Virtual Server Appliance User manual (Version 3.0.0)  

3 Activate the VSA

The HELIOS Virtual Server Appliance has been designed as a ready-to-deploy VM (Virtual Machine) image. This means no installation process is required, the image file just needs to be imported into the hypervisor (virtualization solution). The Virtual Server Appliance is supported on the following hypervisors:

The following section describes how to import the appliance into the different hypervisors. By default, one system disk and one Ethernet network adapter are used. Customers can later add a second disk intended for the data volume group. As customers' needs may vary, the data disk image is not included.


Additional CPUs, memory, and network adapters can be added depending on the deployment requirements.

3.1 Virtualization platforms

The HELIOS Virtual Server Appliance is shipped in two distribution formats:

3.1.1 VMware ESX

VMware ESX supports the OVF/​OVA standard.


In the vCenter/vSphere client, select Actions > Deploy OVF Template… (on ESX standalone, open the “New virtual machine” wizard from the “Host” menu, then select Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file).


Choose the file “HELIOS VSA 3.0.ova” and follow the import dialog instructions.

3.1.2 Microsoft Hyper-V

Microsoft Hyper-V supports VHD disk images.


Extract the file “HELIOS VSA 3.0 for”.


Copy the extracted file “HELIOS VSA.vhd” to the Windows machine that is running Hyper-V.

A good location to copy the image to is the default path for new virtual hard disks, which is “C:\​Users\​Public\​Documents\​Hyper-V\​Virtual hard disks” (on Hyper-V 2012) or “C:\​ProgramData\​Microsoft\​Windows\​Hyper-V\​Virtual Hard Disks” (on Hyper-V 2008).


Open the “Hyper-V Manager” program and start the “New Virtual Machine Wizard” (Action > New > Virtual Machine).


Choose e.g. “HELIOS VSA” as the name for the new virtual machine. In the next steps, assign virtual memory (a minimum of 1024 MB is recommended) and a network connection to your virtual machine.


If your server does not have a suitable virtual network yet, use the “Virtual Network Manager” to create one. See the Hyper-V documentation for details.


In the “Connect Virtual Hard Disk” step, choose Use an existing virtual hard disk and select the VHD image file prepared above. Then finish the wizard.

3.1.3 Other virtualization solutions

There are other virtualization solutions (VMware Workstation/​Fusion, Oracle VirtualBox, etc.) that support the distribution formats listed above. While HELIOS Virtual Server Appliance will work on most hypervisors, there is only limited testing and support. Therefore these solutions can be used for tryout and testing but are not recommended for production environments.

Things to consider when using unsupported hypervisors:

3.2 Log in for the first time

After starting the Virtual Server Appliance you will be asked to enter your login name and password.


Enter “root” as login name and “helios” as password.


It is strongly advised to change the password as soon as possible using Configuration Assistant!

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