Setting up a virtual appliance with Hyper-V

You can set up a virtual machine with Hyper-V and use it as a platform for running the Web Gateway appliance software.

Hyper-V is a role in several Microsoft Windows Server products that provides the tools and services to create virtualized servers. You can use these servers as the virtual machines that are required for running Web Gateway as a virtual appliance.

Multiple virtual appliances can be set up this way on one hardware system, allowing you to work with multiple separate operating systems.

Supported platforms

The following Hyper-V server products are supported as platforms for running a virtual Web Gateway appliance.

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)

System requirements

Ensure that the following requirements are met on the hardware system you are using when setting up a virtual Web Gateway appliance with Hyper-V.

Table 1: System requirements for running a virtual appliance
Use Memory (RAM in GB) Hard disk space (in GB) CPU cores
Functional testing (one user) or Central Management console (no traffic) 4 80 2
Production (minimum) 16 200 4
Production (recommended) 32 500 at least 4

Static MAC address

A virtual machine on a Hyper-V server platform is by default configured to use dynamic MAC addresses. When Web Gateway runs as a virtual appliance on this platform, using dynamic MAC addresses results in losing IP address information after a restart.

For this reason, the default settings must be changed to let the virtual appliance use a static MAC address.