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Installing Parallels Virtual Automation Automatically

The Install Parallels Virtual Automation wizard guides you through the steps necessary to install and configure the Parallels Virtual Automation application on your Mac. This wizard is automatically launched if you leave the Install Parallels Virtual Automation components check box selected and click Continue in the Install Succeeded window.

Before proceeding with the wizard, make sure:

  • Your Mac is connected to the Internet. An active Internet connection is needed to download the Parallels Virtual Automation components from the Parallels web site.
  • Your Mac does not use any proxy server to connect to the Internet (check System Preferences > Network > Advanced > Proxies).

In the wizard, do the following:

  1. Choose the Parallels Virtual Automation components you want to install on your Mac:
    • Install Agent on the Mac. Choose this option to install a special agent on the Mac. This agent ensures the interaction between the Mac, Management Node, and Parallels Virtual Automation.
    • Install Management Node into a virtual appliance. Choose this option to download a special virtual appliance from the Parallels web site and set up the Management Node in this appliance. The Management Node serves as an intermediary between your Mac and Parallels Virtual Automation, ensuring the communication between these components. You can register more than one Mac with Parallels Server for Mac with the Management Node.

      If you already have a Management Node in your network, clear the Install Management Node into a virtual appliance option. You will be able to register your Mac with this Management Node.

      PSFM - Choose PVA Components

    When you are ready, click Continue.

  2. Specify the network parameters for the virtual appliance that will host the Management Node.

    Note: This step is skipped if you are installing only the agent for Parallels Virtual Automation.

    PSFM - Enter Params for MN

    In the displayed window, type in the following information for the virtual appliance:

    • Hostname. A unique hostname for the virtual appliance. Once the installation is complete, you can log in to Parallels Virtual Automation by opening http://hostname in the browser and using the user name and password you will specify in the next step.
    • IP Address. A valid IP address for the virtual appliance. The IP address must be unique within your network. Once the installation is complete, you can log in to Parallels Virtual Automation by opening http://IP_address in the browser and using the user name and password you will specify in the next step.
    • Subnet Mask. The subnet mask to assign to the virtual appliance.
    • Router. The network router to be used by the virtual appliance.
    • DNS Server. One or more DNS servers to be used by the virtual appliance.

      Note: If you do not know what information to enter in the Subnet Mask, Router, and DNS Server fields, use the current settings for your Mac (System Preferences > Network).

    Once you specify all the necessary parameters, click Continue.

  3. Type in the user name and password that will be used to register your Mac in Parallels Virtual Automation, and click Continue. You will also use the specified credentials to log in to Parallels Virtual Automation. Make sure the specified user exists on the Mac and has administrator privileges.

    Note: This step is skipped if you are installing only the agent for Parallels Virtual Automation.

    PSFM - Set User Name and PW

  4. Enter the Parallels Server for Mac license in the field provided, and click Continue.

    PSFM - PVA Product Key

    Make sure that your license supports using the Parallels Virtual Automation application. If it is not, you will see a warning informing you of this fact. In this case, you need to contact a Parallels representative and obtain the appropriate license.

    Note: This step is skipped if you have already installed the license on the Mac and this license supports Parallels Virtual Automation.

    Once you click Continue, the wizard starts downloading the installation files for Parallels Virtual Automation from the Internet and installing them on your Mac.

  5. When the Parallels Virtual Automation installation is complete, click Finish to exit the wizard.