Deploy Coriolis VM
1. Obtain the Coriolis trial appliance image
Contact your Cloudbase Solutions representative for the virtual appliance, which is usually shipped as an .OVA file.
2. Import the image and create a VM from it
Depending on the environment where Coriolis will be deployed, the Appliance disk image may need to be converted to a format accepted by the said platform.
For converting the appliance disk format, Cloudbase recommends the use of qemu-img, as it is both easily obtainable and straightforward to use.
If you’re performing the conversion on a Linux host, please look up how to install qemu-img from your distribution’s standard package repositories. On Windows, a Windows-only build of qemu-img can be obtained from Cloudbase from the following qemu-img page.
For Linux distributions you can use:
qemu-img convert -f vmdk -O qcow2 image-name.vmdk image-name.qcow2
For this example, the Coriolis VM will be deployed in VMWare by importing the .ova file directly from the Web link.
NOTE: if using Coriolis for DRaaS scenarios, deploying Coriolis on the source platform is not recommended for fault tolerance reasons. In DRaaS scenarios, please deploy the appliance on the destination platform or within a space that is external and independent of both platforms.
3. Connect to the Coriolis appliance
After the deployment is complete, connect to the serial console of the Coriolis VM from the platform on which it is deployed.
4. Obtain the password to the admin account for Coriolis
In order to get the admin password of the Coriolis web UI, navigate to option ‘2‘, Show UI Login Details
NOTE: If the environment the Coriolis Appliance was deployed in does not feature DHCP, please login to the serial console of the appliance and manually configure static networking within it, using option ‘4‘ Edit/Inspect Network Settings. It is recommended the appliance be rebooted after any networking-related reconfigurations.
The appliance will automatically configure the settings below if provided by the network configuration or a metadata service. The following settings should be verified and confirmed:
a. Ensure that all network settings are correct for the Coriolis Appliance. This includes the DNS entries, as Coriolis must be able to resolve FQDNs for various online Cloud Providers.
b. Ensure that the Coriolis Appliance is allowed to connect to an online NTP host, or that the time is properly synced with the hypervisor. Certain operations will fail if the time drifts and fails to sync.
5. Login to the Coriolis Web UI
Open a new browser tab and type in the IP address of your Coriolis machine and log in using the credentials from the previous step.
After the credentials are entered, click on Login and the Coriolis Dashboard will load