Most of us were excited when VMware announced its new hardware converged infrastructure appliance EVO:RAIL at VMworld 2014 San Francisco. I was more excited after reading Chad Sakac (@sakacc) post .
Yesterday I received an email about the availability of EVO:RAIl Hands on lab and I could not miss such a chance without testing it..
The direct link to access the lab is : http://www.projectnee.com/HOL/catalogs/lab/1503
So when you start the lab, you have to work through the initial configuration for EVO:RAIL. That includes network configuration, host names, VCenter IP and password etc. Once you are done with this, you hit Validate then you are good to go.
Now you are ready to Say hello to EVO:RAIL
Once you are done with the initial configuration, The appliance is deployed. The deployment goes through 4 phases. All is done while you are drinking your coffee so no manual intervention is needed. It takes around 15 minutes as per VMware documentations (mine took 16:20 minutes till completion)
Once the deployment is Complete… Hooaray!
Now click on the link in the screen to manage your EVO:RAIL appliance.
The steps to create a new VM will not take more than 5 clicks:
- You will first choose the ISO file for your VM.
- Next, You will choose the VM configuration, EVO:RAIL offers 3 predefined sizes for VMs that fit most of the Apps.
- Choose the Network (port group) for this VM
- Finally we choose the security profile for the VM from the 3 predefined security policies (based on VM Risk profile from vsphere 5.5 security hardening guide)
- Once the machine is created, It will appear under Vms tab from the left pane
As per VMware documentation and the current MAXIMUMs docs for EVO:RAIL V1, An EVO:RAIL cluster can support up to 4 appliances (aka 16 nodes). This number should support up to 400 VMs or 1000 VDI machines.