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Deploying a HipChat Datacenter OVA

So I just downloaded the latest HipChat Datacenter OVA last week.  I deployed it to a vSphere environment, but I'm struggling to get it to work.  After getting a static IP set (putting the interfaces file in ~admin/config/etc does not do it as the readme.txt states), I browsed to the IP.  I was surprised to see it wanted an external PostgreSQL database.  So I got that setup and now I'm getting an error about being unable to create the schema.  I poked around some logs and see it complaining about not being able to connect to Redis on the localhost (appliance).  I've done some googling and it looks like I need to setup this Redis software on yet another host?  

To me, when I download an appliance, it should prompt for an IP and a password, then "just work".  Sure, maybe a setup wizard or something to configure other stuff -- but it should all be self-contained.  Otherwise, why would I bother with an appliance?  Am I missing something.  Ready to give up on it and stick with my simple Jabber server (that is self-contained).



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I suggest reading over the documentation. There is a LOT more involved in setting up HipChat Data Center than there was with HipChat Server.  It's not an appliance any more.

A quick summary of what you need to do:

  1. Set up a Postgres database (cluster if you expect high availability)
  2. Set up Redis (cluster if you expect high availability)
  3. Set up a load balancer (cluster if you expect high availability)
  4. Set up your application OVA nodes and connect them to the above components.
  5. Set up anti-affinity on your vSphere environment to ensure that an ESX server failure doesn't bring the cluster down.

If you need some help setting up a highly available HipChat environment, feel free to reach out. We have a proven design that we have implemented for other clients.

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