Byte25 Virtual Appliance Download & Installation

The Byte25 Virtual Appliance is a fully functional appliance providing comprehensive visibility of your network performance, application experience and cyber security threats across your entire infrastructure.


Installation for Microsoft Hyper-V

Installation for VMWare ESXi


Byte25 Virtual Appliance for Microsoft Hyper-V

The Byte25 Virtual Appliance file is a aipped virtual hard disk (VHD) image file suitable for installation on Hyper-V. (The zipped VHD image is around 2.4GB)

Installing Byte25 Virtual Appliance for Hyper-V

1. Download and Unzip the VHD file

 Once downloaded, the virtual hard disk needs to be unzipped such that it can be installed into Hyper-V Manager

2. Get Hyper-V up and running 

Run the following command in PowerShell to ensure Hyper-V is enabled on your machine.  

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V -All 


If error message ‘The requested operation requires elevation’ is displayed, this indicates Hyper-V is already installed. 

Once installed, open Hyper-V Manager 

 3. Add local machine as server 

Your machine needs to be added as a server to house and install the virtual machine on. Do so by clicking on: 

      1. ‘Hyper-V Manager’ in left menu bar 
      2. ‘Connect to server…’ in actions menu bar on right 
      3. ‘Local Computer’ 
      4. ‘OK’. 

Finally click on the added server under the left menu bar. 

 4. Add a virtual switch to server

A virtual switch needs to be added so when the VM is installed, it has internet access. Add the virtual switch by selecting: 

      1. ‘Virtual Switch Manager…’ under the actions menu bar on the right (ensure your local machine is the selected server on the left menu bar) 
      2. ‘New virtual network switch’ in left menu bar
      3. ‘External’ 
      4. ‘Create Virtual Switch’
      5. Choose an appropriate name for the virtual switch
      6. Select the network interface/ device with internet access
      7. Click ‘Apply’
 5. Add the virtual hard disk to Hyper-V Manager 

Hyper-V should now be setup and configured to install the VHD image that was downloaded and unzipped in step 1. Hyper-V Manager’s setup wizard will be used to install the VM. Do so by following: 

      1. Under the actions menu bar on right, click ‘New’ followed by ‘Virtual Machine…’ (ensure your local machine is the selected server on the left menu bar) 
      2. Add an appropriate name for VM
      3. Select generation 1
      4. Depending on your system specifications, choose start-up memory of 4096 MB (required) or 8192 MB (recommended)
      5. Select the recently added switch for the ‘Connection’ dropdown
      6. Select ‘Use an existing virtual hard disk’ and locate the extracted VHD image from step 1
      7. Select ‘Finish’
     5. Start the newly added VM

    Now that the VM has been successfully added to Hyper-V Manager, it is ready to start. 

        1. Select the newly added VM under the central ‘Virtual Machines’ window
        2. Select ‘Start’ under the right-hand side menu


    Byte25 Virtual Appliance for VMWare ESXi

    The Byte25 Virtual Appliance file is a zipped file containing .OVF and .VMDK files necessary for deploying a virtual machine under VWare ESXi. The IP file is around 2.8GB in size.

    Installing Byte25 Virtual Appliance for VMWare ESXi

    For those familiar with VMWare, installing an ESXi Byte25 Virtual Appliance under VMWare ESXi is fairly straightforward, but for thos attemnpoting this for the first timem, the following instrauctiosn should help to get you up and runing in no time.

    1. Download and Unzip the VMDK & OVF files

    Once downloaded, unzip the VMDK and OVF files ready for importing into ESXi. These should be stored on your local machine to be able to load the the ESXI hypervisor as part of the installation process.

    2. Log into ESXi and start the deployent 

    Log into ESXi, and start the installation wizrad from the:

    Create New Virtual Machine -> Deploy a Virtual Machine from an OVF or OVA

    Select ‘Next’ to progress through the install wizard.

    3. Select the OVF and VMDK files

    Enter a name for the virtual appliance, for easy identification we use ‘Byte25_VM_Appliance’.

    You will also need to upload the relevant OVF and VMDK files that were downloaded earlier.

    For example:


    Once uploaded, slect ‘Next’ to continue.

    4. Complete the Deployment

    The Deployment Options screen will prompt for the relevant network mapping and disk provisioning. If unsure of exactly what tset here, simply select the defaults:

    Network Mappings : VM Network
    Disk Provisioning: Thin
    Power on automatically: True

    You will come to the ‘Ready to Complete’ screen, if the paramters look correct then select ‘Finish’ to install the virtual appliance.

    5. Finalise the Installation

    The virtual appliance will take a few minuites to deploy. You can track progress from the ESXi Task Window.

    Once complete, you should see a new entry for the virtual machine and be able to access the Byte25 console.

    If you encounter any issues with installation and configuration, please contact Byte25 support at We are always happy to assist and organise a remote desktopor teams session to help you get up and running with a minum of fuss.