4. Quick Setup Guide

4.1. Setup a New ESX VM and Mount the ISO

Create a new VM with your virtualization software. In this case, we will use VMWare ESX managed through a VMWare VCenter.

The new VM must be configured with a Linux base system and Debian GNU/Linux 10 (64 bits) as target version. It is recommended to upload the Nextron Universal Installer ISO to an accessible datastore and mount the same to your newly created VM.

Create a new virtual Machine I
Create a new virtual Machine II
Create a new virtual Machine III
Create a new virtual Machine IV

Create a new virtual Machine

Please make sure to select a suitable v-switch or physical interface that reflects the IP address scheme you are planning to use for the new ASGARD.

4.2. Analysis Cockpit Installation

Start the installation confirming the only available option in the boot loader screen.

The installer then loads the additional components from the ISO image and lets you select a location and language.

Starting the installation

Starting the installation

Choosing language, location and locales I
Choosing language, location and locales II
Choosing language, location and locales III
Choosing language, location and locales IV

Choosing language, location and locales

If DHCP is available, network parameters will be configured automatically.

Without DHCP, ASGARD proceeds with the manual network configuration dialogue.

4.3. Network Configuration

The next step prompts for a hostname for the device. After entering a hostname and clicking Continue, it also prompts for the Domain Name. After this Information is submitted, the Installer tries to get network configurations from a DHCP-Server. If there is none to be found, it will prompt for a static IP-Configuration.

Network Configuration I
Network Configuration II

Enter the IP address that Analysis Cockpit should use and optimally directly add a netmask in CIDR notation. (see below) If you don’t append the netmask, you’ll be asked for a network mask in the following dialogue.

Network Configuration - IP addresses

Network Configuration - IP addresses

Network Configuration - Enter the DNS server addresses

Network Configuration – Enter the DNS server addresses

Network Configuration - Enter the Gateway

Network Configuration - Enter the Gateway

Network Configuration - Enter the Hostname

Network Configuration - Enter the Hostname

Network Configuration - Enter the Domain name

Network Configuration - Enter the Domain name

Important

Make sure that the combination of hostname and domain creates an FQDN that can be resolved from the endsystems on which you intend to install the ASGARD agents. If you’ve configured a FQDN (hostname + domain) that cannot be resolved on the clients, no agent will be able to find and reconnect to the ASGARD server.

4.4. Partitioning of the Hard Disk

Finally, confirm the settings, select “Yes” and click “Continue”.

Partition Disks - Write changes to disks

Partition Disks – Write changes to disks

Partition disks - Select disk to partition

Partition disks – Select disk to partition

4.5. Proxy Configuration

If you are using a proxy to access the Internet, enter the proxy details in the next step. Please note, Internet connectivity is required for the next step – the installation of the ASGARD Analysis Cockpit service.

Proxy Configuration

Proxy Configuration

The proxy configuration supports unauthorized access and HTTP Auth.

e.g.

http://our-proxy.local:8080

http://username:password@our-proxy.local:8000

4.6. Install the Analysis Cockpit Services

The base installation is now complete. In the next step we’ll install the Analysis Cockpit service.

Important: Internet connectivity is required for this step.

Use the VMWare console or SSH to the appliance using the user nextron and default password nextron.

To start the Analysis Cockpit installation run the following command:

sudo nextronInstaller -cockpit

Important: use an upper case “i” in the word installer

After the installer has completed its operations successfully, the system is ready to be used.

Message upon successful completion

Message upon successful completion

Note that the FQDN shown after “https://” has to be resolvable by the connected ASGARD Management Centers and users that try to access the Analysis Cockpit.