Installing HPE Helion Stackato Virtualbox

This guide will show you how to install HPE Helion Stackato, a Cloud Foundry based PAAS platform, on your local machine. There is also an accompanying video.

To get started, you will need:

The steps are pretty straight forward:

  • Import & configure the appliance
  • Boot & configure the microcloud
  • Connect & login to the web console

Import & Configure the appliance

Once you have downloaded the appliance, you can import it into Virtual Box using either the GUI or the command line:

VBoxManage import [path-to-hpe-helion-stackato.ova]

After the import is complete, in the Virtual Box UI open the Settings dialog for the VM, then choose Network. Change the network adapter from NAT to Bridged Network. This will allow the VM to secure the connectivity from your local machine which the VM is running on.

Boot & configure the microcloud

Start the VM. Wait until the System status shows ready as shown in the screenshot below. This could take a few minutes to complete.
Note that the IP Address and the stackato management console url might be different for you.

HPE Helion Stackato Management Console

Once the microcloud has started, we need to connect and configure its URL. Instead of the default .local address, we are going to use a address. is a special dns service that will return whatever ip address is embedded in the dns name. For example, will return an ip address of, as would

Login to the microcloud by pressing “l” (lower case L).

At the login prompt, use the username and password of stackato.

To find the current ip address you can type the following command:
kato info

output of kato info

To rename the node, use the rename command as shown below. Remember to change the ip so it matches your ip.
kato node rename
Enter the password as stackato, and don’t worry about it being the default. it will get changed later to match the administrator password.
Finally, logout from the console.

Connect and Login to the web console

Open any browser and navigate to (using your ip). The console is secured using a self-signed certificate, so you will have to accept any warnings.
Since you are connecting for the first time, you will have to create an administrator.
Complete the dialog, then hit Create User.
You can now login to the web console using the username and password.
Note, the password of the stackato user is also changed to the administrator account, so next time you login from the terminal, or ssh, remember to use your new administrator password.

Next Steps

Check out our other articles in this series.