2.2.1. Install on bare metal using USB stick

This chapter explains how to try Turbo Router on a physical machine, and install it, using a USB stick.

The first thing to do is to create the USB stick.

When it is done, you can either:

Create the USB stick

You will need a 2GB USB stick at least, and a Linux system. The data on the USB stick will be lost in the process.

We need to find which device will be associated to the USB stick in the Linux system. One way to do it is to use lsblk.

Before plugging the USB stick, run:

$ lsblk | grep disk
sda            8:0    0 698.7G  0 disk
sdb            8:16   0 931.5G  0 disk

Then plug the USB stick. A new device should appear:

$ lsblk | grep disk
sda            8:0    0 698.7G  0 disk
sdb            8:16   0 931.5G  0 disk
sdc            8:32   1  14.4G  0 disk

In our case, sdc is the device associated to the USB stick.

Warning

Please carefully check the device associated to your USB stick, or you could wipe your local drive in the next step.

Note

Make sure that your usb device was not auto-mounted before performing the next steps with mount -l. If it was, use the umount command to unmount each mounted partition.

Once you know this device, you can put the turbo img.gz file on the Linux system, unzip it and put it on the USB device.

# gunzip 6wind-turbo-*-<arch>-<version>.img.gz
# dd if=6wind-turbo-*-<arch>-<version>.img of=/dev/sdc bs=8M

Note

These two commands will take several minutes to complete. The progress of the dd command can be checked by doing kill -USR1 $(pgrep ^dd).

Test Turbo Router

You will need physical access to the machine, and a keyboard and screen attached to it to complete these steps. Alternately, you may access the machine using its first serial port.

Once the USB stick is ready, it has to be plugged in the machine on which you want to test Turbo Router.

Warning

Please make sure that there is no other Turbo Router live CDROM or live USB inserted in this machine. Otherwise the system might fail to boot properly.

Then, you should go in the BIOS setup, select the USB stick as first boot device, save the configuration, and reboot.

After some time, you should get an output similar to the following on screen.

                GNU GRUB  version 2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.11

+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|*Turbo Router - X.Y.Z                                                       |
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+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

     Use the ^ and v keys to select which entry is highlighted.
     Press enter to boot the selected OS, 'e' to edit the commands
     before booting or 'c' for a command-line.
  The highlighted entry will be executed automatically in 9s.

After 10 seconds, or if you type on the Enter key, the boot will start. You should get the following output.

(...)
[  OK  ] Started 6WIND Turbo Appliances.
(...)
localhost login:

Note

Please contact 6WIND support if you do not get the login, or if you get a different status than OK for 6WIND Turbo Appliances in the logs.

You are ready to test the software. Your data will persist on the USB stick.

The next step is the license file installation.

Install Turbo Router

Once you have tried Turbo Router, you can install it on your machine. It can be done from the CLI, using the system-image command.

But first, you need to know on which device Turbo Router should be installed. To do so, log on the machine as root, password 6windos, and do the following:

root@localhost:~# lsblk | grep disk
sda      8:0    0  14.4G  0 disk
sdb      8:16   0 931.5G  0 disk

sda is the USB stick, which we do not want to break. It is the first detected device, and its size is small (14.4G in our case).

sdb is the device we are looking for, it is much bigger. We will install Turbo Router on sdb in our example. The data on sdb will be lost in the process.

Warning

Please carefully check the device associated to the disk you want to use, or you could wipe the wrong drive in the next step.

Note

Please make sure to select this disk as boot device after installation.

Then log as admin, password admin, and at the CLI prompt, do:

nc-cli> cmd system-image install-on-disk /dev/sdb

This command will install Turbo Router on /dev/sdb. The relevant configuration files will be copied from the USB stick to the local drive. At the end of the installation, you can reboot and remove the USB stick.

You will then get the familiar GRUB screen that you got when you were testing the software, and after some time, the login screen.

                GNU GRUB  version 2.02~beta2-36ubuntu3.11

+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|*Turbo Router - X.Y.Z                                                       |
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+----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

     Use the ^ and v keys to select which entry is highlighted.
     Press enter to boot the selected OS, 'e' to edit the commands
     before booting or 'c' for a command-line.
  The highlighted entry will be executed automatically in 9s.

(...)
[  OK  ] Started 6WIND Turbo Appliances.
(...)
localhost login:

The next step is the license file installation.