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Deploying VSatellites

In order to get a VSatellite connected to your Venafi Cloud account, you'll need to download and run a binary setup utility on a Linux computer within your target network.

Before you install a VSatellite, you'll need to make sure that the target computer meets the minimum requirements:

  • Ubuntu LTS 16.04.7 or later
  • CentOS 7.9 or later
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2 CPUs
  • 10 GB disk-space


Venafi Cloud enables multiple user roles, including PKI Administrators and System Administrators, to install VSatellite and pair them with your Venafi Cloud account. This is by design since using VSatellites enables users assigned varying roles the ability to discover and manage certificates found behind your firewall.

To deploy VSatellites

  1. Sign in to Venafi Cloud, and then click Infrastructure > VSatellite.

  2. On the VSatellites page, click New to launch the VSatellite deployment configuration worksheet, and then do the following:

    1. Review system requirements for the computer where you'll install VSatellite.

    2. Configure the pairing code by specifying the life of the code as well as the number of installations allowed.

      Each VSatellite has a pairing code (included within the setup command) that identifies it to Venafi Cloud and establishes a secure connection between your computer and Venafi Cloud. Once you configure a pairing code, it then has a fixed lifetime. Once configured, you'll have fixed window of time in which to use the pairing code to connect your VSatellite to Venafi Cloud.

      To facilitate rapid deployment of multiple VSatellite to your infrastructure, you can reuse a pairing code across multiple VSatellites.

    3. Under Installation and pairing instructions, click Copy Code to copy the entire command.

    4. At a command prompt on your Linux computer, paste the command you copied and press Enter to run it.

      If the script runs successfully, you'll see the Venafi Cloud VSatellite license agreement.

    5. To accept and continue, type Y at the command prompt and press Enter.

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    6. On the Deploy VSatellite page in Venafi Cloud, when you see a connection message appear under Installation report, then click Check VSatellite Connection.

  3. When the connection test completes successfully, click Done.

Next Steps

- Rename a VSatellite