In order to install flexVDI 3.1, you will need the following files.
Both files can be downloaded from the flexVDI Customer Portal.
flexVDI 3.1 requires the following components to be successfully installed:
To these requirements, you have to add the RAM, CPU cores and disk space you want to dedicate to your Guests and to image cache.
Besides, make sure virtualization support is enabled in system BIOS. Look for an option in CPU configuration called "Enable VT-x" or "AMD-V" and check that it is set to "yes".
Open a web browser and go to https://portal.flexvdi.com. If you have not done it yet, register with a user name and a password in the 'Register' tab. Then, enter your credentials in the login form:
Once you have been logged in, go to the Products option, if you are not already there.
From that section you can download the Installer and the latest images of the flexVDI Manager. You only need to download the Manager image if your hosts have limited access to the Internet.
Here you will also find links to this documentation, other downloads and the support platform (http://support.flexvdi.com).
The product page in the Customer Portal shows the support contracts and user licenses that you have acquired. Support contracts allow you to receive support and software updates, while user licenses allow your users to connect to VDI sessions. By default, an evaluation contract and license are created when you perform your first installation, allowing you to test flexVDI 3.1 for 30 days with up to 10 users. As you purchase additional licenses and contracts, they will appear in the product page. More on contracts and licenses later in this guide.
During the installation, please follow these simple guidelines:
Since flexVDI 3.1, there is the possibility of directly assigning a PCI storage device (e.g. NVMe) to a Guest, with minimum overhead, using the KVM's PCI Passthrough feature. For this feature to work, you will need to enable IOMMU groups in the kernel. Add the following parameters to your kernel command line and reboot:
If you do not know what this is about, you can skip this step.
Then, the flexVDI 3.1 installer will help you configure the access to the repository. Download it to your first host and run it:
# chmod u+x ./flexvdi-installer-3.1 # sudo ./flexvdi-installer-3.1
The installer will first show you the End User License Agreement. You must accept it in order to install flexVDI 3.1. You can use "space" key to move forward, and "q" to end viewing the license terms (as you do when using the "less" command). Then, follow the instructions to log in the Customer Portal:
1.- Subscribe this host with the flexVDI Customer Portal Enter a name for this host [flexhost01.example.com]: Enter your Customer Portal username: test Enter your Customer Portal password: ******** Successfully logged in the Customer Portal!
The next step will show you a list with your currently active contracts, and you can select one of them. If there is only one, it is selected for you:
2.- Configure yum repositories - Repository flexVDI 3.1 needs an active contract. Using contract flexVDI 3.1 30-day Evaluation (2017-08-22 - 2017-09-21)
Finally, the installer will use yum to install the flexVDI packages for you. Once done, you can continue configuring your first flexVDI host.
If you have any problem during package installation, you do not have to run the installer again. Just run '
In general, updating the flexVDI packages when a new version is published is as easy as running
yum update on your hosts. However, always take these considerations into account:
For more details, see Updating flexVDI software