Topics covered:

Si No. Topic
1 Hypervisor to load the VersionVault Express (VVE)
2 Download the VersionVault Express OVA file
3 Load and import the VVE image into the VirtualBox
4 Create and add storage for the VVE instance
5 Start the VVE instance again with the Storage added:
6 Access the VVE server URL
  1. Hypervisor to load the VersionVault Express (VVE)

As VVE is released as OVA files (Open Virtual Appliance file), that must be downloaded and loaded as a VM in any of the VM provisioning tools or Hypervisor.

You can use any Hyperviosr tools like ESX server, Virtual box VM manager , etc.

In this document we will make use of Virtual Box VM manager (which is one of many options available) and see how we can load the VersionVault Express OVA image in it.

2. Download the VersionVault Express OVA file

The VVE OVA file can be downloaded from the HCL FNO site :  https://hclsoftware.flexnetoperations.com/flexnet/operationsportal/startPage.do

3. Load and import the VVE image into the VirtualBox

3a) Now launch VirtualBox Manager and load the VVE image file (.ova file), following the below screenshots:

3b) Click on “Import” and browse to the OVA file:

3c) Select the downloaded OVA image file and click on “Open”

3d) Click on “Import” so that the VM image will be loaded:

3e) Once the loaded completes, you will see the “HCL VersionVault Express” VM in the VM manager as below:

3f) If you attempt to “Start” the VM then you will get the message as below “Please add a new disk”.

Because the VVE instance needs an explicit storage attached to it too.

3g) Now close and “Power off the machine” and then we will proceed to the step of creating a Storage and attaching it to the VVE instance.

4. Create and add storage for the VVE instance

4a) Click on settings icon on the VVE instance

4b) Select the “Storage” option and click on the “+” symbol (that is next to “Controller: IDE” which stands for “Add hard disk” option

4c) Select the “Create Disk Image” icon and then “VHD”

4d) Select the space that you want to allocate for the VHD and click on “create”

4e) Once the new VHD is created, you can highlight it and click on “choose”

4f) Now the VHD should be listed as the storage in the VVE instance settings window as below

5. Start the VVE instance again with the Storage added:

5a) You can click on any key to skip and start the VVE server.

5b) You can make a note of the URL mentioned in the VM, which will the VVE server URL

6. Access the VVE server URL

6a) Access the URL (shown in the VM instance) in the browser to go to the VVE server configuration:
https://192.168.1.79:8443/

6b) You can click on “Details” and “Go on to the webpage” option to access the URL further

6c) This is how the HCL VersionVault Register page should appear:

6d) You can register with any admin ID and password of your choice and click on “Register” to create the admin ID to begin with.

6e) Once the register completes, you will get access to the VVE server which you can further continue to configure.

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