Running OpenDNS VA in AHV

  • 26 October 2018
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We attempted to migrate our ODNS as well as setup new VM's in AHV by extracting the vmdk's but each time we get the below screen on boot. Has anyone else successfully got the ODNS VA to run in AHV? I've tried editing the vm's xml file to change the video type and vram but no luck as of yet:


Best answer by greg.locke 22 March 2019, 17:46

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have you tried with other browser with compatibility mode !
Yep Sadly its a no go. It's how the virtual appliance is picking up the displau. As far as i can tell Cisco Umbrella VA is not compatible with AHV atm and there is no workaround.
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Correct. At this time (and for foreseeable future), Cisco has mentioned that there is support for VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V 2008-2012. There is currently no support for Citrix XenServer, Nutanix AHV, nor Microsoft Azure as a hosting platform.

That said, has anyone else had any luck getting a Cisco OpenDNS/Umbrella Virtual Appliance running on their AHV host?
Seems like with version 2.4.3 VA, it will now run without the error!

Trying this right now!
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Seems like with version 2.4.3 VA, it will now run without the error!

This is confirmed!. Had to deploy the OVF in vsphere first then move over to AHV. I did try extracting the vmdk's and deploying with that but the VM would stall on the Umbrella loading screen.

Thanks for the heads up greg!
I think it stalled for you because you left the 'cdrom' on the vm
ptep, how did you go about exporting the images from ESXI?
Did you just export the ovf and vmdk's then upload those files?
greg.locke / petep -
How did you get the 2nd disk to import? When I try to create a VM from the VMDKs, it throws an error saying the 2nd disk has a 0GB size, since it's so small.
After a quick call to support, I got it working. Just for posterity, here's what I did:

  1. Pull the two VMDKs out of the OVA.
  2. Upload both disks to the Image Service (Umbrella_D1 and Umbrella_D2).
  3. Create a new VM (Umbrella_VA): 1 CPU, 0.5 RAM, 1 NIC, Remove CD-ROM, Add Umbrella_D1.
  4. Log in to a CVM via PuTTY, and elevate to an acli prompt.
  5. Attach disk 2 using "vm.disk_create Umbrella_VA clone_from_image=Umbrella_D2 bus=scsi index=1".
  6. Remember to take a snapshot before initial power-on!
  7. Clone from the "Pre-Boot" snapshot as needed.