Obtain a zip-file for your host platform and product type. The available choices can be seen in the table above.
The zip-file contains the necessary files to create a VM appliance containing the VE product.
Use the host environment to create a VM instance with default settings. No customization is required at the host level.
The VM has a virtual NIC for managing the VE product. It should be connected to the appropriate LAN and will use DHCP to obtain an IPv4 address to connect to.
Most VMs have a second virtual NIC for transmitting and receiving test traffic. It should be connected to the device under test (not the management LAN!).
For mlx5 appliances you should use PCI-passthrough to map an appropriate Nvidia NIC port into the VM for transmitting and receiving test traffic.
Then power-on the VM and proceed with Xena-specific setup.
Once the VM is powered-on, use the host environment to open a console on the VM and login with username ‘setup’ and no password. This brings you into the Xena VE – SETUP program:
At the top you can see the management IP address obtained via DHCP. Make a note of this so you know how to connect from the Manager application. You also have the option to specify a static IP address.
You navigate the setup program using the arrow-keys, and press the OK button with the return-key to save and exit. You can terminate without saving by pressing Ctrl-C, but this first time you need to enter a few values. Your input is not validated, so double-check.
Xena’s VE products use a floating license system. By default they obtain permission to run from the public Xena License Host which has a license server called CLS_DEMO.
You should specify two pieces of information that will help identify this product instance to the license system:
- ‘Deployment info´, which is a short free-text description of where the VM is deployed.
- ‘Deployer email’, your email address so the license administrator can reach you.
Then navigate to the OK button and press the return-key, ending your console session.