Installation

The VxBlock Central Installation Guide guides you through the installation.

Installation tasks

The tables in the following sections describe high-level tasks to install VxBlock Central and the estimated time required to complete those tasks.

Install VxBlock Central Base

The following table provides the high-level tasks to install VxBlock Central.

Task Estimated time
Migration tasks applicable to only VxBlock Central Version 4.0

These rows only apply for a reinstall on an existing system.

Manually back up existing configuration settings, Alerts, RCM, Inventory, and Roles information 60 minutes
Migrate existing system configuration file 2 minutes
Take a snapshot of the VMs 2 minutes per VM
Pre-installation tasks
Verify system requirements 5 minutes
Download OVA files for Core VM, MSM VM, and MSP VM 10 to 12 minutes for each OVA (sized around 2-3 GB)
Installation tasks
Install and configure Core VM 10 to 15 minutes
Install and configure MSM VM 10 to 15 minutes
Install and configure MSP VM for RCM content prepositioning feature (optional) 10 to 15 minutes
Set up Core VM, validation, discovery and attach to MSM VM 2 to 3 hours
Configure Isilon and cabinet components (optional) 5 minutes
Configure XtremIO X2 for syslog (optional) 10 to 15 minutes
Configure components to send traps 5 minutes for each component
Ensure Cisco Discovery Protocol is enabled on Cisco MDS and Nexus Switches 10 to 15 minutes
Access the VxBlock Central dashboard 5 minutes
Add and configure system and components in VxBlock Central 50 to 70 minutes
Add decrypted system configuration file through the Discovery tab in VxBlock Central (This is an optional task for VxBlock Central Version 4.0 reinstall.) 5 minutes
Input configuration settings and information recorded before running the migration file. (This is an optional task for VxBlock Central Version 4.0 reinstall.) 2 to 3 hours
Configure Secure Remote Services in VxBlock Central 10 to 15 minutes
Upload and install the latest compliance content 5 to 10 minutes
Tailor an RCM profile (optional) 5 minutes
Reset end user license agreement (optional) 2 to 5 minutes
Configure VxBlock Central Lifecycle Management 30 minutes

Install VxBlock Central Workflow Automation

Follow the plug-in download and installation process to install the latest workflow package.

NOTE: Workflow Automation is available on the:
  • VxBlock System 1000
  • VxBlock System 740 and Vblock System 740
  • VxBlock System 540 and Vblock System 540
  • VxBlock System 350 and Vblock System 350
Task Estimated time
Pre-installation tasks
Download VxBlock Central Workflow Automation plug-in and Orchestration Services OVA 5 minutes
Installation tasks
Install and deploy VMware vRO 5 to 10 minutes
Install the VxBlock Central Workflow Automation plug-in 5 to 10 minutes
Install the XtremIO plug-in for vRealize Orchestrator 5 to 10 minutes
Deploy VxBlock Central Orchestration Services OVA 5 to 10 minutes
Configure VxBlock Central Orchestration Services 5 to 10 minutes
Post-installation tasks
Launch VxBlock Central Workflow Automation 5 minutes
Configure VxBlock Central Orchestration Services interfaces 5 minutes
Configure VMware vRO workflows 10 minutes
Configure credentials for VMware vRO workflows 10 minutes

Install VxBlock Central Analytics

IMPORTANT: Analytics is installed at a customer site. It is not installed during the logical build of the Converged System. You must complete the pre-installation and installation tasks to install and configure VMware vRealize Operations, which is required to access Analytics.
Task Estimated time
Pre-installation tasks
Download VMware vRealize Operations adapter 1 minute (approximately)
Installation tasks
Install the VMware vRealize Operations adapter 5 to 10 minutes
Post-installation tasks
Launch VxBlock Central Analytics 1 minute
Configure the VMware vRealize Operations adapter 5 minutes
Configure the MSM VM with VMware vRealize Operations 5 minutes
Add online help for VMware vRealize Operations Manager 3 minutes

Installation Guide

See the latest Dell EMC VxBlock Central Installation Guide for detailed information.