Creating a VMware Virtual Machine for the Crawling Module

Coveo provides installation steps for the following virtual machine (VM) setups:

  • While you can use a different virtual machine setup, Coveo cannot guarantee that Docker Enterprise Edition will install successfully on such a setup (see Installing Docker). See Validating the Installation to ensure Docker works correctly before installing the Crawling Module.

  • Any server running the Crawling Module must have access to the content you want to index, regardless of whether the server is a virtual machine or not.

Follow these steps to create a VMware VM that is compatible with the Coveo On-Premises Crawling Module.

To create a VMware virtual machine

  1. In VMware Workstation, create a VM from a valid Windows Server 2016 configuration (.vmx) (see Creating virtual machines in VMware Workstation).
  2. Before launching the VM, right-click it to change its settings:
    1. Specify an amount of RAM and a number of virtual processors. A good rule of thumb is to aim for one virtual CPU and 4 GB of RAM per worker.

      The number of workers is part of the Crawling Module configuration. It determines the number of sources that can refresh at the same time. That number should be between 1 and the total number of Crawling Module sources in your organization and can be changed at any time. See Number of Workers for further information on workers.

    2. Under Hard Disk (SCSI), expand disk capacity to at least 500 GB for the VM. Expand the default disk if necessary. See Expand a Virtual Hard Disk in the VMware documentation for further information.
    3. If the Windows version running on the VM is older than 14393.1914, update it.

      To find your Windows version, click the Windows Start button, and then type and click About your PC. In the window that opens, look for your OS Build.

What’s Next?

Install Docker (see Installing Docker).

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