Canaries aren't just hardware devices. You can run Canaries inside your virtual infrastructure, using the same console as always.

Follow the steps below to create your Virtual Canary.

Note: if you don't see OVAs available on your console, it's because we're in the process of rolling them out. File a support request and we'll bump you up the queue, or visit the previous setup documentation.

Step 1: Login to your console and go to 'Setup'

Step 2: Navigate to 'Virtual Canary'

Step 3: Download either an OVA or a Virtual Canary Template

Depending on your virtualization software, click either the OVA button or the VMX button to begin the download.

OVA files import into ESXi and Virtual Box.

The VMX package is useful with VMWare Workstation and Fusion.

Over time we will introduce new Virtual Canary versions. All previous versions will be available here, but whenever needed, we recommend using the latest version to ensure your Canary has the latest software and features.

Step 4: Install the OVA file

If you downloaded the VMX template instead, skip to step 5.

OVA file installation is simple: import the OVA into your virtualization software and boot the new image. If you need more assistance with this process, we've documented that process on a separate page.

After you've imported the OVA file and booted your VM, skip ahead to step 7.

Step 5: Install the VMX template file

The VMX template is a little more intricate. 
This template is used to create all new Virtual Canaries, so never boot it (if you have booted it, see the Oops, I booted my Virtual Canary template! KB article. Instead, store this template and whenever you need to add a new Virtual Canary all you need to do is copy the template and boot the new copy.

Step 6: Copy your template and boot

Note: this step only applies to the VMX template package. If you're using the OVA, jump ahead to step 7.

Make a copy of your template and unzip it (optionally rename it to something descriptive so you know which bird it is).

Start the new image and wait while it boots up.

Note : To login to your Virtual Canary you will need your Canary credentials. Please see the following Knowledge Based article to obtain your Virtual Canary credentials.

Step 7: Commission your bird

Once booted, the bird will automatically connect to your console. Go back to your console, navigate to 'Home' and a commission dialog will appear. Click 'Commission' and your registration process will be complete.

Step 8: Bird comes online

Once the registration is complete the bird will come online.

It's now ready for configuration using the remote configuration editor to enable profiles and services.