS 5.5 and re-start the installation process.

  8. Select the type of network configuration. SolarWinds MSP recommends you use the Manual address configuration whenever possible.
  9. Click OK, and press Enter.
  10. If you selected Manual address configuration, enter the IP Address and Netmask, click OK, and press Enter. If you selected Dynamic IP configuration (DHCP), skip to step 11.
  11. Enter the Gateway, Primary DNS and Secondary DNS addresses, then click OK, and press Enter.
  12. Select the hostname configuration either automatically via DHCP or manually, then click OK, and press Enter.
  13. Select System clock uses UTC if your central server uses Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) as a time standard.
  14. It is recommended that you enable UTC.

  15. Select the time zone appropriate for your system, then click OK, and press Enter..

The N-central installation will proceed after which the system will restart. After the installation of N-central is completed, and the screen displays a login prompt.