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Archived Release Note: PXE Installation: Performing a clean installation of WANJet appliance version 5.0.2
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Updated Date: 03/14/2008

This article has been archived, and is no longer maintained.

Summary:

This installation note documents the process of performing a clean installation of WANJet ® appliance version 5.0.2 using a CD mounted on an installation server. For information about installing the software, please refer to the instructions below.

Contents:

- About the installation
- Installing the software
- Contacting F5 Networks

About the installation

This installation note describes how to perform a clean installation of the WANJet software version 5.0.2.

Warning: You can apply this upgrade only to WANJet appliances having a Management IP address (rather than a Bridge IP address) configured for communication.

Warning: You can install version 5.0.2 only on WANJet appliances with an 8 GB CompactFlash®. If the unit does not have the correct CompactFlash, order an upgrade kit through your F5 Sales Representative.

Warning: A valid service contract is required to complete this installation.

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Installing the software

You can install version 5.0.2 on any WANJet appliance with an 8 GB CompactFlash.

The process of installing WANJet appliance version 5.0.2 requires completing the following steps:

The following sections describe how to perform these tasks.

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Downloading the installation CD-ROM ISO image from F5 Networks

Before you begin the installation process, download the installation CD-ROM ISO image from http://support.f5.com. For details about downloading the ISO image, see SOL167: Downloading software from F5 Networks.

Note: Before you continue, we recommend downloading the associated MD5 checksum file and performing the MD5 checksum operation to ensure that the file downloaded correctly. For more information about running the MD5 checksum, see Verifying the MD5 checksum of the installation file.

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Designating and configuring a remote host to be a Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE) server

Before you perform a network boot from a CD, you must designate and configure a remote host to be a Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE) server. This remote host must meet all the following criteria:

  • Have a CD-ROM drive.
  • Support a CD-ROM boot.
  • Reside on the same network as the one to which the WANJet appliance management interface is connected.

Note: You must connect the installation server to the same network to which the management port on the WANJet appliance is connected.

Note: If you are installing the software on a WANJet 400 platform by directly connecting the unit to the installation server, you must use an Ethernet cross-over cable to directly connect to the management interface. If you are installing the software on a WANJet 300 or 500 platform by directly connecting to the installation server, you can use a standard Ethernet cable to directly connect to the management interface.

Once you have designated a host, complete the following steps.

To configure a PXE server

  1. Insert the CD containing the ISO image into the drive on the installation server and reboot the host system from the CD-ROM drive.
    The following message displays:
    Select terminal type? [vt100]
  2. Press the Enter key to use vt100 emulation, or type the name of the terminal emulator you are using.
    The system presents the Maintenance OS Options screen:

    Maintenance OS Options Serve Provide network installation services Install Install software onto hard disk Reboot Reboot to your current system Exit Exit to maintenance shell

  3. Select the default, Serve.
    The system presents a list of available network interfaces.
  4. Select one of the network interfaces for the installation server interface.
    After you select the interface you want to use as the installation server interface, the system presents the following prompt:
    Use existing DHCP server on subnet [no]?
  5. Indicate your DHCP choice:
    • If you want to use an existing DHCP server on your subnet, type yes.
      The server configuration automatically completes.

      If you select this option, you can skip the rest of this procedure and go directly to Booting the target hardware from the remote installation server.

    • If you want to set up this server as the DHCP server, type no.
      The system presents the following series of prompts:

      IP network [10.1.10]? IP address of server 10.1.10[n] [199]? Lower range for clients 10.1.10.[n] [199]? Upper range for clients 10.1.10.[n] [200]?

      • If your subnet consists only of the server and the target WANJet unit, or is otherwise a private subnet, use the default IP addresses provided.
      • If other units share the subnet and there is a possibility of conflict, substitute the appropriate unique IP addresses and ranges. When you have finished entering the addresses, they are displayed and you are prompted to accept or reject them.

        Note: When you specify the IP address of the server, you need to enter only the last octet. When completing the lower and upper ranges for the clients, type the network numbers where the clients are situated.

    • If the settings displayed are correct, type yes. If they are not, type no to have the system prompt you to re-enter the addresses.
  6. Finally, the system prompts you to specify the protocol you want to use to transfer the installation files. The default protocol is HTTP; however, you can also transfer the files using NFS.
    Once you accept the settings, the server configuration is complete.
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Booting the target hardware from the remote installation server

After you designate and configure a remote host to be a installation server, you can perform the network boot from the console of the platform on which you want to install the software.

Note: You must connect the installation server directly to the management port on the WANJet appliance, or to the network to which the management interface is connected.

To start the installation if the WANJet appliance is running version 5.0 or 5.0.1

For WANJet 300 or WANJet 500 platforms (running version 5.0 or 5.0.1), you can boot from the PXE server using the Network Boot setting in the browser-based interface.

