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Deploying FortiAuthenticator-VM on VMware

Once you have downloaded the out.ovf.zip file and extracted the package contents to a folder on your management computer, you can deploy it into your VMware environment.

To deploy the FortiAuthenticator-VM OVF template:
  1. Connect to your VMware ESXi server by visiting its URL in your browser. Enter your username and password, and click Log in.

  2. Select Create/Register VM.


    The VM creation wizard opens.

  3. Select Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file, and click Next.

  4. Enter a name for your VM and select the OVF (FortiAuthenticator-VM.ovf), firmware VMDK (fac.vmdk), and data storage VMDK (datadrive.vmdk) files previously extracted to your management computer, and click Next.

  5. Select which ESXi server's datastore to use for the deployment of FortiAuthenticator-VM, and click Next.

  6. Read the licensing terms and click I agree and Next.

  7. Select the appropriate network mappings, disk provisioning, and power on options for your deployment, and click Next.
    • Thin Provision: This option optimizes storage use at the cost of sub-optimal disk I/O rates. It allocates disk space only when a write occurs to a block, but the total volume size is reported by VMFS to the OS. Other volumes can take the remaining space. This allows you to float between your servers and expand storage when your size monitoring indicates there is a problem.
      Once a Thin Provisioned block is allocated, it remains in the volume regardless of whether you have deleted data, etc...
    • Thick Provision: This option has higher storage requirements, but benefits from optimal disk I/O rates. It allocates the disk space statically. No other volumes can take the allocated space.

  8. Review the summary of your VM settings, and click Finish.

  9. Select your newly created VM and launch it.
    The VM console will be displayed where you can monitor the booting progress of your FortiAuthenticator-VM.

Deploying FortiAuthenticator-VM on VMware

Once you have downloaded the out.ovf.zip file and extracted the package contents to a folder on your management computer, you can deploy it into your VMware environment.

To deploy the FortiAuthenticator-VM OVF template:
  1. Connect to your VMware ESXi server by visiting its URL in your browser. Enter your username and password, and click Log in.

  2. Select Create/Register VM.


    The VM creation wizard opens.

  3. Select Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file, and click Next.

  4. Enter a name for your VM and select the OVF (FortiAuthenticator-VM.ovf), firmware VMDK (fac.vmdk), and data storage VMDK (datadrive.vmdk) files previously extracted to your management computer, and click Next.

  5. Select which ESXi server's datastore to use for the deployment of FortiAuthenticator-VM, and click Next.

  6. Read the licensing terms and click I agree and Next.

  7. Select the appropriate network mappings, disk provisioning, and power on options for your deployment, and click Next.
    • Thin Provision: This option optimizes storage use at the cost of sub-optimal disk I/O rates. It allocates disk space only when a write occurs to a block, but the total volume size is reported by VMFS to the OS. Other volumes can take the remaining space. This allows you to float between your servers and expand storage when your size monitoring indicates there is a problem.
      Once a Thin Provisioned block is allocated, it remains in the volume regardless of whether you have deleted data, etc...
    • Thick Provision: This option has higher storage requirements, but benefits from optimal disk I/O rates. It allocates the disk space statically. No other volumes can take the allocated space.

  8. Review the summary of your VM settings, and click Finish.

  9. Select your newly created VM and launch it.
    The VM console will be displayed where you can monitor the booting progress of your FortiAuthenticator-VM.