Red Hat CloudForms 5.0

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For a basic x86_64 installation, you'll need:

An Installed RHV instance

This example assumes a running Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization server on which to install the appliance. See the RHV documentation for more information.


Ensure your system and environment meet the prerequisites.

90 Minutes

Installation will take about 90 minutes.


  1. 1

    Download the CloudForms appliance image for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

  2. 2

    Upload the appliance image to the RHV server.

    See the RHV documentation for more information.

  3. 3

    Open the RHV Administration Portal.

  4. 4

    Go to Storage > Template Import > Import, and import the image. Set the storage domain and cluster.

  5. 5

    Go to Virtual Machines > New VM, and create a virtual machine based on the CloudForms image. Select the CloudForms appliance from the list of templates.

  6. 6

    Select the new virtual machine, open the disks tab, and add a virtual disk.

  7. 7

    Start the virtual machine.

  8. 8

    Log into the CloudForms UI using 'admin' as the username and 'smartvm' as the password.

  9. 9

    Open the appliance console, and select Configure Database. Create a key, select an internal database, and set the disk for the database to use.


The Basics

Installation & upgrade

Install the Red Hat CloudForms appliance as an image on a supported platform, and then deploy a CloudForms instance as an easily scalable virtual machine.


Customer Convergence: Integration and Automation

Red Hat Senior Technical Account Manager William Nix and Red Hat Technical Support Engineer Josh Carter covered deployment, automation, and cloud integration at a recent customer event in Raleigh.

Building clouds

Building a Cloud with Azure Providers

A provider is any platform which allows multiple virtual or cloud instances. That can be any public or private provider, including Microsoft Azure. Follow these simple instructions to set up a relationship between Azure and your CloudForms appliance and discover, provision, and manage instances in Azure.

Integrate with applications

Easily Manage Your VMware Infrastructure

This brief demo walks you through how to manage VMware resources with CloudForms. Unified management makes it simpler to manage your applications.

Performance & Capacity


Product manager John Hardy covers to use the state machines and workflows to autoscale services that you model in CloudForms.


Setting up CloudForms High Availability

Minimize downtime and increase stability by creating a highly available environment. This reference architecture sets up an example scenario with two physical locations, global mirroring, and a hot standby server.

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