So, you’ve looked at OmniCenter on the Netreo.com website and decided that you’d like to give it a test run. But how do you get the VA, there are no download links on the site? That’s what we’re going to cover here.
The OmniCenter virtual appliance is currently available for three types of virtual environments: VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V and Scale Computing HC3. You’ll need to know which environment you’ll be deploying in so you can select the option. (FYI: OmniCenter is also available as a hardware appliance.)
On the home page of the Netreo website, you should see a blue button that says GET A FREE TRIAL. Click this to be taken to the form for ordering your download.
Most of the fields on this form are optional, but filling them out now will make providing support a little easier. Everything is pretty self-explanatory except, perhaps, the TIME FRAME field. This field is simply an estimate of how soon you expect to be deploying OmniCenter in a production capacity. Just select the option that best fits your situation.
Remember to check the minimum requirements next to the form, and be sure your deployment environment can handle running OmniCenter alongside whatever else you’re currently running. At the time of writing, the minimum requirements are:
- 8 CPU cores
- 8GB RAM
- 100GB low-latency storage
Submit the form. Shortly thereafter, you’ll get an email containing an evaluation license key and a pin number. These will be required to activate OmniCenter once it’s deployed.
The email will also contain a URL that can be used by your virtual environment manager to deploy OmniCenter. Although the URL is formatted as a hyperlink in the email, it’s not really meant to be clicked. A lot of people immediately click the link and then get confused because the downloaded file is not executable. The URL is really intended to be given to your virtual environment manager so that it can retrieve the virtual machine template file that OmniCenter is provided in. Having said that, you certainly could download this file to your local machine and then provide the “local” location to your virtual environment manager for deployment. However, there is little point to doing this unless you just like moving files around.
That’s really all there is to it. Go to the website, fill out the form, wait for the email. Once you get the email, you can read about actually deploying OmniCenter in your particular virtual environment in one of these other articles: