WANrockIT: Deploying on ESXi vSphere Client


This guide will teach you how to deploy your WANrockIT Node into your VMware environment using the vSphere client. This guide is suitable for deploying a WANrockIT series, PORTrockIT series or a WANrockIT CSP Node. For a full guide on OVF deployment consult the VMware Guide at:

VMware’s ESXi can be downloaded from the VMware download page located at


From the File menu within the vSphere client, click on “Deploy OVF Template…”


Click on the Browse button, select the location of the Bridgeworks OVA file and click ”Next”, as shown in the image below.


As soon as the template has loaded you will be presented with the following page. Confirm you are deploying the correct product, and click “Next”.


You will be presented with an end user licence agreement, i.e. the same EULA that was accepted when you purchased the AWS Node. It is important to read through this agreement thoroughly. In order to proceed you must accept the agreement by clicking “Accept” followed by “Next”.


Enter a name for the virtual machine. In this example, the name is “WANrockIT CSP”.


Select a data store with at least 1GB of free space for the WANrockIT virtual machine and click ”Next”.


Three network ports will need to be configured and connected to relevant vSwitches.

Clicking on each network port will give you information about what each port is to be used for:

  • Port 1 (Management): This is used to access the web interface for managing your Node.
  • Port 2 (WAN): This is used to connect to your other WANrockIT across a WAN link.
  • Port 3 (LAN): This is used to connect to the device to which you want to apply the acceleration.

It is important to note that if you are using the “FTP client” protocol on Port 3, it will require a network bridge to Port 2 to act as a “bump in the wire”. To this end it is important that both ports are isolated from each other to prevent loops being created in the network.

To complete, click on “Next” and then “Finish”.


Congratulations, you have finished deploying your Bridgeworks WANrockIT CSP Node. If you are planning on using the FTP feature, you must set up your vSwitches to use promiscuous mode; the instructions for this are outlined in Configuring your On-Prem Node for FTP Servers in AWS.

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