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3. Configure the server using the Installation Console

The Installation Console is a tool that is only used when the server is first booted to establish a connection to the Internet and initiate the automated tasks that form part of the installation process.  The Console takes you through a number of questions in order to obtain essential configuration settings for the server.

On completing the final task using the Installation Console, the automated installation process will begin where the configuration is applied and any required software updates are downloaded from the Cloud Management Platform.   

Assuming you have completed all steps in the previous article Access the Installation Console to connect your computer to the server proceed with the below:

Step 1: Access the Installation Console

We recommend using the Google Chrome or Firefox browser to use the Installation Console. Open a web browser window and go to http://169.254.0.1.  You should now see the Installation Console landing page shown below. Click Begin when you are ready to proceed with the installation.


Step 2: Choose server location

Select the Locale and Time Zone to be used for the server.  These setting should be based on the native language of the people who will be using the server (for Locale) and the time zone in which the server is being deployed (for Time Zone).  


Step 3: Specify WAN IP address details

Enter the IP address for the WAN port, which is used to connect the server to the Internet. You can choose to set a static IP address, or to get an IP address via DHCP. This can be either a Private or Public IP address, and must have access to the Internet on port TCP 443.

This IP address must be in a different subnet to to the LAN IP address you specified in the Commissioning Console.


Step 4: External port checks

The installation console now performs a check to test that the required outbound port is open. You only need port TCP 443 and TCP 53 open outbound for the installation. If this port is blocked you will not be able to continue with the Installation; and you will need to configure your firewall (in front of the server) to allow the port to be open outbound. Further details of the network requirements can be found in the this article.

Step 5: Activation Code

Enter the Activation Code for this server to identify the server to the Cloud Management Platform. The one-time Activation Code for each server can be obtained from the Commissioning Console.

Login to the Commissioning Console, click on the server you want to Install, and then look in the Order details section for the Activation Code, as shown in the below screenshot:

Enter the Activation Code into the Installation Console, and then click Install

Step 6: Start the Installation

Click Install to start the automated installation process on the server.  The automated installation process is the process during which configuration data in the Cloud Management Platform and any software updates to the server's software images are downloaded to the server and installed.

Step 7: Monitor progress

You can now close the browser window for the Installation Console, and monitor the progress from the Commissioning Console. Please note that it takes approx 3.5 hours to complete the rest of the Installation and Commissioning.

Step 8: LAN connection

You can now disconnect the cable from your computer to the servers LAN port.

If you have a single server, you can now connect the port labelled LAN on your server into an existing or new Local Area Network switch. This will allow you to access the server, and all virtual machines running on it, over the LAN when the installation and commissioning is complete.

If you have a HA Cluster (2 servers), you can now connect both servers LAN ports into your new or existing Local Area Network switch. (the servers will share the same LAN IP address)

 
You can monitor the progress of the automated Installation and Commissioning processes in the Commissioning Console. Please view the article Monitor the progress of an Installation.

 

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