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Change Appliance's Boot Order and Reinstall the System

Applies to platform: Mercury, Macro X1, Macro X2.
Updated on: 09 November 2016

This lesson shows the procedure to change the boot order of your Endian UTM hardware Appliance, Mercury or Macro. This operation is needed in case you have to reinstall the system.

Requirements

  • System Image (see next section)
  • Endian UTM hardware Appliance target machine, either Mercury, Macro X1, or Macro X2.
  • USB 2.0 Flash Drive with size at most 8Gb
  • PC with serial console port

Download the System Image and Create a bootable USB Flash Drive

The image file of System can be downloaded from Endian Network.

Once you have downloaded the file, you need to create an Installation USB Flash Drive: see the Installation USB Flash Drive document for detailed information.

Procedure Overview

  • Connect via serial console to the appliance.
  • Boot from USB and wait for the installation to complete.
  • Unplug the USB Flash Drive and reboot.
  • Your machine is reinstalled.

The procedure to change the boot order is pretty similar for Mercury and Macro appliances, the only difference being the user interface of the BIOS.

Warning

The installation of the system from the USB flash drive starts without asking for confirmation. Make sure you do not use it to boot a PC or a server, or you will wipe out all their data!

Step by Step Procedure - Macro X1 and Macro X2

You should make sure the Endian UTM Apppliance boots from USB. If not, you may need to set the proper boot order in the bios, so you need first to connect to the appliance using the serial console, see this lesson for directions.
After you have access to the Appliance using the serial console, you should also be able to see and follow the boot process.
  • To see and access the BIOS from console you need to set the correct Baud Rate, whose value depends on the model of the appliance and can be one of these values: 19200, 38400, or 115200 (on the Mercury NSA2011 and Mercury 50).
  • Plug the USB Flash Drive into the target machine. Make sure there is only the USB flash drive plugged to the appliance!
  • Boot your Endian UTM Appliances and, when you see the first boot messages ("POST screen"), click on the DEL button to enter the BIOS:
  • Select with the arrows Advanced BIOS Features, then press ENTER.
    BIOS-1.png
  • Select Hard Disk Boot Priority, then press ENTER.

    BIOS-2.png

  • Move USB-HDD0 at the top of Boot Priority, using the + or - keys.
    BIOS-3.png
  • Press the F10 key, then press Y when appear the dialog menu to save the settings:
    BIOS-4.png
  • Now the Endian UTM Appliance will reboot and boot from the USB flash drive.

Step by Step Procedure - Mercury

The procedure is almost identical to the one for the Macro Appliances, it only differs for the slight different BIOS installed.

  • Plug the USB Flash Drive into the target machine.
  • Boot your Endian UTM Appliances and, when you see the first boot messages ("POST screen"), click on the DEL button to enter the BIOS.
  • Use the arrow keys to go to the Boot tab, then to Hard Disk Drives, and press ENTER.
    mercury2.png
  • Once you manage to see the drives in this submenu, including your USB memory flash drive, make sure that the USB device is positioned as the first drive. To change the position of the drive, please use the + or - keys.
    mercury3.png
  • Click the F10 key to save the settings. The Endian UTM Appliance will reboot and boot from the USB flash drive.

Reinstalling the system

After the reboot, the installation will automatically start, without asking for confirmation. A set of beeps (around 10) signals the start of recovery: Your Appliance will be erased and the system reinstalled from scratch.

Wait a couple of minutes (around 5) for another acoustic signal, which notifies you about the end of the installation. If you do not hear the acoustic signals, please verify the boot order or check the USB Flash Drive integrity.

 

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