VMware vSphere Integration Configuration Guide

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Workspot-VMware vSphere Integration Overview

Workspot-VMware vSphere Integration enables the provisioning and managing of VDI desktops from Workspot Control 1. Control provides a simple interface with easy access to VMware ESX / ESXi hypervisor and virtualization server - VMware's platform for implementing and managing virtual machine (VM) infrastructure on a large scale.

Prerequisites and Configuration Notes

The following are general prerequisites:

Steps for integrating VMware vSphere hypervisor (ESXi) with Workspot Control:

  1. Read the instructions.
  2. Add Datacenter.
  3. Download and Install Enterprise Connector: See the Enterprise Connector Configuration Guide. <ttps://workspot.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/206596913>.
  4. Add Configuration for the VMware vSphere configuration type.
  5. Provision Desktops - Add Pools and Assign Desktops - see the Active Directory Integration reference <https://workspot.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/206717426>.

VMware vSphere Integration

  1. Read the instructions: Navigate to Control :: Resources > VDI(0) and review the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Setup panel, shown in Figure 1 below. Figure 1 - Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Setup - First Time Use

  2. Add Datacenter: Click on "Datacenter Setup" link shown in Figure 1 above, or navigate to Control::Setup > Datacenter and click on the Add Datacenter button. Provide a meaningful name to identify the Datacenter's profile, for example, "Cupertino DC" for the purposes of this guide. Note "DC" in the name is short for Data Center. Click the Save button.
    Figure 2 - Name this Datacenter

    The banner should indicate that the "Datacenter created successfully" as shown below.
    Figure 3 - Datacenter Created Successfully - ADD DATACENTER

  3. Download and Install Enterprise Connector: The Status: of a newly created datacenter will be listed as "Not Available". To make the datacenter "Available", click on the name of the datacenter just created, "Cupertino DC" for the purposes of this guide. Click on the Connectors tab and click the Add Connector button. Note the Add Configuration button is disabled until the Connector is onlinee, i.e., Status shows "Connected". Refer to Figure 4 below. For more complete information, refer to the Enterprise Connector Configuration Guide <https://workspot.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/206596913>.   Figure 4 - Manage Datacenter - Connector Added Successfully - Cupertino DC > Configs > No Configs
      Figure 5 - Manage Datacenter - Cupertino DC > Connectors > Connector 1 - Connected

  4. Add Configuration for VMware vSphere: Navigate to Control::Setup > Datacenter. Click on the name of the datacenter just created, "Cupertino DC" in this guide. Click on the Configs tab. Click on the Add Configuration. A panel titled "Add a configuration for the <datacenter name> datacenter" is posed.

    1. Provide a meaningful Name to identify this configuration profile. "vCenter" is used in this example. vCenter happens to be the vSphere management server from VMware that concentrates multiple ESXi hypervisors. Select VMware vSphere as the Configuration Type.
      Figure 7 - Manage Datacenter - Cupertino DC > Configs > Add Configuration - Select VMware vSphere configuration type

    2. Enter the vCenter Server Address (IP address) - the FQDN or hostname of the vCenter web console may be used as well. The vCenter Address, shown in Figure 8 below, is the vCenter server IP Address. Configure to Allow Self Signed Certificates or do not allow. Enter User Name and Password for the vCenter administrator account used for provisioning VMs. Click on the Save button. Figure 8 - Manage Datacenter - Cupertino DC > Configs - vCenter Datacenter Configuration

    3. Two configurations have been defined for the "Cupertino DC" and is ready for VDI provisioning. Figure 9 - Manage Datacenter - Cupertino DC > Configs - vCenter Datacenter Configuration Created

  5. Provision Desktops: Add Pools and Assign Desktops - see the Provisioning Desktops - Integration Configuration Guide <https://workspot.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/211770383>.


List of Figures in this Guide
Figure 1 - Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Setup - First Time Use (FTU)
Figure 2 - Name this Datacenter
Figure 3 - Datacenter Created Successfully - ADD DATACENTER
Figure 4 - Manage Datacenter - Connector Added Successfully - Cupertino DC > Configs > No Configs
Figure 5 - Manage Datacenter - Cupertino DC > Connectors > Connector 1 - Connected
Figure 7 - Manage Datacenter - Cupertino DC > Configs > Add Configuration - Select VMware vSphere configuration type
Figure 8 - Manage Datacenter - Cupertino DC > Configs - vCenter Datacenter Configuration
Figure 9 - Manage Datacenter - Cupertino DC > Configs - vCenter Datacenter Configuration Created

[1] Control is Workspot's cloud-based, comprehensive management solution. Integrated with hypervisor platforms, Control simplifies the automatic provisioning of VDI desktops, and management of configurations and policies applied to the desktops.

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