Section 12 - Building a Mutiny Virtual Appliance

In a number of cases it may be preferable to build your mutiny in an existing virtual enviroment. Mutiny Technology provides a pre-built virtual appliance in the OVF format this allows a user to rapidly build and setup a mutiny appliance.

The Mutiny virtual appliance can be imported on any VMware supported Virtual platform. The screenshots below are from ESXi4 but use the latest ESXi available for your appliance.

12.1. Deploying a virtual mutiny in VMware

Follow these steps to deploy a virtual mutiny appliance

12.1.1. Download or copy the link to the latest virtaul appliance OVF file https://www.mutiny.com/downloads/ 

12.1.2. Open your Virtual Sphere Client and connect to your Virtual Host

12.1.3. From the [File] menu select "Deploy OVF Template" to start the wizard

12.1.4. Step 1 allows you to browse to the location of the template, this can be local or on the web.

12.1.5. Press Next to advance to the details of the Template to deploy.

12.1.6 The next step allows you to rename the Virtual Machine.

12.1.7. Now select the datastore you wish to use, if you are using datastores formatted VMFS3 or higher  you can use thin provisioning at the next step.

12.1.8. We recommend using thin provisioning to save space in your datastore.

12.1.9. The appliance has network interfaces mapped to "London LAN" (whete the template was built) map this to the netwok available in your virtual environment.

12.1.10. The last screen lists a summary of your choices and Pressing Finish will build your new virtual appliance.

12.1.11. You are now complete and ready to complete admin configuration. Refer to Section 4 of this manual.


12.2. Adding USB devices to your virtual machine

Follow these steps to connect a modem or flash memory key to your virtual mutiny appliance.

Ensure you have connected your USB flash drive or USB modem before continuing to the next step.

12.2.1 First you will need to connect to your mutiny host using the VMware virtual client. Connect a Monitor to the host and on the console you will see the esx management IP address.

esxi console screenshot

As the screen shows you can browse to the ip address.

If you alreadfy have Vsphere client installed on your pc you can jump to the next step. Otherwise on the screen that opens you will see a link to download the VSphere client application needed to manage the ESXi host.

Once you have downloaded and installed the client you can run the client and connect to the host.

12.2.2 Start the Vsphere client.

Enter the IP address from the pevious step and enter the username "root" the password is "mutiny123" press login to connect to the host. (If this is your own vmware infrastructure and not a supplied mutiny appliance you will need to obtain the appropiate username and password)

At this point you will receive a certificate warning, which can be ignored.

The client will now connect to the host as shown.

 12.2.3 Edit the virtual appliance settings.

Expand the host as indicated by the red arrow in the previous image.

Select the mutiny appliance, then select "Edit virtual machine settings".

Press the [Add] button as indicated to add new hardware.

Select "USB Device" and [Next>] to continue.

Select your device and press [Next>] to continue.

The device is now connected to the virtual appliance and can be used in the mutiny interface as normal.

 Now start your virtual appliance and continue the set-up in section 4