  1. Log on to the WANJet appliance that is running version 5.0 or 5.0.1.
  2. In the navigation pane, expand System, and click Configuration.
    The General Configuration screen opens.
  3. Check the box for the Network Boot setting.
  4. Reboot the WANJet appliance. From the command line, use an SSH client (such as PuTTY) to log on as root; at the command line, type reboot.
  5. The system reboots from the installation server and presents the following prompt:
    Press M or Control-SPACE to view menu.
    Let the timer count down to auto-select the installation options. After the timer counts down, the installer prompts you for the terminal type.
    Terminal type? [vt100]
    Press the Enter key to continue, or specify the terminal type you are using. We recommend that you use vt100.
    The system posts a number of messages, and then installation starts. Once installation starts, you can use the arrow and Tab keys to navigate the presented options. You can select an option from a menu using the Enter key or the highlighted character key, and you can toggle select boxes on or off using the spacebar.
  6. Respond to the installation script prompts for the following information:
    1. Syslog server name: If you want a log of the installation process, specify a syslog server by typing the IP address of the syslog server you want to use. (Or, continue without typing an IP address if you do not want to specify a syslog server.)
      Note: The syslog option is not present when the controlling terminal is the console. You see this option only when you are performing the installation through an SSH connection.
    2. Installation server: The system prompts you for an installation server URL or path.
      The installation script provides the information about the installation server you created. We recommend you use the installation server found by the installation script. The format for the URL is: http://<installserver>/cdserver or nfs://<installserver>/cdserver.
    3. Installation location: You are then prompted for the installation location on the CompactFlash.
  7. Review the installation options you have selected. Select Yes on the final WANJet appliance install screen to begin the installation.

The software takes a few minutes to install. Once the installation is complete, the unit reboots to the installation in slot 0 or CF 1.

To start the installation if the WANJet appliance is running version 4.x

  1. Go to the serial/console terminal connected to the WANJet appliance on which you want to install version 5.0.2.

    Note: The WANJet appliance must have an 8 GB CompactFlash to run version 5.0.2. If the unit does not have the correct CompactFlash, order an upgrade kit through your F5 Sales Representative.

  2. Set your serial/console terminal settings based on the platform you have:
    • For WANJet 300/500 platforms: Set to 19200 8-n-1.
    • For WANJet 400 platforms: Set to 9600 8-n-1.

      Note: When the 5.0.2 installation software is loaded from the PXE server, the speed changes to 19200 and the screen becomes garbled. To fix this, change the speed to 19200 in the terminal emulator program.
  3. Turn on and boot the WANJet appliance.
  4. Set the BIOS to network boot depending on which platform you have:

    For WANJet 300/500 platforms:

    • To access BIOS settings, when the BIOS messages appear on the screen, press Tab .
    • In the BIOS, select Load Optimized Defaults and answer Y.
    • In Advanced BIOS features, change the Second Boot Device to LAN.
    • From the main menu, choose Save and Exit, answer Y, and the machine starts booting from the network.

    For WANJet 400 platforms:

    • Interrupt the POST during the boot process to access the BIOS. If your system has a password, the BIOS password is sparky.
    • On the BOOT -- Device Priority screen, set IBA FE Slot as the first boot device. This is the management interface.
    • Save the BIOS changes, and exit to reboot from the PXE installation server.
  5. The system reboots from the installation server and presents the following prompt:
    Press M or Control-SPACE to view menu.
    Let the timer count down to auto-select the installation options. After the timer counts down, the installer prompts you for the terminal type.
    Terminal type? [vt100]
    Press the Enter key to continue, or specify the terminal type you are using. We recommend that you use vt100.
    The system posts a number of messages, and then installation starts. Once installation starts, you can use the arrow and Tab keys to navigate the presented options. You can select an option from a menu using the Enter key or the highlighted character key, and you can toggle select boxes on or off using the spacebar.
  6. Respond to the installation script prompts for the following information:
    1. Syslog server name: If you want a log of the installation process, specify a syslog server by typing the IP address of the syslog server you want to use. (Or, continue without typing an IP address if you do not want to specify a syslog server.)
      Note: The syslog option is not present when the controlling terminal is the console. You see this option only when you are performing the installation through an SSH connection.
    2. Installation server: Next, the system prompts you for an installation server URL or path.
      The installation script provides the information about the installation server you created. We recommend you use the installation server found by the installation script. The format for the URL is: http://<installserver>/cdserver or nfs://<installserver>/cdserver.
    3. Installation location: You are prompted for the installation location, slot cf 1.1 or cf 1.2, on the CompactFlash.
  7. Review the installation options you have selected. Select Yes on the final WANJet appliance install screen to begin the installation.

The software takes a few minutes to install. Once the installation is complete, the unit reboots to the installation in slot 0 or CF 1.

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Adding an IP address to the management interface using the config command

After you complete the installation of the software, run the config command to configure an IP address, net mask, and gateway on the management port (MGMT). The config command is a command line utility created for this purpose. You can run the config command from the serial console you used during installation.

To run the config command, type the following command:

config

After the installation is complete, the WANJet appliance reboots and you can log on.

Note: You can also configure the IP address of the management port (or WANJet appliance IP address) using the LCD on the unit. Refer to the Quick Start card for your WANJet platform.

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Contacting F5 Networks

  Phone: (206) 272-6888
Fax: (206) 272-6802
Web: https://support.f5.com
Email: support@f5.com

For additional information, please visit http://www.f5.com.


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