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Initially, it is important to consider the minimum characteristics of the Virtual Appliance, as shown in the table below:


Table - Minimum characteristics of the Virtual Appliance

ModelMemoryDiskCPUInterfaces
BBv-22 GB32 GB24
BBv-54 GB32 GB44
BBv-104 GB32 GB44
BBv-1008 GB120 GB48
BBv-100016 GB240 GB89, with a limit of up to 26
BBv-1000032 GB480 GB329, with a limit of up to 26


To import, download the Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) from Blockbit UTM, for more information see the chapter Download OVAs.

  1. Using your preferred web browser, access the VMware ESXi management console on the VMware Host Client;

      2. Fill in the fields with the following information:

  • User name: User registered in VMware;
  • Password: User password;
  • Click on the “Log in” button.


Login VMware


      3. Click on “Create/Register VM”;


Console VMware


      4. Select the option “Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file”;


Select creation type


  • Click the “Next” button.
  • Select the image of the Blockbit UTM that was downloaded from the Blockbit website and enter the name of the machine in the field “Enter a name for the virtual machine”. Ex .: Blockbit UTM;


Select OVF and VMDK files


  • Click the “Next” button;


      5. Select the desired storage. Ex .: datastore1;


Select Storage


  • Click the “Next” button;


      6. Wait for the OVA to upload. While uploading, the following message will appear: “Extracting OVA, this could take some time ...”. Wait for the completion of this process, which should occur automatically;


Select Storage – “Extracting OVA, this could take some time...


      7. Configure virtual machine settings:

  • Network mappings: Set the network mode appropriate for your environment. Ex.: Mode bridged;
  • Disk provisioning: Set the option to your preference. A brief description of the options follows:
    • Disk Thick: They are disks fully allocated in the datastore, that is, if you create a Thick disk with 20GB, it will occupy 20GB of your datastore;
    • Disk Thin: It is a type of disk that allocates only the space that is written by the virtual machine's operating system. For example, if you create a 20GB disk for a VM, initially it will occupy only a few KB/MB in the datastore, however, the moment you start recording data on it through the operating system, its size can reach the limit of 20GB.

For more information, see the VMware manual. In this example, the configuration “Disk provisioning - Disk Thin” will be used.


Deployment options


  • Click the “Next” button.

      8. Review the configured settings before finalizing upload;


Ready to complete


  • Click the "Finish" button.

The import is complete, just click on the “Power on” button to start the virtual machine and proceed to install Blockbit UTM.

Next, see the settings that must be made at the first access.

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