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How to Deploy GravityZone in Nutanix

Introduction

GravityZone is a business security solution built from ground-up for virtualization and cloud to deliver security services to physical and virtual endpoints, mobile devices and Exchange mail servers, on premises, in private and public cloud.

GravityZone delivers multiple layers of security for endpoints, including Microsoft Exchange mail servers: antimalware with behavioral monitoring, zero day threat protection, application control and sandboxing, firewall, device control, content control, anti-phishing and antispam.

The unique architecture of GravityZone allows the solution to scale with ease and secure any number of systems. GravityZone can be configured to use multiple virtual appliances (VAs) and multiple instances of specific roles (Database, Communication Server, Update Server and Web Console) to ensure reliability and scalability.

Each role instance can be installed on a different appliance. Built-in role balancers ensure that the GravityZone deployment protects even the largest corporate networks without causing slowdowns or bottlenecks. Existing load balancing software or hardware can also be used instead of the built-in balancers, if present in the network.

GravityZone is delivered as a Linux Ubuntu self-configuring hardened virtual appliance, embedded into a virtual machine image, easy to install and configure through a CLI (Command Line Interface). The virtual appliance is available in several formats, compatible with the main virtualization platforms (OVA, XVA, VHD, OVF, RAW). GravityZone can be imported to run on any virtualization platform.

This article aims to explain how to import and deploy GravityZone VA in Nutanix.

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Importing the GravityZone VA

  1. Download the latest GravityZone OVA and MD5 files from the Bitdefender website.
  2. Extract the virtual HDD file (GravityZoneVA_signed-disk1.vmdk) from the OVA, using an archiver of your choice.
  3. Log in to PRISM, the Nutanix Web Console.
  4. Import the VDMK file:
    1. Click the gear button at the upper-right corner of the console to access the Settings menu and then select Image Configuration.
      Settings - Image Configuration option
      The configuration window is displayed.
    2. Click Upload Image. A new window pops up, asking you to enter image details.
    3. Enter a suggestive name for the image.
    4. From the Image Type menu, choose Disk.
    5. From Image Source, select Upload File and then choose the VDMK file you have previously extracted.
    6. Click Save. Wait while the virtual drive is being uploaded. When finished, you will be able to view the image in the list of existing images.
  5. Create the virtual machine for GravityZone VMDK file:
    1. Go to the VM page using the menu at the upper left corner of the console.
      VM page selector
    2. Click the Create VM button at the upper right corner of the page.
      Create VM button
    3. In the new configuration window, enter the requested details:
      • A suggestive name and a description for the VM.
      • Hardware configuration such as number of CPUs, cores per CPU and memory. These values must meet the GravityZone requirements. You can find mode information in the Gravityzone Installation Guide.
    4. Click Add new disk. A configuration window is displayed.
    5. Configure the disk settings as follows:
      • Type: Disk
      • Operation: Clone from Image Service
      • Bus Type: IDE
      • Image: the image you have previously created.
    6. Click Add.
    7. Click Add new NIC and choose the network you want to use.
    8. Click Save.

Deploying GravityZone

  1. In Nutanix console, go to the VM > Table section.
    Table section
  2. Power on the newly created machine.
    Power on VM
  3. Click Launch Console.
    Launch Console

    The GravityZone CLI interface is displayed and you can begin to configure and install GravityZone in your network. For details regarding installation steps, refer to the "GravityZone Installation and Setup" chapter of Gravityzone Installation Guide.

    GravityZone CLI Interface - Password change

     

    GravityZone CLI Interface - Login

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