Sophos Virtual Appliances: Importing a Virtual Appliance with ESXi 3.5

  • Article ID: 112409
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2011

Perform the following steps to add a virtual Appliance to your VMware server using the wizard included with VMware ESXi 3.5. This procedure assumes that you have already installed the VMware client software (VMware Infrastructure Client 2.5) included with this version of VMware.

  1. Log in to the VMware server on which you will install the virtual appliance.


  2. Select View|Inventory.


  3. In VMware, select File|Virtual Appliance|Import.


    The Import Location page is displayed


  4. Depending on the installation method you selected in the "Downloading Virtual Appliance Files" procedure in the Virtual Email Appliance Setup Guide, either select Import from file and browse to the directory where you downloaded the .ovf and .vmdk files, or select select Import from URL, and enter the online location of the .ovf file. Click Next.

    Details of the virtual appliance you are about to import are displayed.


    Click Next.

  5. In the Name text box, enter the name of the virtual appliance that will be displayed in the Inventory Tree.


    Click Next.

  6. [Optional] If you are prompted to select a resource pool in which to run the virtual machine, select a pool, and click Next.
  7. To accept the settings, click Finish.


    A message box is displayed, indicating the progress of the import.

  8. When the import is complete, click Close.

    The virtual appliance is displayed in the Inventory Tree.

    Important: Do not power on the virtual appliance yet.

  9. Select Inventory|Virtual Machine|Edit Settings.


    The Virtual Machine Properties dialog box is displayed.


  10. On the Hardware tab, confirm that the Memory, CPUs, and Hard Disk settings. Manually adjust these settings as necessary. For guidelines, see "Determining Disk Space and Memory Requirements."

  11. On the Options tab, select VMware Tools.

    Note: In addition to the "Shut Down" and "Restart" options, other VMware tools are bundled with the virtual Email Appliance. For more information, see the Sophos Knowledgebase.

  12. Under Power Controls, select Shut Down Guest from the first drop-down list (Power Off).


    Then select Restart Guest from the third drop-down list (Reset).


  13. Click OK.

If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

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