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This article includes the following sections for Using the VidyoPortal and VidyoRouter Vitural Edition (VE):

 

Using the VidyoPortal and VidyoRouter Virtual Editions (VE) Overview

The VidyoPortal and VidyoRouter Virtual Editions (VE) allow you to enjoy the benefits of the VidyoPortal and VidyoRouter within a virtual environment. The advantages of using virtual appliances include:

  • All the features and functionality of the physical appliance.
  • The simplicity and efficiency of a software-based virtual appliance.
  • Leveraging your investment in VMware vSphere infrastructure.

This section describes how to configure the VidyoPortal VE and the VidyoRouter VE. For information about how to configure the VidyoGateway VE and VidyoReplay VE, refer to the VidyoGateway Administrator Guide and VidyoReplay Administrator Guide respectively.

 

Understanding the VE Requirements

You can now run multiple Virtual Edition Vidyo Servers (of any combination) on the same physical host. Virtual Edition Vidyo Servers may be run on hardware that is also running non-Vidyo virtual machines.

If you have an existing Virtual Edition software deployment, you can upgrade to newer software releases using the same hardware and virtual machine configurations. However, in order to be supported under the new guidelines (such as sharing physical hosts with multiple virtual machines), your virtual machines must adhere to the new virtual machine configurations listed in this section.

To run, the following requirements must be met:

  • Requires VMware vSHere ESXi software as follows:
    • The OVA files for VidyoPortal and VidyoRouter version 17.1.1 can be deployed on VMware vSphere ESXi Hypervisor software version 5.0 or later; however, version 5.5 or later is recommended.
    • The OVA files for VidyoPortal and VidyoRouter version 19.2.0 and later can be deployed on VMware vSphere ESXi version 6.0 or later.
  • Must be compliant with the VMware qualified hardware list at http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php.
  • Requires Intel-based servers with a minimum Xeon 56xx Series at 2.0 GHz or faster, supporting Intel Westmere and newer architectures, with AES-NI and hyper-threading enabled. Xeon E5 family with Sandy Bridge architecture or newer are recommended.
  • At least 1Gbps vNICs.
  • The BIOS settings of the host machine must be set for maximum performance, including both CPU and memory settings.
  • The BIOS settings must enable the Hyperthreading, Virtualization Technology (VT), and Extended Page Tables (EPT) options on all ESX hosts.
  • The memory must be the highest rated speed specified by the host CPU, and all memory lanes of the CPUs must be populated with identical size and speed DIMMS.
  • For 4+ socket systems, set your CPU affinity to two adjacent packages to ensure that transcoding occurs on memory at most one node away.
  • For large memory configurations (64 GB+), ensure that memory access is coalesced from multiple memory channels, e.g., by enabling bank interleaving in the BIOS.
  • When running multiple virtual Vidyo Servers:
    • Maintain 15% of the physical hardware CPU capacity as unreserved when deploying multiple virtual machines on a physical host.
    • When deploying multiple VidyoRouters on the same physical host, ensure that you have sufficient network bandwidth. The physical host should have 1 Gbps Ethernet per 100-port VidyoRouter.
    • The physical host must use CPUs with at least 2.0 GHz in all cases, and in some cases higher CPU speeds are required (see the CPU resource reservation guidelines in the following sections for details).
    • Do not co-locate high availability pairs on the same physical host.

 

VidyoPortal Virtual Machine Provisioning Requirements 

VidyoPortal version 3.3 or later is available as a single Virtual Edition that dynamically enforces capacity limits based on the number of vCPU allocated.  The default OVA has the resource reservations pre-configured for the Usage Profile 1 below, but can be adjusted based on your individual needs. The following configurations are the only supported configurations:

OVA is pre-configured for the below Usage Profile 1 for version 19.2.0.

 

    VM Configuration Resource Reservation Physical Host
Usage Profile VidyoPortal Capacity vCPU RAM
(GB)
Storage
(GB)
CPU
(GHz)
RAM
(GB)
Min. CPU Speed
(GHz)
Usage Profile 1 10,000 Users; 1,000 Tenants 4 12 100 8 8 3.0
Usage Profile 2 10,000 Users; 1,000 Tenants 6 8 100 8 8 2.0
Usage Profile 3 1,000 Users; 100 Tenants 2 8 100 2 8 2.0

VidyoPortal VE may be run together with VidyoRouter VE and/or VidyoGateway VE on the same physical host server for a low-cost solution.

VidyoPortal VE can be configured to use the Hot Standby software option. For more information, see the Hot Standby section.

 

VidyoRouter Virtual Machine Provisioning Requirements

The VidyoRouter will continue to be offered as a Virtual Edition with the following configurations supported: 

  VM Configuration Resource Reservation Physical Host
VidyoRouter Capacity vCPU RAM
(GB)
Storage
(GB)
CPU
(GHz)
RAM
(GB)
Min. CPU Speed
(GHz)
25 4 4 50 6 4 2.0
100 8 8 50 18 8 2.4

Multiple VidyoRouters may be run on the same physical host as long as there is at least 1Gb of Ethernet per 100 ports of VidyoRouter capacity.

