The vCommander VM Access Proxy allows you to secure your virtualized infrastructure behind a firewall while still permitting your users console access to their VMs. When you configure the VM Access Proxy, your users can access their VMs within a browser, without the need for a network connection to the managed system.
The VM Access Proxy enables:
- Secure RDP and secure VNC access for Windows VMs on all supported managed system types
- Secure SSH and secure VNC access for Linux VMs on all supported managed system types
- Secure console access for VMs on vCenter 5.x and higher, and on SCVMM
Using the VM Access Proxy is optional. If you don't install and configure the VM Access Proxy, users can still open a direct (non-proxied) console connection to vCenter VMs, and users can open direct RDP, VNC and SSH connections where applicable, providing a route exists between the user's computer and the managed system.
The VM Access Proxy is deployed as a separate Linux appliance, and can be deployed on SCVMM (only SCVMM 2012 R2 is supported).
- Contact Embotics customer support for the SCVMM VM Access Proxy package.
- Extract the VM Access Proxy archive.
- Manually copy the vCommander_VMAccess_Proxy_disk_1.vhd file into the VHDs directory of the Library Server. Example local path to the VHDs directory:
If you have permissions, you can copy the file remotely (for example, to \\<host>\MSCVMMMLibrary\VHDs).
- In the Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager console, go to the Library Servers view.
- Refresh the Library Servers and make sure that the VM Access Proxy drive appears in the list.
You may need to navigate in the Library Servers tree to the VHDs folder, right click the VHDs folder, and click Refresh.
- On the Home tab of the Virtual Machine Manager, click Import Template.
- On the Select Package page of the wizard, in the Package path field, browse to the VMAccessProxy-[System Type].zip file that you extracted from the zip archive.
- On the Configure References page, under Library Resources, click the pencil icon, as shown in the following image:
- Select vCommander_VMAccess_Proxy_disk_1.vhd in the list and click OK.
- Confirm that you want to overwrite the template.
- Click Import to complete the wizard.
- Once the template has been imported, in the VMM console, select the VM Access Proxy template and click Create Virtual Machine.
- Complete the Create Virtual Machine wizard.
- Once the deployment is complete, the VM Access Proxy server should appear in its deployed location.
- Start the VM Access Proxy server.
- Now you must obtain the IP address for the new virtual machine. You will need to enter the IP address when configuring the VM Access Proxy in vCommander in a later step.
In the VMM console, open a console connection to the new virtual machine. Log in using the following credentials:
- Run the command ifconfig
Here's an example showing the IP address: