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SBC:Baremetal:Installation

This article applies to: Product Version
ProSBC 3.1

Requirements

Minimal server requirements:

  • 64-bit server
  • USB key for installation (or Optical disk drive)
  • One Ethernet interface for management
  • One or more Ethernet interfaces for SBC processing (LAN/WAN). Must be in the List of supported NICs
  • Two Ethernet interfaces, if a 1+1 configuration is required
  • Console access through serial port or keyboard/monitor ports or other (i.e. Dell iDrac)
  • Support for the "Legacy BIOS mode with MBR partition" or UEFI (UEFI support new with version 3.1.117)
  • BIOS setup for maximum performance (no dynamic CPU throttling)


Sessions CPU cores RAM Disk Space (SSD) Ethernet ports for SBC (LAN/WAN)**

Up to 5,000

4

8 GB

40 GB

1 Gbps
2 X 1Gbps to separate LAN and WAN networks

5,000-20,000

6

16 GB

60 GB

1 X 10 Gbps
2 X 10Gbps to separate LAN and WAN networks

20,000-50,000

8

32 GB

80 GB

1 X 10 Gbps
2 X 10Gbps to separate LAN and WAN networks

Above 50,000

12

32 GB

100 GB

Multiple 10 Gbps

** See list of supported Network Interface Cards (NICs) here: List of supported NICs


More details on HW/CPU/NIC requirements can be found here: Requirements Matrix
Check here for a list of certified hardware platforms: SBC Certified Hardware


In most cases, a standard configuration will provide sufficient performance. To get maximum performance from a system, please contact support@telcobridges.com .

Getting the ISO

Please go to our ProSBC Download site to get a copy of the latest SBC ISO.

Installing the ISO

The installation process will reformat the server's disks and install all the necessary software.

Prepare an ISO onto a bootable USB flash drive or a DVD

Use a software application to burn the ISO image to a USB flash drive. On Windows, Rufus is known to work with the ProSBC ISO, however, any similar application should work.
When using Rufus, make sure you have these settings:

  • Partition scheme: MBR
  • Target system: BIOS or UEFI
  • Volume label (keep default): "CENTOS 7 X8"
  • File system: FAT32

Press START, then select:

  • Write in ISO Image Mode (Recommended)

Physical installation steps

  1. Identify which Ethernet networks you need and connect them to your server. Refer to Networking for more information. For ProSBC Transcoding and associated network setup, please also refer to ProSBC:Transcoding and Network Setup.
  2. Burn the ISO onto a DVD or a USB flash drive
  3. Get access to the console of the server. Usually, this is achieved by connecting a keyboard and screen to the server.
  4. Insert the DVD in the optical drive of your server and boot from the DVD drive.
    • Alternatively, plug in your USB flash drive and boot from that drive.
  5. The "Virtual Appliance Installer" menu should be displayed:
    ISO install prompt.jpg
  6. Press the 'R' key followed by the 'ENTER' key to start the installation
    ISO installing.jpg
  7. Wait for the installation process to complete. When the installation is complete, the server will automatically reboot.
    • Important: Make sure to remove the DVD from the drive while the server is rebooting. If you get back to "Virtual Appliance Installer", just eject the CD or remove the USB flash drive and reboot again.
  8. It may take a couple of minutes for the system to be brought up after the first reboot. Until the Web Portal is accessible, you must not reboot the newly created machine to allow the installation to complete properly.

Assigning IP address

By default, all detected network interfaces will have DHCP enabled. This means, the server might already have an IP address assigned, if the network has a DHCP server running. In this case, you can display and use it to access the web portal configuration panel.

  1. Retrieve an IP address assigned by DHCP
 # ifconfig

If you want to assign a static IP address, or there is no DHCP on your network, you will need to configure it manually.

  1. Use the tbchangeip, shell command and answer the questions to change your Ethernet interface address:
 # tbchangeip


Note: No changes must be done to the repositories on the systems, and no other software should be installed unless written consent from TelcoBridges.

Accessing the SBC web portal

  1. Open a web browser to the IP of your server, on port 12358. Example if your server address is 192.168.178.30, the URL would be:
    http://192.168.178.30:12358
  2. The SBC Configuration Wizard is displayed
    TSBC WebPortal Configuration wizard.jpg

From here, you can go to Web Portal Initial Configuration Guide to continue the installation, and/or optimize your server to get the maximum out of your server.

Web Portal Initial Configuration

Click on the following link to pursue installation from the web portal: Web Portal Initial Configuration