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Using the Quick Installation Method

Note: This topic applies to the Edinburgh Release.

Note: If you have purchased Smoothwall appliances, you do not need to install the software separately. All appliances are shipped with the software installed.

Note: Installing the Smoothwall System will ERASE ALL DATA from the computer’s hard disk/storage device. This includes any inserted USB storage device. Ensure that all valuable data is safely backed up before you continue.

The quick installation method automatically checks the computer and its hardware components and installs accordingly.

To install using the quick method, do the following:

1. Insert the installation CD into the CD-ROM drive and reboot the computer.
2. Press ENTER.
3. When the installation program has initialized the drivers, you are prompted to choose whether to install using the advanced mode.

For a detailed description of running the advanced installation procedure, see Using the Advanced Installation Method.

4. Wait 5 seconds to run the quick installation procedure.

From the Welcome screen, press ENTER to start the installation.

5. If more than one hard disk, or storage device is detected, you are prompted whether to enable software mirroring.

To enable software RAID 1 support, select Yes and press ENTER. Continue the installation at Press ENTER to proceed.

Note: When using a hardware RAID device, the first volume on the first detected RAID card will be used. This is typically set up by RAID BIOS.

Or, select No and press ENTER to continue.

 

6. If you said No to RAID 1 support, choose whether to use the 2nd disk as a separate store for log files. This is mostly useful if the two disks are different sizes, in which case, the bigger disk should be second one and the smaller (OS) disk should be the first one. It also works in Hardware RAID setups. An example would be: volume 1: 2 disks in Mirror (OS) and volume 2: 4 disks in RAID5 (Logging).
7. Press ENTER to proceed.

Note: Installing the Smoothwall System will ERASE ALL DATA from the computer’s hard disk/storage device. This includes any inserted USB storage device. Ensure that all valuable data is safely backed up before you continue.

This screen is the last opportunity you have to cancel the installation before data is erased. Smoothwall cannot be held responsible for any loss of data.

 

8. When installation is complete, you are prompted to reboot.

Press ENTER to reboot your Smoothwall System.

9. Once the reboot has completed, you are prompted whether to restore an existing archive.

Select No and press ENTER to continue.

Note: If you select Yes here, you access migration and restore options for existing Smoothwall Systems.

For a detailed description of restoring an existing archive, see Using the Advanced Installation Method.

10. Choose your keyboard layout, using the spacebar to display the keyboard options, and the arrow keys to move up and down the list.

Select Next and press ENTER to continue.

11. Configure a hostname for your Smoothwall System. We recommend that you only use lowercase characters in the hostname.

The default hostname is smoothwall.local, however, if there are multiple Smoothwall Systems, you must identify them using unique hostnames.

If your Smoothwall System is going to integrate within an existing network infrastructure that uses domain name structuring, enter a fully qualified hostname that is appropriate to the system’s position within the hierarchy.

The following rules for hostname configuration apply:

Hostnames CAN contain hyphens
Hostnames CAN contain dots
Hostnames CANNOT start with a number
Hostnames CANNOT contain spaces
Hostnames CANNOT contain any punctuation characters, except hyphens and dots

Select Next and press ENTER to continue.

12. You are prompted to configure the interface used by the administration user interface to access the Smoothwall System. You configure all other interfaces separately, for more information, see Working with Interfaces and Roles .

Highlight the relevant Network Interface Card (NIC), and press ENTER to continue.

13. Enter the following information:
IP address — The IP address of your Smoothwall System’s NIC on your internal network.
Subnet mask — The subnet mask used in conjunction with the internal IP address to define the network that this NIC belongs to.
Gateway — If a gateway is required, press the spacebar, and from the menu, select Enter an IP address. Enter the IP address of the gateway that your Smoothwall System should use.

Select Next and press ENTER to continue.

14. If you have a Secure Web Gateway (Software) serial, you are prompted to configure the Domain Name Services (DNS) servers. If you have a Unified Threat Management (Software) serial, go to You are prompted to configure passwords for the administration user accounts.

Enter the following information:

Primary DNS — The IP address of the primary DNS server. This DNS server is used to resolve hostnames to IP addresses.

If your Smoothwall System is going to be integrated into an existing DNS infrastructure, such as when using an Active Directory server, enter the IP address of the appropriate DNS server within the existing infrastructure.

Secondary DNS — The IP address of a secondary DNS server, if one is available.

Select Next and press ENTER to continue.

15. You are prompted to configure passwords for the administration user accounts.

Configure the following information:

Password — Enter a strong password for your Smoothwall System’s “admin” account. The “admin” account is used for access via the web interface.
Again — Reenter the password to confirm it.

Select Next and press ENTER.

16. You are prompted to configure passwords for the root user account.

Configure the following information:

Password — Enter a strong password for your Smoothwall System’s “root” account. The “root” account is used for access via the SSH interface.
Again — Reenter the password to confirm it.

Select Next and press ENTER.

17. Your Smoothwall System now reboots to complete the installation.

After rebooting, you can access your Smoothwall System from a network client running a web browser. For more information, see Accessing the Smoothwall System .