Out with the old
My Ubiquiti Unifi 2.0 virtual appliance has gotten quite a few downloads. So I decided to revamp it for 2018. This version is easier to use, comes with the latest UniFi server (as of this post), and can be more easily updated in the future.
I also created a post on how to build your own UniFi server in AWS using a few simple steps too, but for those purists who still need a solution that can run on-prem in VMware or Hyper-V… Long live the OVA Virtual Appliance!
In with the new
So what makes my new “Version 3.0” virtual appliance more kick ass? Simplicity.
This new version comes with a console based menu that allows you to update and configure the appliance.
So what does the menu help with?
- Shows current IP address
- Allows you to easily update Unifi via the official APT repository
- Allows you to configure the network interface (DHCP or Static) without knowing anything about Linux
- Updates my unifi-va scripts directory from my GitHub Repo (http://github.com/recklessop/unifi-va)
- Change the “unifi” user’s password
Basically, all the things that non-Linux people wouldn’t like about running UniFi on a Linux machine can be done via this menu. As I think of more things to add I will update my GitHub repo and you can update your appliance by running option 3 in the menu.
Deploying v3 is just like deploying any other virtual appliance.
First, download the virtual appliance.
Then import it into your hypervisor. For VMware 6.0 and older go to File, then “Deploy OVF Template”. For VMware 6.0 and newer, with the web interface, right click on your cluster or host and select “Deploy OVF Template”.
Configuration is already mostly done, all you need to do is make sure the virtual appliance has an IP address. Once it does go to a browser and type in https://<IP ADDRESS>:8443 and you should see the invalid SSL warning page. Click through it, and you will then see the UniFi Configuration page. From there you can either import an old configuration or create a brand new appliance.
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I’m always looking for feedback. So if you come across something that I could do better in the virtual appliance let me know. You can use the Drift chat box in the bottom right corner, or shoot me a message on Twitter (@recklessop), or shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thanks for reading!
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