 

Example Configurations

Lab or Demo Configuration:

  • One Dell® R220, Intel® Xeon® E3-1286 v3 3.7 GHz 4Core, 16 GB RAM
  • 1 VidyoPortal (1,000 user) + 1 VidyoRouter (25 port) + 1 VidyoGateway (2 HD/4 SD/20 voice)

Small Business Configuration:

  • 2 Dell R220, Intel Xeon E3-1286 v3 3.7 GHz 4-Core, 16 GB RAM each with the following installations:
    • 1 VidyoPortal (1,000 user) + 1 VidyoRouter (25 port) + 1 VidyoGateway (2 HD/4 SD/20 voice)
    • VidyoPortals configured with the Hot Standby software option
    • VidyoGateways clustered to provide an aggregate capacity of 4 HD, 8 SD, and 40 voice
    • VidyoRouters provide 50 ports of aggregate capacity

Mid-Size Configuration:

  • 2 Dell R420, dual Intel Xeon E5-2470 v2 2.40 GHz 10-Core, 8 GB each with the following installations:
    • 1 VidyoPortal (1,000 user) + 1 VidyoRouter (100 port) + 1 VidyoGateway (4 HD/9 SD/50 voice)
  • 1 Dell R620, dual Intel Xeon E5-2667 v2 3.30 GHz 8-Core, 32 GB with the following installations:
    • 2 VidyoGateway (8 HD/18 SD/100 voice)
    • VidyoPortals configured with the Hot Standby software option
    • VidyoGateways clustered to provide an aggregate port capacity 20 HD/45 SD/250 voice
    • VidyoRouters provide 200 ports of aggregate capacity

 

Understanding VMware Best Practices

The following VMware best practices should be followed when running Vidyo VE appliances:

  • The overall CPU utilization should not exceed that of a typical production server (that is, 70% utilization). Add CPU resources or move one or more VidyoPortal VE machines if the host CPU utilization exceeds the recommended threshold.
  • Vidyo recommends that at least 1 vCPU with 2 GHz and 2 GB of RAM is left idle for the hypervisor.

 

Understanding VidyoPortal and VidyoRouter VE Support of VMware Features

The following list includes VMware features and explains if and how they are currently supported by VidyoPortal and VidyoRouter VE:

  • You can store backup copies of your VidyoPortal or VidyoRouter VE appliance using vSphere’s export feature. You can then re-deploy the backup copy using vSphere’s import feature.
  • While your VidyoPortal or VidyoRouter VE appliance is powered off, it may be moved (cold migration) or copied (cloned) from one host or storage location to another.
  • You can resize your virtual machine and add vCPUs and vRAM; however, removing virtual hardware resources are not currently supported.
  • VidyoPortal software updates are managed in the same manner as the regular appliance. Always take snapshots (while your VidyoPortal VE appliance is powered off) before updating. The snapshot can be used to downgrade the software version if needed. For more information, see Upgrading your VidyoPortal System Software.
  • Advanced features, such as vMotion, high availability, fault tolerance, and distributed resource manager are not currently supported.

 

Installing VidyoPortal VE

The virtual appliance's filename reflects the appliance type and the software version. The following screenshots refer to the deployment of a VidyoPortal virtual server appliance with the latest software version at the time of release. Please refer to the latest VidyoPortal and VidyoRouter Release Notes for more detailed information regarding release versions.

Depending on your version of VMWare, you may use the Windows based vSphere client or web-based client. Please refer to your VMWare documentation for more information when using these clients to deploy an OVA.

 

To install VidyoPortal VE:

  1. Log in to the vSphere client.

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  2. Select Deploy OVF Template from the File menu.

    2.png

    The Source dialog box displays.

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  3. Click Browse and select the .ova file from your file system.

    4.png
  4. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to OVF Template Details.

    5.png

    This screen is read-only. If you need to change anything, use the Back button.
  5. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to Name and Location.

    The name displayed is the vSphere default.

    6.png
  6. Type in a more descriptive name if needed.

    7.png
  7. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to Disk Format.
  8. Ensure that either the Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed or Thick Provision Eager Zeroed radio button is selected.

    8.png
  9. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to Network Mapping.

    9.png
  10. Select the network you want the VidyoPortal VE to use.
  11. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to Ready to Complete.

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  12. Select the Power on after deployment checkbox to start your VidyoPortal immediately after you take the next step.
  13. Click Finish.

    The Deploying VidyoPortal VE dialog box displays.

    1a.png

    The Deployment Completed Successfully dialog box displays.

    2a.png
  14. Click Close.

    The vSphere Client window displays.

    3a.png
  15. Click the + sign in the left side pane.
  16. Click VidyoPortal VE in the left-side pane.

    The tabs change.

    4a.png
  17. Click the Console tab.

    You’re at your VidyoPortal VE’s System Console.

    5a.png
  18. Log in as Admin.

    If you haven’t changed your password yet, use the default password we have provided for you.

    You can now configure your VidyoPortal VE.

