"Cookbook": Installing a Virtual LoadMaster (VLM)

Here is the long promised part of the “Cookbook” Series which explains the easy steps to a LoadBalancer setup. This article particularly applies to test users: The installation and activation of a LoadBalancer virtual application as a packet in Hyper-V or VMware. Let’s start: 

 

Decision for a virtualisation Platform

The VLM is currently available for VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V. Which one should you take? It doesn’t really matter as the appearance will be the same.  So feel free to make the decision on your personal preferences.

In my case I use VMware Fusion on my Macbook.

 

Downloading the latest VLM-Version

Just download the desired version at http://www.kemptechnologies.com/try/ (in my case VMware, server and player), extract the zip archive and you are ready to go.

 

Starting the Virtual LoadMaster using VMware

Select the .vmx file in the opening dialog.

 

 

Start the setup and the LoadMaster will install itself showing the login screen.

Username and password for a new installation are “bal” and “1fourall”. After the input you will be transferred to the licensing screen.

But stop – from here onwards it is easier to continue using the web interface.

 

Accessing the VLM using the web interface

We will now use the fact, that the LoadMaster can be accessed over the network using VMware.

In the upper screenshot you can see that the VLM has been allocated with a DHCP address (192.168.2.113 in this case). If DHCP is not active in the network, 192.168.1.101 will be used as the default fixed IP.

Use your browser to access the VLM via SSL – in this example https://192.168.2.113.
Confirm the browser warning and the licensing request will appear:

 

 

Requesting and Activating the Test Licence

Copy the access code and paste it at http://www.kemptechnologies.com/activate-vlm/ . Shortly after this you should receive a test licence via email. Copy and paste it back into the appropriate field in the VML window.

You should now see this confirmation message:

Next step is the login request. Please change the default username (bal) and default password (1fourall).

Ready!

 

Next steps

The LoadMaster is now ready to use and you can start with the actual configuration.
Important: Accomplish the final interface configuration first, best to start with eth0.

Now the first virtual service can be created. Actually it’s quite easy...
please refer to the documentation found at http://www.kemptechnologies.com/documentation

Or in the next part of the “cookbook” series.

This manual is based on the LoadMaster Firmware Version 5.1-45.

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