Aruba VMC and MM virtual appliance deployment

As part of my Aruba involvement I wanted to show you how to deploy the Mobility Master and the Virtual Mobility Controller in vSphere. It is fairly simple because you just import the ova files into the vSphere cluster where you deploy it and then do most of the configuration afterwards. It is really straight forward.

Anyway, here goes.

Deploying the appliances

Once you are logged into the vSphere Admin console you right click on the cluster where you want to install the appliances.

Right-click on the cluster or folder (or host) and you should see the “Deploy OVF Template. Click on that to open the wizard to deploy the OVA.

Select the location of the ova files. In this case I am deploying a VMC  but the process is the same for the Mobility Master.

Click on next to name and chose a location for your new appliance.

Click on next. Select the Compute recourse. You can select a host or a cluster as I have here. (The red mark on the cluster is for a warning on the VMware side. nothing to do with the deployment here).

Click on Next. You are presented with the details so far. Nothing to change here.

Click on Next. Here you must select your storage and also whether to use thin (Allocated only the space it actually uses) or thick provisioning (Allocates all space at once). I tend to go with thick provisioning here.

Click on Next. Now you need to select which Network you want to deploy the appliance to.

Click on next. Verify the details and click on Finish to deploy the ova.

That’s it, after a few minutes you have deployed the virtual appliance.

You may not need to adjust the configuration of your appliance. You will need to reserve the memory up front of the appliance. This is done by editing the appliance and selecting “edit settings”


N.B.: Do not power on the appliance straight after deploying it. There are still some modifications needed.


Size the appliances as required per table below here:

In my case the minimum is acceptable. So I leave it as is.


Each of the appliances are assigned a bunch of vmnics. You should assign these accordingly.

vmnic1 = your management Network.

vmnic2, 3, and 4 = vmnetwork traffic*

*Mobility Master only supports 3 vmnics.

After doing these modifications you can power on the appliances.

For vRRP traffic you should allow “Promiscuous mode” and “Forged transmits” on the vSwitch. If you do not plan to cluster the mobility master, then you do not need this.


First boot

The first book installs the image and sets up the factory settings. This may take some time so be patient. Once it is ready you get a prompt like the following:

Next steps will be to start configuring the appliances, more about this in the next posts.