Create ISO image
The Hotrod CLI (command line interface) offers an easy way to create Bbox ISOs:
USAGE: hotrod portal bbox-iso [OPTIONS] --bbox-type <bbox-type> --hotrod-server <hotrod-server> FLAGS: -h, --help Prints help information -V, --version Prints version information OPTIONS: --address <address> Bbox CIDR (ipv4) --bbox-type <bbox-type> Bbox type [possible values: vm, ng, up] --dns-server <dns-server> DNS server --gateway <gateway> --hotrod-server <hotrod-server> Server address, to which the Bbox installed from this ISO will connect --iso-server <iso-server> ISO server [default: https://bbox-iso.panoptix.io] --label <label> ISO label, to help determine name of ISO --ntp-server <ntp-server> NTP server
Creation of the ISO should not take longer than a minute, but the download will take as long as your network allows (1.1 GB ISO image).
Write the ISO to a USB stick
Connect the stick to the Bbox, reboot, enter BIOS (press Delete key during boot-up), and set the stick to be the first boot device, and exit the BIOS.
On reboot, select Advanced options, then select Automated install. The installation should be complete by the time that Bbox shuts down. This should take less than 7 minutes (for the bbox-up) and over 10 minutes (for the bbox-ng).
You can also use the
--bbox-type vm to create an ISO for a
Bbox for production
- Boot the Bbox, with network cable disconnected
- Connect the serial cable/monitor to the bbox and wait until the Hotrod URL/IP address is displayed
- Shut down, affix the correct labels, and ship
Creating a VM on VMware ESXi
- After login to VMware ESXi, click
- Choose the VM name, select
linuxas Guest OS family, and select
latest ubuntuas Guest OS version.
- Select the datastore in which to store the configuration and disk files.
- Then click on
Client Deviceand choose
Datastore ISO file
- Then browse to the ISO you uploaded.
- Then navigate to the vm you created and power it up.
- After 15 minutes the vm will halt/exit... you will need to power it up again.
Creating a VM on VirtualBox
- If you need more than one network interface enabled, ensure to attach just 2, and just leave the other 2 enabled.
- Import the ISO to VirtualBbox and start building the virtual Bbox.