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Video: Installing a 128T Router Managed by a 128T Conductor 

05-23-2018 02:28

Before you install your 128T router managed by a 128T conductor, there is some information you will want to gather:
  • Your 128T license
  • Your node name
  • Your router name
  • Your conductor’s management address and its HA peer if it has one
  • Information on your HA peer (if you are installing HA nodes)

Also, make sure you check out the 128T Installation Guide and review the Hardware Requirements, Operating System Requirements, and BIOS Recommendations sections before you start. Following these requirements and recommendations will ensure that your installation goes smoothly. 

Note: Be sure to check out the Installation Guide for the software version you want to install.
Retrieving the Installer Package
Launch the Linux command prompt for the server you would like to install your 128T router on.

The 128T conductor and router software installer package is hosted in the 128 Technology software repository located at To locate the installer, issue:
sudo yum install
To download the installer, issue:
sudo yum install 128T-installer

128T Installer

Note: That one step within the installation process requires cutting and pasting contents from a file into the wizard. This is made significantly easier by accessing the target machine over SSH.

To run the installer, issue:
sudo install128t

The 128T splash screen will appear:
Press enter to select the "Begin" button and start the installation wizard. 
The first page you see asks you to input your 128T client certificate. The 128T installer will download the 128T routing software from a server hosted by 128 Technology. This server restricts access to clients that have a valid X.509 certificate. As part of the purchase or evaluation of 128 Technology’s software, you will receive a client certificate in PEM format from 128T’s sales operations team.
Make sure you copy the entire contents, including the Certificate and Private key information, and paste it into this window. Press tab and enter when done.
Note: you can also store the certificate as /etc/pki/128technology/release.pem to avoid having to copy and paste. Instead, the installation wizard will ask if you want to overwrite an existing certificate to which you can press enter to say “No.”

Next, we’ll select the system software version we want to install. The 128T installer application will dynamically create the list of available packages based on the contents of the software repository hosted by 128 Technology, Inc. If in doubt on which version of the software to install, we recommend going with the latest.
Use the arrow keys and space bar to select the software version you want to install and click "OK" by pressing the enter key to continue. The installer application will now use the credentials you’ve supplied (via the PEM certificate) and retrieve the software from the 128 Technology repository. This process may take a few minutes to download and install.

128T Initializer

The 128T initializer is a complementary application to the installer that tunes your operating system, prepares the platform to run the 128T software, and creates the bootstrapping files for the installation and node setup. The initializer is automatically launched once the 128T installation wizard is complete. By answering these questions, you can complete the full installation process and have a functioning platform.

The first question you are asked is what type of role your system will have; in this case, we are installing a router, so use the arrow keys to highlight Router and then the space bar to select it. Press Enter to select "OK."
Now you are prompted for the IP address(es) or your 128T conductor(s). If you have conductors, enter their management IP addresses here, and this node will retrieve its configuration from the conductor. If you have only one conductor, leave the 2nd conductor address field blank. If you have no conductors, you can choose Skip. Once you have input your conductor’s IP address, select OK to move to the next screen.
The next question you will be asked is "What kind of Router node is this?" Your options are:
  • Standalone
  • HA Node
Choose Standalone if this router does not have an HA peer and choose HA Node if this router does have an HA peer. Use your arrow keys and the space bar to make your selection and then press enter to move to the next screen.
The next screen is the Password Setup screen. Here you create a password for the 128T admin user. The administrator password must be at least eight characters long, contain at least one upper case letter, contain at least one lower case letter, contain at least one number, and not contain any characters that repeat more than three times.

After you create your password, you’ll want to confirm it, and then you’ll see the Anonymous Data Collection screen. Here, you can choose to either Accept or Disable the RoadRunner process which measure the health of your 128T routers and components. The RoadRunner process collects anonymous information from the router and sends it to 128 Technology for storage and analysis, which informs and allows 128 Technology to support and improve the 128 Networking Platform. For a list of what information is collected, please check out the 128T Installation Guide. 
The next thing the 128T initializer will do is perform the hardware compatibility check. This is to ensure your software is running on compatible and capable hardware. If this check does not pass, it can be either due to WARNING or FAILURE. If there are no failures, you will be given the option to continue installation, even if there are multiple warnings. If there is a FAILURE, the installer will exit out on you.
Warnings and failures will be displayed in the output of the compatibility check script if there is at least one test that did not pass.

Once the hardware compatibility check is complete, you are finished with the installation. All you need to do now is reboot your system. Selecting “Yes” at this screen will reboot your system for you, but you can always select “No” and do it yourself.
After the reboot, you can check to see if your 128T conductor or router is running by issuing the command:
sudo systemctl status 128T
If the service is listed as “inactive,” run the command:
sudo systemctl start 128T
By default, your 128T router should start on reboot.

Assets Menu

Now you just need to do a couple tasks in the GUI to connect your router to your conductor and allow it to retrieve it’s configuration.
Log in to your conductor, by inputting your conductor's management IP address in your browser. Go to Admin Central and then select Assets. You will see your newly installed 128T sitting there under Pending Assets. You just need to give your router a basic configuration and then you can tell it to grab it's config from the conductor. 

To configure your basic config, go to Configuration Studio and select Edit Configuration. You will want to create:
  • Router with Inter-node Security Policy
  • Node with Role = "Combo"
You can copy an existing router if you want, but make sure you change all your IP addresses before committing its configuration. Make sure you validate and commit your configuration. 

Lastly, go back to the Assets menu. You should now see the 128T router you configured with the note “awaiting assets.” Just match up the router you have in Pending Assets with the it’s router.

You can do this via drop down or just dragging and dropping. After that, just validate and commit your configuration again and sit back and watch your router initialize. This should only take a couple of minutes. 



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