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How-to : Package virtual machine for Riverbed Steelhead with RSP

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RSP platform installed on Riverbed allows to run VMware virtual machines on it. THat gives very powerful environment as Riverbed might become the only appliance deployed for branch office and with WAN optimization we can also provide basic services/systems to site. That gives us huge flexibility and same time no need to deploy additional systems for site can be placed on Riverbed as virtual machines. Of course that reuires special license and also additional RAM would be recommended, so we won’t suffer performance issues (additional memory can be purchased with Riverbed appliance and RSP license, so we get ready to go environment).

But it is not enough to create VMware cityual machine on PC and upload it to Riverbed. Few more steps is involved in the process and here we will go through all steps to see how to prepare virtual machine for Riverbed on Windows 7 PC with VMware Workstation 9 installed.

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How-to : Riverbed Service Platform (RSP) installation on Riverbed Steelhead 250H

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Previous article about Riverbed covered RiOS upgrade process. In this post I will show how to install Riverbed Service Platform (RSP).

First let’s see how to get RSP image and what is RSP and how this can be used.

RSP can be downloaded from Riverbed Support page (https://support.riverbed.com/software/rsp.htm), where appropriate version for particular RiOS and Steelhead model can be downloaded.

Best source of detailed description will be RSP User’s Guide, so I did use it as source of information.

RSP offers branch-office-in-a-box services with the following benefits:

  • A VMware-based virtualization platform that provides the benefits of the most commonly deployed and advanced virtualization tool set
  • Support for running up to five different additional services simultaneously on a single Steelhead appliance, depending on the service and Steelhead appliance model
  • Support for more services and types of services, including in-band packages located in-line with optimization such as the Universal Threat Management (UTM) security services, proxy solutions such as video or network monitoring services, and improved support for out-of-band packages¬† such as Windows Active Directory, DNS and DHCP management software, and print services.
  • A comprehensive, integrated user interface that provides granular control of RSP, including setup, reporting, and the definition of the data flow between services

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How-to : RiOS upgrade on Riverbed Steelhead 250H

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When I got Riverbed Stellhead 250H for Lab environment, first thing I checked was version of RiOS on device. It turns out that device was outdated and had RiOS 5.5.6, while current version is 7.0.3.

Next thing I did was jump on Riverbed Support web page to identify how to upgrade my test Riverbed, as there is always certain path of RiOS versions you have to go through to get to recent one.

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