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After you deploy a NIOS virtual appliance on the VMware platform, you can configure it as a single or an HA Grid Master. To configure a NIOS virtual HA Grid Master, deploy two NIOS virtual appliances and define the network settings for each node. 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 more information about configuring HA pairs, refer to the Infoblox NIOS Documentationsee NIOS documentation at NIOS.

To configure a NIOS virtual appliance as a Grid Master:

  1. Deploy the NIOS virtual appliance, as described in Deploying NIOS Virtual Appliances on VMware.
  2. Specify initial settings on the NIOS virtual appliance, as described in Specifying Initial Settings on NIOS Virtual Grid Masters.
  3. Configure the NIOS virtual appliance as a Grid Master, as described in Configuring the NIOS Virtual Appliance as a Grid Master. For an HA Grid Master, ensure that you follow the procedures to configure node 2 of the HA pair.



Specifying Initial Settings on NIOS Virtual Grid Masters

After you successfully install the NIOS virtual appliance and start the NIOS virtual appliance, connect to the NIOS CLI and specify the initial settings. For an HA Grid Master, ensure that you specify the initial settings on both nodes.


  1. From the vSphere Client, select the NIOS virtual instance.
  2. Select the Console tab.
  3. Click anywhere in the console screen to activate the console.
  4. When the Infoblox login prompt appears, log in with the default user name and password.
    login: admin
    The Infoblox prompt appears: Infoblox >
  5. You must have valid licenses before you can configure the NIOS virtual appliance. To obtain permanent licenses, first use the show version command to obtain the serial number of the NIOS 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 NIOS virtual 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, and you select those you need.
    Infoblox > set temp_license
    1. DNSone (DNS, DHCP)
    2. DNSone with Grid (DNS, DHCP, Grid)
    3. Network Services for Voice (DHCP, Grid)
    4. Add DNS Server license
    5. Add DHCP Server license
    6. Add Grid license
    7. Add Microsoft management license
    8. Add vNIOS license
    9. Add IF-MAP Federation license
    10. Add Multi-Grid Management license
    11. Add Query Redirection license
    12. Add Load Balancer license

    Select license (1-12) or q to quit:
    For the vNIOS appliance, select 2 and 8.


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

  6. Use the CLI command set network to configure the network settings. Infoblox > set network 
    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): n


Configuring the NIOS Virtual Appliance as a Grid Master

You configure the NIOS virtual appliance as a Grid Master using the Grid Setup wizard. If you are configuring a NIOS virtual HA Grid Master, you complete the configuration for each virtual node in the HA pair as described in this section.

To configure the single Grid Master or node 1 of the HA Grid Master:


The setup of the HA Grid Master is complete. If the two nodes cannot join (it should not take more than a few seconds), check the IP addresses of Node 1 LAN and Node 1 HA (the Grid Master) and for Node 2 LAN and Node 2 HA (the node attempting to join the Grid Master to form the HA Pairpair). Ensure that the network IP address of node 2 is set to the same value as Node 2 LAN on the Grid Master.
As a method of verifying successful communication, open the console window for node 2. You should see a pair of messages as follows:
Contacting the Grid Master at
Synchronizing database with the Grid Master....

For more information about HA pair configurations, refer to the Infoblox NIOS Documentation see NIOS documentation at NIOS.