Installing From Bootable Media

This section assumes you have already created a bootable device, either a USB or CD/DVD/Blueray disk. Instructions for downloading and creating a bootable device are available in Downloading a 128T ISO and Creating a Bootable USB.

The steps in this section describe installing either ISO from bootable media. The section, Initialize the 128T describes using the Initializer to configure the system as a Conductor after installing from the Interactive ISO.

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The Conductor installation must be completed before installing a router or routers using the OTP ISO.

See Installing Using the One Touch Provisioning ISO for details to install complex router configurations after installing and configuring the Conductor.

Prerequisites

  • Ensure that the platform you are installing on meets the 128T hardware requirements.
  • Verify that the boot priority of the USB drive is properly listed in the system BIOS.

Installing the ISO

After imaging the ISO onto removable media, insert it into the target machine and power it on.

Choose the Installation Type

Upon boot, you are prompted with the following screen for the Linux installation:

Boot Screen

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Not all hardware has video support, therefore booting to console is the default (a console user may not be able to select an option). The default option is selected after a 30 second timeout.

128T System via Serial Console

Use this option when running on hardware with no video chipset. It uses /dev/ttyS0 as the serial console for interacting with the installer.

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Selecting the wrong type of console may result in garbage characters being displayed and the install hanging. If this is the case, reboot the target system and select the correct line for the target hardware.

128T System with VGA Console

Use this option when running on hardware that has onboard graphics chipsets. This installs 128T using the GUI installer.

128T Installation

After the Linux installation completes, the 128T software installation begins. Note that this may take several minutes to complete. After the installation has completed, the following screen is displayed:

Installation Complete

After shutting down the system, remove the bootable media. If you installed the Interactive ISO powering up the system will start the Initializer. If you installed using One Touch Provisioning, power the system up to complete the installation process.

Installation Notes

  1. The following user accounts and passwords are created during the ISO installation process:

    UsernamePassword
    root128tRoutes
    t128128tRoutes

    It is strongly recommended that you change these passwords immediately.

  2. GUI login via HTTPS is enabled by default on port 443.

Initialize the 128T Node

The 128T Initializer tunes your operating system, prepares the platform to run the 128T software, and creates the bootstrapping files necessary to load the software. The Initializer is launched after the installation reboot.

  1. On the 128T Initializer wizard screen, use the space bar to select either a Router or Conductor role for the 128T node and press the Enter key to select OK. 128T Role

  2. For 128T routers, you will be prompted for the IP address(es) of your 128T conductor(s). If you have conductors, Enter their administrative addresses here, and this node will retrieve its configuration from the conductor. If you have only one conductor (i.e., a standalone conductor), leave the field labeled 2nd Conductor Address blank. If you have no conductors, choose Skip.

  3. When asked What kind of Router node is this?, select from the following options:

    Identify the Node

  • Standalone: This router has no highly available peer, and is not currently planned for high availability.
  • 1st HA Node: This router is the first node of a high availability pair. You will be prompted for the High Availability address of this node. Note: The address must be reachable by the 2nd HA Node.
  • 2nd HA Node: This router is the second node of a high availability pair, where the first node has been initialized. You will be prompted for the High Availability address of the first node.
  1. Enter the following system properties on the Node Info screen:

    Node Information

  • Node Name: The unique name of the system within your 128T Router or Conductor, for example labsystem1. By default this field uses the Linux system's hostname.
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    Both routers and conductors can consist of one node (for standalone systems) or two nodes (for highly available systems).

  • Router/Conductor Name: The name of the Router or Conductor system as a whole. When referring to a running 128T software instance, it is identifiable by the full name of nodeName.routerName; e.g., labsystem1.boston. The full system name is reflected in the PCLI prompt as discussed in the Document Conventions section of this document.
  1. The Advanced button allows you to specify the number of CPU cores to be allocated for running your 128T routing software.

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    This is only recommended for experienced users. This setting is intended to optimize the forwarding capabilites of the 128T Router beyond the default settings for the target platform.

    The Advanced selection is only available when configuring a 128T Router.

  2. On the Password Setup screen, create a password for the 128T Admin user. The administrator password must be at least 8 characters long, contain at least 1 uppercase letter, at least 1 lowercase letter, at least 1 number, and cannot repeat characters more than 3 times.

    Password Setup

  3. If presented with the Anonymous Data Collection screen, select either Accept or Disable to enable or disable the process that measures the health of your 128T router and components.

  4. Press the Enter key to select OK. The Initializer performs a hardware compatibility check. The compatibility check may fail due to warnings or failure notices, which are displayed in the output script. If no failures are present, you can choose to continue with the installation even if multiple warnings exist. For information on why a specific test may have failed or generated a warning, contact 128T technical support.

  5. When prompted, either reboot your system or start 128T.

    Initializer Complete

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    If installing the 128T software for the first time, a system reboot is required.

Verify Installation

After installing the 128T Software it is important to verify that the installation was completed successfully.

To Verify the 128T Installation:

  1. Launch a command prompt window.

  2. Execute the command:

    sudo systemctl status 128T

    Result: The service is listed as Active (running).

    If the service is listed as Inactive, run the sudo systemctl start 128T command. This may take several minutes to fully launch the service.

  3. Once the service is listed as Active, log into the system as Admin using the system default password.

    Result: The installation is verified.

  4. Close the command prompt window.

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