The installation of the SteelEye Management Console, or SMC, consists of several important steps:
- A server (virtual or physical) must be identified to host the SMC. This server must be a dedicated system for running the SMC. SIOS Technology Corp. does not currently support running the SMC on servers being used for other purposes. This server does not need to be very powerful, thus a small virtual machine should be adequate. See System Requirements for more details on server requirements.
- The SMC software must be installed by running the setup script either from CD media or the .img file. This process will make the necessary modifications to the system, install the SMC software components and start the SMC services.
- The VMware vSphere Client plug-in must be registered with the vCenter server. Note: The SMC can only integrate with a single vCenter instance; therefore, if deploying multiple vCenter instances, the SMC software must be installed for each vCenter instance.
- The SMC must be configured with the credentials required to communicate with each SIOS LifeKeeper Single Server Protection server managed by the vSphere Client (or the subset that will be managed via the SMC). If a certain set of credentials is valid for multiple LifeKeeper Single Server Protection systems, they can be entered once and credentials for the remaining LifeKeeper Single Server Protection nodes will need to be added individually. More details can be found in Configuring Credentials.