Appliance Installation from USB

This document assumes that you have downloaded the Appliance USB Demo image, and have booted successfully from the USB and passed traffic through the ET/BWMGR bridge.

Testing Your Hardware

You should test your hardware thoroughly while booted from the USB to make sure that everything is functional. The system should work well running off of the USB; there's no reason to install to hard disk before you've qualified the hardware, however, once you begin setting up rules that you may want to use in production, it's a good idea to move from the USB to a hard drive.


In order to install the appliance to a hard drive, you'll need boot from USB with the target hard drive connected as well. The drive can be blank, or contain data that you no longer need; the installation process will completely erase the hard drive. There is no option to install the image onto a secondary partition on an existing drive.

Below is an example of a typical installation. Your drive names and ethernet interfaces may differ, depending on your hardware.

List Available Disks

# diskutil list

ad8 [152627 MB] WDC WD1600AAJS-00YZCA0/01.03B01> Serial ATA II
da0 (Root): [3820 MB] USB Kingston DataTraveler G3

SATA drives will show up as "ada" devices, like so:

# diskutil list

ada0 [152627 MB] WDC WD1600AAJS-00YZCA0/01.03B01> Serial ATA II
da0 (Root): [3820 MB] USB Kingston DataTraveler G3

Build the Disk

# diskutil build ada0

This will completely erase the contents of ada0.
Enter 'yes' to continue: yes

Erasing disk in order to re-partition ada1.
Erasing ada1 ...



# diskutil install ada0

Mounting disk ada0
Checking fstab
Mounting ada0s1a:
Creating missing directory ada0/var
Creating missing directory ada0/usr
Creating missing directory ada0/mnt
Creating missing directory ada0/dev
Creating missing directory ada0/proc
Mounting ada0s1e:
Mounting ada0s1f:
Starting transfer: install to ada0

Running post-install /usr/local/backup/install/ ada0...
unmounting /ada0/usr
unmounting /ada0/var
unmounting /ada0

Finished transfer of install to ada0

Finishing the Installation

Once the install is finished, you may "halt" the machine.

# halt

Wait a few moments for any USB activity to cease, and then remove the USB drive and press any key to reboot. Your machine should now boot from the hard drive.

Getting the Latest Software

Whether you are requesting a demo license, or a full license, you should update to the latest software before issuing a license request. If you have purchased a full license, you can follow these instructions on upgrading. If you are requesting a demo license, then contact our support staff for instructions on how to update.

Generating the License Request File

Before we can issue a license, we must have the license request file generated by our software. To generate a license request file, use the License utility in the ET/BWMGR GUI.

Etbwmgr licensing gui

For older USB images running version 5.0.32 or earlier, you will need to generate the request manually using the command-line utility.

# cd /usr/bwmgr
# bwmgr_license license-request

Post the contents of this file, named BWMGR_LICENSE.#####, on your existing ticket so we can process the license. Make sure to indicate the original file name to ensure faster processing.

Once you retrieve your license file (named BWMGR_LICENSE), place that file in /usr/bwmgr/. Then, start the ET/BWMGR.

# bwmgr_license start

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