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    Initializing the System

    After the network interface(s) have been configured and the hostname is set, you are ready to initialize the appliance.

    1. From within the CLI, enter the following command:

      system initialize

    2. Next, you are prompted to confirm that the management interface is set correctly and then a warning screen appears, letting you know that the initialization process will erase all traffic related data on the local appliance. Once you have confirmed that you understand the warning, the local system begins the reset process which wipes out all local data and attempts to get the local system into a clean state.
    3. Once the reset process completes, you are presented with a dialog box that allows you to select the mode that the appliance will be operating in. The mode selections are as follows:
      • Standalone, Master, Dedicated Master–If you are setting up a Standalone appliance or a regular Master appliance, simply select the appropriate mode and hit enter. The initialization process will run and that’s all that is required. See Clustering Overview and Node Types and for more information.
      • High Availability Modes–For HA modes, you are asked the addresses of the two nodes that will be part of the HA pair. The addresses given should be the IP addresses assigned to the interconnect interfaces of the two HA nodes. These are the addresses that will be used for data replication. Once you have given the two addresses a quick validation process will run to make sure the two nodes are suitable to run in a HA pair together. If all validation passes then you will be asked for the virtual IP address and netmask to use as the floating address between the HA nodes. This virtual IP and netmask should be within the network of another interface already configured on the system. Otherwise it will not know what physical interface to associate to. Basic validation will be done on the provided information. If validation passes, then the HA connection will be established and the reset and initialization process will be run on both participating appliances. Once both nodes have completed the initialization process, they will go into a sync period where they will attempt to sync the replication partition between the two nodes. The time this takes can vary depending on the speed of the interconnect, but on average it should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. See High Availability Overview and High Availability Settings for more information.
      • Traffic Processor–If you are configuring a traffic processor, you will be asked for the address of the master node to use for the traffic processor. Provide the IP address of the management interface on the master node and that’s all that is required. The initialization process will validate that the local appliance and the given master address will work together, and if so, the initialization will proceed as normal.

    At the end of the initialization process, you are presented with a dialog window that tells you whether or not the process was successful, and under certain circumstances, you may be given recommendations for other settings to change within the configuration. At this point, you should have a fully set-up appliance.

    Published: 2014-06-27