Article version: Enterprise Server 2.14

Installing GitHub Enterprise Server on VMware

To install GitHub Enterprise Server on VMWare, you must download the VMWare vSphere client, and then download and deploy the GitHub Enterprise Server software.

In this guide

Prerequisites

Hardware considerations

GitHub Enterprise Server requires a persistent data disk separate from the root disk. For more information, see "System overview."

For your storage device, we recommend a high-performance SSD, either directly attached or from a storage area network (SAN).

We recommend different hardware configurations based on the number of seats used in your GitHub Enterprise Server instance.

Seats vCPUs Memory Attached storage Root storage
10-500 2 16 GB 100 GB 200 GB
500-3000 4 32 GB 250 GB 200 GB
3000-5000 8 64 GB 500 GB 200 GB
5000-8000 12 72 GB 750 GB 200 GB
8000-10000+ 16 128 GB 1000 GB 200 GB

These are minimum recommendations. More resources may be required depending on your usage, such as user activity and selected integrations.

Note: The root disk can be resized by building a new appliance or using an existing appliance. For more information, see "Increasing storage capacity."

Warning: We recommend you use webhooks to fetch repository changes for continuous integration (CI) or similar systems. Regular automatic checks, or polling, will significantly reduce the scalability of your instance. For more information, see "About webhooks"

Downloading the GitHub Enterprise Server image

  1. Navigate to the GitHub Enterprise Server download page.

  2. To download your license file, click Download license.

  3. Click Get the latest release of GitHub Enterprise Server.

  4. Select GitHub On-premises, then click VMware ESXi/vSphere (OVA).

  5. Click Download for VMware ESXi/vSphere (OVA).

Creating the GitHub Enterprise Server instance

To create the instance, you'll need to import the GitHub Enterprise Server image to your virtual machine and attach an additional storage volume for your instance data. For more information, see "Hardware considerations."

  1. Using the vSphere Windows Client or the vCenter Web Client, import the GitHub Enterprise Server image you downloaded. For instructions, see the VMware guide "Deploy an OVF Template."

    • When selecting a datastore, choose one with sufficient space to host the VM's disks. For the minimum hardware specifications recommended for your instance size, see "Hardware considerations." We recommend thick provisioning with lazy zeroing.
    • Leave the Power on after deployment box unchecked, as you will need to add an attached storage volume for your repository data after provisioning the VM.
  2. Create a new virtual disk to use as an attached storage volume for your instance data, and configure the size based on your seat count. For instructions, see the VMware guide "Add a New Hard Disk to a Virtual Machine."

Configuring the GitHub Enterprise Server instance

  1. Copy the virtual machine's public DNS name, and paste it into a web browser.

  2. At the prompt, upload your license file and set a management console password. For more information, see "About license files."

  3. In the Management Console, configure and save your desired settings. For more information, see "Configuring the GitHub Enterprise Server appliance."

  4. The instance will restart automatically.

  5. Click Visit your instance.

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