Installation requirements

  • OVA with Hystax Acura (provided by request)
  • Hystax Acura Controller from the provided OVA with not less than 4 vCPUs and 8 Gb RAM and a 50Gb disk
  • Hystax Acura Cloud Agent requires at least 2vCPUs and 4 Gb RAM
  • A user with administrative permissions to operate VMware APIs
  • Security groups allowing the following traffic:
  • Hystax Acura host:
  • Ingress – tcp/443;
  • Ingress – tcp/4443;
  • Ingress – udp/12201.
  • Hystax Cloud Agent (launched manually in the target ESXi or vCenter cluster):
  • Ingress – tcp/80;
  • Ingress – tcp/3260;
  • Ingress - tcp/15000.
  • Source network should have DHCP enabled to allow communication between Acura’s components. If that is not possible, please assign static IPs for the instances by editing their network configuration as described in our example Knowledge Base article.

Installation steps

  1. Create a machine from the OVA with Hystax Acura and start it.
  2. Open a web browser and go to https://<ip_address_of_the_machine>/. You will be redirected to the Hystax Setup Wizard. After you perform all the steps, the installation will be complete, and you will be able to start using Hystax Acura.
  3. Step 1: Enter an organization name and the new Hystax Admin User credentials into the Setup Wizard. This will be the user account for logging in to the Hystax Acura Control Panel and managing the system. If there are any errors, the system will notify you.


  1. Step 2: Fill in your Hystax License key that was supposed to be shared with you in advance as well as the settings for accessing your mail server, which will be used to send notifications from Acura and generate periodic reports.

If you prefer a public SMTP server associated with your email address (gmail, yahoo etc.), please find its settings online. In case of a private SMTP server, contact your network administrator for further details.


As means of SMTP security, only mail servers with SSL are supported at this point.

A sample notification will be sent to the specified “Test email” to verify the functionality when you click “Next”.


  1. Step 3: Fill in all the fields by providing cloud configuration details. Use question mark icons to get hints on the fields. After you click “Next”, the Setup Wizard will validate the entered data and notify you in case of an error.


Field Description Example
Endpoint IP or FQDN of the target vCenter or ESXi host my.vmware.loc
Login User that will be used to work with VMware APIs. In order for the solution to work properly, this user must have Administrative permissions. acura_admin
Password Password for the provided user mypass
Target ESXi hostname Hostname of the ESXi host that the machines will be replicated to localhost
Target datastore Name of the datastore that the machines will be replicated to Datastore1
Hystax Acura Control Panel Public IP Public IP which will be used to access the Hystax Control Panel via web browser and by replication agents
Additional parameters Panel Public IP Other additional parameters in JSON format, for example: {“parameter”:”value”} {“vmware_name_postfix “: “replica”}
  1. Step 3: Installation is complete, and you can now log in to the Acura Control Panel (ACP) using credentials entered in the first step.


Congratulations, you are now ready to use Acura!