If you’re unsure how to import an OVA, we recommend doing an internet search for instructions to import the OVA in your specific virtualization software and version. For example, you may search for “how to import OVA into ESXi 5.”

The virtual machine is built using the following limitations:

  • 64 GB memory
  • 8 processors
  • 10 network adapters
  • 2 TB disk size
  • No SATA devices
  • No virtual camera support
  • No DirectX 10 support

Importing the Orca OVA is fully supported with the following virtual machine hypervisors:


  • ESXi 6.0
  • ESXi 5.5
  • ESXi 5.1
  • ESXi 5.0
  • Fusion 8.x
  • Fusion 7.x
  • Fusion 6.x
  • Fusion 5.x
  • Fusion 4.x
  • Workstation 12.x
  • Workstation 11.x
  • Workstation 10.x
  • Workstation 9.x

    Workstation 8.x


  • Version 4.x

Starting the Orca OVA

The Orca OVA is a Centos 7 virtual machine with all pre-requisites and Orca already installed and configured. Simply powering on the virtual machine automatically starts all Orca services. DHCP is enabled by default in the virtual machine, but you are welcome to set up static networking and create a DNS entry for this host if you so choose. If you configure the virtual machine to use a hostname instead of an IP address, be sure to update the Console URL and Notifier Host settings in Orca. Refer to the documentation included with Orca for information on setting those system properties. If you change the networking/hostname configuration be sure to reboot the system so the changes take full effect.

After starting the virtual machine, the standard Linux login screen will show the server’s IP address and the URL you should use to connect to the Orca Console. If the URL shows the loopback address then the login screen was displayed before networking was fully enabled. Refresh the login screen or log into the server and make sure networking obtains a valid IP address. You cannot use Orca on the loopback interface.

Open your browser of choice on your desktop and naviate to the URL displayed on the server’s login screen. By default this URL will be the IP address of the server, http://server_ip_address

After logging into Orca, ensure that the web services are connected by checking the small wifi icon in the banner. The icon will be blue when the system is functioning correctly. If it is red, try refreshing your browser page. If you continue to see a red wifi icon please email orca support for assistance.

All services on the server run under the user account ‘orca’. It’s recommended that you use this account to log into the system when needed. The password for the ‘orca’ user account and the root account is ‘orca’. The ‘orca’ user account is configured to have sudo ability.