HOWTO: Add and configure an Imprivata virtual demo appliance on ESX (vSphere)

Step 1 - Download the Imprivata virtual demo appliance

Download the Imprivata virtual demo appliance from the Imprivata support site (credentials needed).

Step 2 - Upload the VMDK and VMX

Upload the VMDK and the VMX file to a folder on the datastore. From the datastore, add the VMX file to the inventory.

Step 3 - Starting the Imprivata virtual demo appliance

After starting the Imprivata virtual demo appliance in ESX, you come across this error: “Failed to open disk scsi0:0: Unsupported or invalid disk type 7. Ensure that the disk has been imported.

imprivata_vmdk_error

Step 4 - Enable SSH on ESX

Enable SSH on the ESX server and execute the following command.

Step 5 - Convert the VMDK to the newest virtual hardware format

vmkfstools -i /vmfs/volumes/datastore/virtual_machine_folder/virtual_machine.vmdk /vmfs/volumes/datastore/virtual_machine_folder/new_virtual_machine.vmdk -d thin

Step 6 - Reconfigure the VM configuration

Remove the disk from the VM configuration and remove the current disk. Attach the new disk to the VM configuration.

Remove the network adapter and add a new network adapter of type E1000.

Step 7 - Start the Imprivata virtual demo appliance

The Imprivata virtual demo appliance will now start without any errors mentioning the virtual hard disk and/or the network.

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