Access Manager 1.4-RG ISO installation

This article details steps on completing the installation of Access Manager from the original ISO image. The ISO image is unique in that you need to configure the OS as well as the application. Using the software installs or VMWare, HyperV images the operating system is already configured.

Note: before proceeding you should have completed, Creating VM for Access Manger ISO first, this creates a virtual machine required for the ISO to run effectively.

Step 1: Choose Graphical Install

With the newly created VM started you should see the Access Manager installation menu, from here choose Graphical Install, the Install option does the same but lacks any gui.

Step 2: Language Settings

The initial steps require you to configure the language, location and keyboard mapping to use, please choose your country and location as appropriate.

Step 3: Network Settings

The next step requires you to set the hostname for the system and the domain name, this will be the name of the server and how users will access this machine. In my example I have chosen:

  • Hostname: AccessManager
  • Domain name: hypersocket.local

Step 3: Partition Disks

The next step requires partitioning of the 16 GB of disk space assigned to this VM. The simplest method is to use the default settings of Guided - use entire disk option.

Hitting Continue with ask you to choose the disk to partition, in most cases you should only have one to choose from and if you followed the previous article this will be around 16 GB in size.

Pressing Continue then select Finish partitioning and write changes to disk. You will notice that the whole disk is being used for all your files, if you require better structure then you can choose manual parititioning and configure your own splits, our recommendation for seperate partitions is:

  • /root 4G
  • /swap 2G
  • /var 10G

Step 4: Package Manager

Select the encoding that you wish to use for the console, this will determine the character encoding that is used by the system. Now you are prompted to setup a package manager for the system, this is required to get Debian operating system updates, it is recommend you select Yes to use a Network Mirror and choose a mirror in your country as close to you as possible.

 

If you need to use a proxy to access this server then you can provide these settings on the next step.

 

Step 5: GRUB Boot Loader

The final steps are to confirm the GRUB boot loader settings for the server. Select the option /dev/sda and continue.

 

Step 6: Restarting VM

The wizard will now take the above settings and create the and configure the operating system and also install Access Manager. The VM will eventually shutdown and you should remove the Access Manager ISO from the CD/DVD by navigating to Storage->Settings again.

With the ISO removed the VM will start up and you will be presented with the VM centre dialog to set your root account password.

 

Once you have entered a valid password for the root account you will be automatically logged into the VM Centre system. In future when the system starts up you will be prompted to enter the root account password that has just been set in order to login.

 

VM Centre

VM Centre is a powerful system which allows you to manage the underlying operating system and services running. Not only can you access the system via a terminal interface but can monitor system resources, update system packages and configure network settings.

Step 7: Accessing the Access Manager Server

Having successfully logged into VM Centre you can locate your server url/ip at the top of the page in the header.

 

Navigating to this URL/IP you will be presented with the Access Manager Installation Wizard. From this point on you will configure the actual Access Manager server configuration. For more details and instructions on how you can process through this please see the article Access Manager 1.4-RG VM Installation Wizard.

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