PernixData FVP in my lab. Part 2 – Installation


In the second article of this series I want to cover the PernixData FVP installation process.

If you would like to read the other parts in this article series please go to:

In the first article, I showed you how I have prepared my servers to host the PernixData software.
A PernixData FVP installation combines FVP enabled VMware ESXi hosts and the PernixData FVP Management Server with the VMware vSphere platform.
The following three component form the PernixData FVP platform.
  • PernixData FVP Host Extension software on ESXi host(s)
  • PernixData FVP Management Server software on a Windows server
  • PernixData FVP UI Plugin on guest servers where the vSphere Client is installed
The product diagram in figure 1 illustrates at a high level the various components of the PernixData FVP and where they are installed. The PernixData FVP host extension is installed using the ESXI CLI and requires no other configuration. The initial FVP Management Server configuration, including database connection details, is established during installation.
FVP Components


PernixData FVP Host Extension

Using SSH copy the PernixData Host Extension zip file for your version of ESXi to each host in the cluster. For a better result, use “scp”.

Put the host in maintenance mode, login to the host shell via SSH as root and type the command below:

esxcli software vib install -d <ZIP file name with full path> —no-sig-check


Now you need to backup the ESXi configuration to the boot device, using the command below:


Remove from maintenance mode and do the same on the remaining hosts.

PernixData FVP Management Server

I decided to install the PernixData FVP Management Server on the vCenter Server itself. This it is not mandatory, if you want you can chose another server. PernixData FVP Management Server requires a database to work. I decided to use my centralized DB Server.

Log on to the server and start the installer

Click Next on the welcome screen


Accept the License Agreement and click Next.


Choose the Installation Folder and click Next.

Dest. Folder

I have choose the Complete installation. This install both server and remote CLI tools. Click Next.


In the next window, we need to provide VMware vCenter Server Logon Information. Then click Next.

vCenter credential

Now you need to provide the database server details. Then click Next.


Specify now, how the FVP Management Server should be identified on the network. This hostname or IP address should be accessible from all vSphere clients.


Click Install to begin installation.


Before the end of the installation, we are asked whether to install JRE_SE 1.7.0. Click Yes.


Click Finish to close the installer



Install PernixData FVP UI Plugin

The FVP UI Plugin should be installed on all Microsoft Windows systems that run VMware vSphere Client software.

The FVP UI Plugin is available in the vSphere Plug-in Manager. Login to the vCenter server using the vSphere Client. Select Manage Plug-ins from the Plug-in drop down menu.

In the available Plug-ins section, click the Download and Install… link in the Status column.


In the Open File, click Run and install the plug-in.

Alright we have now reached the end of part 2 of this multi-part articles series.
If you would like to read the other parts in this article series please go to:


  • Greg Peck

    Wondering if you continued on with testing.

    • Francesco

      Hi Greg, tests are done.
      I only need to find the time to post on the blog.
      Stay tuned.