Registering Your Infrastructure with NETLAB

  1. In the administrative console:
    • Click Virtual Machine Infrastructure.
    • Click Virtual Datacenters and Management Agents and select Add Datacenter.
    • In the form that appears, add the relevant required information about your datacenter. In most cases this will be the datacenter’s name, the IP address of the server appliance that is associated to the datacenter (this value goes in the Hostname field), and the appliance’s root login credentials.
    • Click Add Datacenter to complete registration.
    • To verify that the datacenter is properly registered, click the Test button to check connectivity.
  2. To add an ESXi host:
    • Return to the Virtual Machine Infrastructure screen and click Virtual Machine Host Servers.
    • After clicking the Add Host button, select the relevant datacenter from the list and wait for NETLAB to detect the hosts associated with that datacenter.
    • After clicking on a host you’ll be prompted to fill in several fields including:
      • hostname (use the IP address of the host;)
      • outside IP address (irrelevant unless you are running a dual-homed network);
      • inside IP address (same as the IP address of the host;)
      • inside vSwitch name (this can be left blank unless you are running a dual-homed network); and
      • communication path.
  3. To add VMs to netlab’s inventory, return to Virtual Machine Infrastructure and select Virtual Machine Inventory, then scroll to the bottom of the window and click Import Virtual Machines, then select your datacenter.

  4. NETLAB will automatically scan it for unregistered VMs and present a list with check boxes you can use to select the virtual machines you want before clicking Import Selected Virtual Machine
  5. Check the configuration settings for each VM (the defaults are usually fine) and click Import Virtual Machines

  6. Clicking OK will return you to NETLAB’s virtual machine inventory.


Creating and Assigning a Pod In NETLAB

  1. In the administrative console click Equipment Pods. Scroll down to the bottom of the window and click Add a Pod, then select the type of pod you want to create.

  2. For the purposes of our environment, we were using the single-host pod version found about 1/3 of the way down the selection menu.

  3. After selecting the pod type, choose a pod number and on the following screen choose a name for the equipment pod.
  4. Once the pod is created, click the magnifying glass next to the PC assignment.

  5. Use the drop-down menus to specify that the pod will use the virtual machine inventory, the datacenter associated with your server appliance, and the name of the virtual machine you want to associate to the pod, respectively.

  6. Return to the administrative console and click Manage Classes.

  7. Select the class name you want to associate your pod to, then scroll down and click the Pod Assignment button.

  8. Find the ID number of your pod and click it, then click the Add Class Level Pod Assignment button near the bottom of the window.

  9. Assign the pod either to teams or individual users.


Note that each addition must be performed separately. Once the pod has been given assignments, it’s ready for reservation by the associated teams or users.