A set of Windows Virtual Machines (VMs) have been deployed for testing of the new LX Installer on the Portland VMware cluster. To access and manage the virtual machines, you will need to use the vSphere Web Client that is accessible by browsing to the following URL either in Internet Explorer or Google Chrome.
If you are using Internet Explorer, you will need to make sure to add the “mgmt.gtsservices.com” to the Compatibility View sites list. Due to the current use of a self-signed SSL certificate, you will need to approve and proceed past the certificate error that comes up. After that, you will be shown a login screen:
Here, you will need to use the login information that was provided to you by the Systems Team. The accounts are separate from your normal GTS domain login. After logging in, you will be presented with the following screen:
To access the list of VMs, you will want to click on the “vCenter” navigation item on the left-hand side of the screen, and then click on “VMs and Templates”. From there, drill down into the navigation view to: PDX-VC-01 > PDX > Dev > LX Installer Testing.
Once you have drilled down to and opened the “LX Installer Testing” folder, you will see a list of virtual machines and templates that you can use to test the LX installer. The virtual machine templates, denoted by the Template icon and “Template” prefix in the name, is reserved for deployment by the Systems team only.
Each of the VMs are named after the Windows operating system that have been installed and configured, with specific edition and architecture information listed in the VM’s notes. Also, each VM has been created with an “Initial” snapshot in place that never be deleted and only used to roll-back to in order to get back to a clean state. To work on a VM, select the VM in the list of VMs in the navigation pane.
If a VM is in a powered-off state, click on the “Actions” menu at the top of the main VM view pane and choose “Power On”. To take a snapshot of the VM, click on “Take Snapshot…” and enter in the name of the snapshot and a description of what the snapshot is for. If the VM is running, there will be an option to enable “Snapshot the virtual machine’s memory”. You should un-check that checkbox, as the memory state may not always be in a clean state.
To roll-back to a specific snapshot, click on the “Actions” menu, choose “Manage Snapshots…”, and you will get the “Manage VM Snapshots” window giving you a list of snapshots that have been taken for that VM. Select the snapshot that you would like to and click on “Go to”. If the VM is currently running when you start a roll-back, the VM will be powered off.
If you are done with a snapshot, you can choose to delete it by selecting it and clicking on “Delete”. Remember to never delete the “Initial” snapshot.
To access and connect to the VM via Remote Desktop or Windows Explorer, use the primary IP address listed next to the current screenshot of the VM. Please note that the IP address of the virtual machine is dynamic and may change after a reboot.
If you need to shut down the VM, it is recommended that you shut down the machine from within the Windows operating system versus doing a “Power Off” via the VM “Actions” menu.