Step A: Prepare the Hardware and Download Files - AWS Elemental Conductor Live 3

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Step A: Prepare the Hardware and Download Files

Determine Primary Conductor Node

Typically, you have two AWS Elemental Conductor Live 3 nodes to support failover to a backup if the primary fails. Decide which of the Conductor nodes will be the primary and which will be the secondary. Note that the primary node takes on the role of primary license server and the secondary that of secondary license server. The Conductor nodes are license servers because they manage the pooled licenses that the AWS Elemental Live worker nodes use.

Prepare the Hardware and Network

To prepare your hardware and network, make sure you have done the following:

  • Physically installed the hardware unit.

  • Set up the unit as a node on your network.

  • Configured network cards and ensured that they're able to reach other machines on the network.

  • Set up a method, such as SCP, for transferring files from your workstation to the VM guest.

Note Your Activation Code

You should have received an email with your activation code. You need this number for the installation.

If you're installing AWS Elemental software on more than one system, you received an activation code for each system. Decide and note which activation code you will use for each unit. The codes are not tied ahead of time to any specific system, but you cannot use the same code on more than one.

Download Files

Download the installation files for each unique AWS Elemental product that you're using.

To download installation files

  1. Log in to AWS Elemental Support Center Activations. For detailed steps to download installation files, see Downloading AWS Elemental Conductor Live 3Software.

  2. Download your files.

    You need the following files for each unique piece of AWS Elemental software that you're installing.

    • A kickstart (.ova) file for creating a VM instance. For example, centos-20161028T12270-production-usb.ova.

      You will use this file to put a preconfigured installation of your operating system on your VM.

    • An installation (.run) file for the AWS Elemental software itself. For example, elemental_production_conductor_live247_3.21.3.44452.run.

      Make sure that you download the right version of software for the processing architecture that you need, either CPU-only or GPU-enabled.

    For example, if you're installing AWS Elemental Conductor Live 3 on two systems and AWS Elemental Live on five systems, you need to download two .ova files and two .run files.

Make Downloads Accessible

Move the .ova and .run files to a location where they can be accessed during installation. Note that:

  • The AWS Elemental software installers (.run) must be stored on a network share that the virtual machines have access to. This location can't require login credentials.

  • The OVA image can be left in your workstation download directory, or you can put it on the same network share as the software installers.