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ITS offers a centralized management application, vSphere vCenter, that lets users manage virtual machines and ESXi hosts centrally.

If you have been given access to the ITS vSphere system, below are details you will need to know to use it.

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Connecting

There preferred method for using vSphere is via it's HTML5 based interface (with partial functionality):

The fallback method for using vSphere is via it's Flex (Adobe Flash, version 27.0.0183 or later) based web client:

Because NCSA's Network Security Policy requires "two-factor bastions, jump-hosts or VPNs for access to administrative interfaces", access to https://vsphere.ncsa.illinois.edu/ is restricted to only the following methods.

vSphere Documentation

Data Centers

Users will have access to one or more of the following Data Centers, depending up on their privileges.

DES

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ITS

 Click here to expand information about ITS clusters...

Setting Up New VMs

This ITS Data Center is distributed with VM clusters in both NPCF 2020 and NCSA 3003.

Datastore

Users can use any of the datastores available to them (except the install-media datastore) to store their VM files. Most of these datastores are on dedicated EqualLogic storage arrays, with a few hosted via NFS from the ITS ZFS storage servers.

Also, be sure to check the "Support clustering features..." when allocating your disk.

Networking

When allocating an IP address for your VM, be sure to select NetEng's "NCSA Building 3003 ITS VM Farm" for the network subnet.

Once you install and configure your VM, you'll need to configure your VM with the following network settings:

  • GATEWAY=141.142.192.1
  • BOOTPROTO=static
  • BROADCAST=141.142.199.255
  • NETMASK=255.255.248.0
  • NETWORK=141.142.192.0


LSST

Refer to LSST vSphere documentation.

Systems

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Setting Up New VMs

This Systems Data Center is distributed with VMs in both NPCF 2020 and NCSA 3003.

Datastore

Users can use any of the datastores available to them (except the install-media datastore) to store their VM files. Most of these datastores are on dedicated EqualLogic storage arrays, with a few hosted via NFS from the ITS ZFS storage servers.

Also, be sure to check the "Support clustering features..." when allocating your disk.

Networking

When allocating an IP address for your VM, be sure to select NetEng's "NCSA Building 3003 ITS VM Farm" for the network subnet.

Once you install and configure your VM, you'll need to configure your VM with the following network settings:

  • GATEWAY=141.142.192.1
  • BOOTPROTO=static
  • BROADCAST=141.142.199.255
  • NETMASK=255.255.248.0
  • NETWORK=141.142.192.0
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