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You can configure a vNIOS appliance as a single Grid member, a reporting member, or two vNIOS appliances as a vNIOS HA Grid member. To configure a vNIOS HA Grid member, deploy two vNIOS appliances and define the network settings for each node. Connect to the Grid Master and specify the two vNIOS appliances as nodes in the HA pair. The procedure is the same as joining two physical appliances as an HA pair. You must configure a Grid Master and set up the Grid before you join Grid members. For information, see Configuring vNIOS Appliances as Grid Masters.
To configure a vNIOS appliance as a Grid member or a reporting member:

  1. Define the vNIOS appliance on the Grid Master, as described in Provisioning vNIOS Members on the Grid Master.
  2. Specify the initial settings and join the vNIOS appliance to the Grid, as described in Configuring and Joining vNIOS Grid Members.

Provisioning vNIOS Members on the Grid Master

Before you configure the individual appliances that you want to add to the Grid, you must first define them on the Grid Master, as follows:

  1. Log in to the Grid Master.
  2. From the Grid tab, select the Grid Manager tab -> Members tab, and then click Add -> Add Grid Member from the Toolbar.
  3. In the Add Grid Member wizard, enter the following and click Next:
    • Member Type: Select Virtual NIOS.
    • Host Name: Type the FQDN (fully qualified domain name) of the vNIOS single or HA appliance that you want to add to the Grid.
    • Time Zone: If the vNIOS Grid member is in a different time zone from the Grid, click Override and select a time zone.
    • Comment: Enter useful information about the vNIOS appliance.
  4. Enter the following information about the member that you want to add to the Grid and click Next:
    For a single Grid Member:
    • Standalone Member: Select this option.
    • Address: Type the IP address of the vNIOS Grid member.
    • Subnet Mask: Choose the netmask.
    • Gateway: Type the IP address of the default gateway of the vNIOS Grid member.
    • Port Settings: The default value is Automatic. You cannot change port settings for vNIOS appliances.
    For an HA Grid member:
    • High Availability Pair: Select this option.
    • Virtual Router ID: Enter a unique VRID number—from 1 to 255—for the local subnet.
    • Required Ports and Addresses: Enter information about the following virtual interfaces: VIP, Node 1 HA and LAN ports, Node 2 HA and LAN ports. The VIP address and the IP addresses for all the ports must be in the same subnet. Enter the IP address of the gateway for the subnet on which the interfaces are set. This is the same for all interfaces. All fields are required. Note that you cannot change the port settings.
  5. Optionally, define extensible attributes. For information, refer to the Infoblox NIOS Documentation.
  6. Save the configuration and click Restart if it appears at the top of the screen.

Configuring and Joining vNIOS Grid Members

After you successfully install the vNIOS virtual appliance and start the vNIOS appliance, connect to the NIOS CLI and specify the initial settings. If you are configuring a vNIOS HA Grid member, you must complete the following steps for each virtual node in the HA pair.

  1. Connect to the Grid Master where you can add the vNIOS appliance to the Grid.
  2. From the KVM Hypervisor, select the vNIOS instance.
  3. Select the Console tab.
  4. Click anywhere in the console screen to activate the console.
  5. When the Infoblox login prompt appears, log in with the default user name and password.
    login: admin
    The Infoblox prompt appears: Infoblox >
  6. You must have valid licenses before you can configure the vNIOS appliance. To obtain permanent licenses, first use the show version command to obtain the serial number of the vNIOS appliance, and then visit the Infoblox Support web site at Log in with the user ID and password you receive when you register your product online at: If the vNIOS appliance does not have the Infoblox licenses required to run NIOS services and to join a Grid, you can use the set temp_license command to generate and install a temporary 60-day license. The appliance lists the available licenses.
  7. From the list of licenses, select the Grid, vNIOS, and other relevant licenses for your vNIOS virtual appliance. For the vNIOS reporting appliance, you must also select the Reporting license.


    You must have both the Grid and vNIOS licenses for the vNIOS appliance to join a Grid.

  8. Set the network settings and join the vNIOS appliance to the Grid. Use the CLI command set network to configure the network settings and specify the Grid.
    Infoblox > set network
    NOTICE: All HA configurations are performed from the GUI. This interface is used only to
    configure a standalone node or to join a Grid.
    Enter IP address:
    Enter netmask: [Default:]:
    Enter gateway address [Default:]:
    Become Grid member? (y or n): y
    Enter Grid Master VIP:
    Enter Grid Shared Secret: L0ck37
    Join Grid as member with attributes:
    Join Grid Master VIP:
    Grid Name: DaveyJones
    Grid Shared Secret: L0ck37
    WARNING: Joining a Grid will replace all the data on this node!
    Is this correct? (y or n):
    Are you sure? (y or n): y
    The network settings have been updated.
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