3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 20, 2013 1:26 AM by skloepping RSS

    Virtual appliance best practices

    dtomko

      What would be best options to configure virtual appliances. i.e. vmware virtual machine settings for MWG 7.x.

      First, i would like to ask about type of networking adapter: is vmxnet3/2 supported by MWG 7? Will I get any performance gain changing adapter type?

      What about virtual disk types?

      Any other conderations(number of cores per socket, ....)?

        • 2. Re: Virtual appliance best practices
          dtomko

          prajoshgeorge,

          thanks for your response. Interesting videos, but really "lite" because it uses vmware player as hypervisor. I would be interested in using advanced ESXi features that I have mentioned and whether I would gain any performance increase with that.

          • 3. Re: Virtual appliance best practices
            skloepping

            Hey dtomko,

             

            for a general and supported setup you may want to cionsult our Product Guide:

             

            Web Gateway 7.3.1 Product Guide

            http://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=PD24275

             

            Requirements for setting up a virtual appliance

            To set up a virtual appliance, the following is required:

            • One of the following VMware types:

            • VMware ESX

            • VMware ESXi

            VMware Workstation version 5.5 or later is not supported, but can be used for testing purposes.

            • Virtual machine host system with the following specifications:

            • CPU — 64‑bit capable

            • Virtualization extension — VT‑x/AMD‑V

            • Virtual machine with the following specifications:

            • Memory — 4 GB

            • Hard disk space — 200 GB

            • CPU cores — 2 (minimum)

             

            Saying that i would have to say that the sizing really depends on your setup, needs, deployment, rule sets, used features (SSL Scanner) and so on. The only thing i would recommend is not to use web cache in a virtual environment which could(!) lead to I/O Performance issues. But as always, there is no general "do not do that" rule.

             

            Network cards: E1000 | VMXNET 3 are supported, say i would suggest to use vmxnet3 cause this drivers onloads a bit more of cpu usage from the VM to the hypervisor.

             

            Disk: BusLogic Controller (recommended) but LSI Logic Controller is also supported. Thin or Thick provisioning? Well, i would always go thin if your storage is capeable of doing the realy I/O work.

             

            Best Regards

            SK