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

This is version 2.18 of the AWS Elemental Live documentation. This is the latest version. For prior versions, see the Previous Versions section of AWS Elemental Live and AWS Elemental Statmux Documentation.

Step A: Prepare Hardware and Download Files

Prepare 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 node.

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 Installation Files

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

To download installation files

  1. Log in to the AWS Elemental User Community and follow the prompts to navigate to your files. For detailed steps to download installation files, see Downloading AWS Elemental Live Software.

  2. Download your files.

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

    • A kickstart (.iso) file for creating a USB boot drive. For example, centos-20161028T12270-production-usb.iso.

      You use this file to put a preconfigured installation of your operating system on your physical machine.

    • An installation (.run) file for the AWS Elemental software itself. For example, elemental_production_live_2.15.3.44452.run.

    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 .iso files and two .run files.

Create Bootable Kickstart

You must install the host operating system from an .iso file onto each physical machine that will be running AWS Elemental software. Doing so is referred to as “kickstarting the system”.

Make sure that you install the right version of the operating system with each piece of software. The correct .iso file is available on the AWS Elemental User Community.

Create a Boot USB Drive

Do this from your workstation.

Use a third-party utility (such as PowerISO or ISO2USB) to create a bootable USB drive from your .iso file. For help, see the knowledge base article Creating Bootable Recovery (kickstart) Media.