 

Installing VidyoRouter VE

The virtual appliance's filename reflects the appliance type and the software version. The following screenshots refer to the deployment of a VidyoRouter virtual server appliance with the latest software version at the time of release. Please refer to the latest VidyoPortal and VidyoRouter Release Notes for more detailed information regarding release versions.

To install VidyoRouter VE:

  1. Log in to the vSphere client.

    7a.png
  2. Select Deploy OVF Template from the File menu.

    8a.png

    The Source dialog box displays.

    9a.png
  3. Click Browse and select the .ova file from your file system.

    10A.png
  4. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to OVF Template Details.

    11a.png

    This screen is read-only. If you need to change anything, use the Back button.
  5. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to Name and Location.

    The name displayed is the vSphere default.

    aa.png
  6. Type in a more descriptive name if needed.

    bb.png
  7. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to Disk Format.
  8. Ensure that either the Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed or Thick Provision Eager Zeroed radio button is selected.

    cc.png
  9. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to Network Mapping.

    dd.png
  10. Select the network you want the VidyoRouter VE to use.
  11. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to Ready to Complete.

    ee.png
  12. Select the Power on after deployment checkbox to start your VidyoRouter immediately after you take the next step.
  13. Click Finish.

    The Deploying VidyoRouterVE dialog box displays.

    ff.png

    The Deployment Completed Successfully dialog box displays.

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  14. Click Close.

    The vSphere Client window displays.

    hh.png
  15. Click on the + sign to the left of the ESXi host name.
  16. Click on VidyoRouter VE in the left-side pane.

    The tabs change.

    ii.png
  17. Click the Console tab.

    You’re at your VidyoRouter VE’s System Console.

    jj.png
  18. Log in as Admin.

    If you haven’t changed your password yet, use the default password we have provided for you.

    You can now configure your VidyoRouter VE.
  1. Log in to the vSphere client.

    7a.png
  2. Select Deploy OVF Template from the File menu.

    8a.png

    The Source dialog box displays.

    9a.png
  3. Click Browse and select the .ova file from your file system.

    10A.png
  4. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to OVF Template Details.

    11a.png

    This screen is read-only. If you need to change anything, use the Back button.
  5. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to Name and Location.

    The name displayed is the vSphere default.

    aa.png
  6. Type in a more descriptive name if needed.

    bb.png
  7. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to Disk Format.
  8. Ensure that either the Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed or Thick Provision Eager Zeroed radio button is selected.


  9. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to Network Mapping.

    Installing_VR_VE_8.png
  10. Select the network you want the VidyoRouter VE to use.
  11. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to Ready to Complete.

    Installing_VR_VE_9.png
  12. Select the Power on after deployment checkbox to start your VidyoRouter immediately after you take the next step.
  13. Click Finish.

    The Deploying VidyoRouterVE dialog box displays.

    Installing_VR_VE_10.png

    The Deployment Completed Successfully dialog box displays.

    Installing_VR_VE_11.png
  14. Click Close.

    The vSphere Client window displays.

    Installing_VR_VE_12.png
  15. Click on the + sign to the left of the ESXi host name.
  16. Click on VidyoRouter VE in the left-side pane.

    The tabs change.

    Installing_VR_VE_13.png
  17. Click the Console tab.

    You’re at your VidyoRouter VE’s System Console.

    Installing_VR_VE_14.png
  18. Log in as Admin.

    If you haven’t changed your password yet, use the default password we have provided for you.

    You can now configure your VidyoRouter VE.
  1. Log in to the vSphere client.

    7a.png
  2. Select Deploy OVF Template from the File menu.

    8a.png

    The Source dialog box displays.

    9a.png
  3. Click Browse and select the .ova file from your file system.

    10A.png
  4. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to OVF Template Details.

    11a.png

    This screen is read-only. If you need to change anything, use the Back button.
  5. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to Name and Location.

    The name displayed is the vSphere default.

    aa.png
  6. Type in a more descriptive name if needed.

    bb.png
  7. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to Disk Format.
  8. Ensure that either the Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed or Thick Provision Eager Zeroed radio button is selected.

    cc.png
  9. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to Network Mapping.

    Installing_VR_VE_8.png
  10. Select the network you want the VidyoRouter VE to use.
  11. Click Next.

    The dialog box changes to Ready to Complete.

    Installing_VR_VE_9.png
  12. Select the Power on after deployment checkbox to start your VidyoRouter immediately after you take the next step.
  13. Click Finish.

    The Deploying VidyoRouterVE dialog box displays.

    Installing_VR_VE_10.png

    The Deployment Completed Successfully dialog box displays.

    Installing_VR_VE_11.png
  14. Click Close.

    The vSphere Client window displays.

    Installing_VR_VE_12.png
  15. Click on the + sign to the left of the ESXi host name.
  16. Click on VidyoRouter VE in the left-side pane.

    The tabs change.

    Installing_VR_VE_13.png
  17. Click the Console tab.

    You’re at your VidyoRouter VE’s System Console.

    Installing_VR_VE_14.png
  18. Log in as Admin.

    If you haven’t changed your password yet, use the default password we have provided for you.

    You can now configure your VidyoRouter VE.
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