The Data Center Expert Virtual Appliance help fully describes deploying the Data Center Expert virtual appliance, and the upgrade and migration processes. It is available as a separate document on the APC web site.
Download the 5 node trial of the Data Center Expert Virtual machine here.
The Data Center Expert v7.x server is available as a virtual appliance, supported on VMware ESXi 6.5.0. The full-featured demo of the virtual appliance monitors up to five device nodes and one surveillance node. You can purchase a license key to upgrade to a production version to monitor additional device nodes and activate supported applications, or to migrate from a server hardware version to a virtual appliance.
Note: VMware ESXi 4.1.0 was used as the reference virtualization platform during the development of the Data Center Expert 7.2.x virtual appliance, and is the first supported virtualization platform. The Data Center Expert virtual appliance is delivered as an OVA (Open Virtualization Archive), expected to function properly on any virtualization platform that supports this format, or has an appropriate converter utility.
To use the full-featured demo version of the Data Center Expert virtual appliance, you download the *.ova file from the APC web site, and deploy it to your virtualization platform using the default hardware configuration. For more information, see Data Center Expert virtual appliance equivalent configurations.
The demo version monitors a maximum of five device nodes and one surveillance node by default. To monitor 25 device nodes, add license keys to monitor additional nodes, or activate supported applications, you must upgrade the Data Center Expert virtual appliance demo to the production version.
Note: You can add an additional network adapter to enable private networking, or add additional hard disks to increase storage, after the OVA template is deployed.
To upgrade the demo to the production version, you must purchase and apply an activation key, available on the APC web site. To monitor additional device nodes or activate supported applications, you must purchase and apply node license keys and application license keys for the virtual appliance.
To migrate a Data Center Expert hardware server to a virtual appliance, you must purchase and apply an activation key, and contact APC Support for new node license keys and application license keys for the virtual appliance. To receive these keys, you are required to provide a unique MAC address and serial number for the Data Center Expert virtual appliance, and for the Data Center Expert hardware server you are replacing.
A unique serial number is generated for the Data Center Expert virtual appliance at startup. It is displayed in the "About Data Center Expert" display, accessed from the Help menu.
Note: The serial number for a Data Center Expert hardware server appears only on its serial number sticker.