Note: A registration key will be required to activate the CyberHound Appliance image. If you were not provided one, please contact your CyberHound representative.
This procedure outlines the prerequisites and basic steps to install the CyberHound Appliance operating system into VMware.
Minimum System (for testing)
The guest OS must have at least the following (this is suitable for a testing environment).
- CPU: 2 Cores
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 50GB SCSI drive
- Network: 2x Ethernet connections (VMXNET 3)
- VMware version: ESX/ESXi v5.0 or later (with 64-bit guest support)
Recommended System (for production)
This system is the recommended system for the CyberHound software (note: this will vary depending on the number of users of the system, following is for around 100 users).
- CPU: 4 Cores
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 100GB SCSI drive
- Network: 2x Ethernet adaptors (VMXNET 3)
Items that are not supported and/or will not work with the CyberHound software.
- IDE drives
- VMXNET 2 Network Adapter
Supported Extras (additional users)
Additional resources will be required for more users. The following items may be added to the VMware system and will be supported by the CyberHound software. Note that some items may require activation by CyberHound or an update initiated via the user interface.
- Additional memory, the maximum memory supported is 64GB
- Additional storage, up to 2TB is supported
- An additional 2TB virtual disk is supported for the Content Acceleration Platform
- Additional Ethernet adapters
- Additional CPU’s, up to 8
As a rule of thumb, for every 100 users, an additional 2GB of RAM and 50GB of storage should be allocated. An extra CPU core should also be added per 200 users.
Important Notes on Creating the Guest Environment
Following are the options for creating the recommended guest environment for the CyberHound Appliance.
- Create a new VM
- Start with a typical configuration, for Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (64-bit)
- Add 2 NIC’s (the first is the LAN connection, the second the Internet connection), these should be “VMXNET 3”
- Create a disk with the required amount of storage (this should be at least 20GB, but typically much larger)
- Adjust the RAM to what is desired
- Add additional processors if desired
- The ISO image may also be connected to the “New CD/DVD” device, ensure “Connect at power on” is selected
Powering the System On and Off
As VMware Tools are automatically installed once the system is activated, the system can be powered down gracefully using the standard VMware options.
Installing the CyberHound Appliance
To install the CyberHound Appliance software, connect the ISO image to the virtual CD-ROM drive after creating the VM. The VM should then boot from the ISO and start the install process.
You will be prompted to create passwords during the install process. Please take note of these, you will need them during the initial configuration.
Note: There may be errors and alerts during the boot process. This is normal as drivers and services for all configurations are tested during the boot sequence.
Once installation is complete, the CD-ROM drive is not required, and can be removed from the VM configuration if desired.
Now the VM can be configured, and the web interface accessed, see the Initial Setup and User Interface Access for more information.