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Conductor Conversion

An SSR device (SSR1xx or SSR1xxx) shipped with SSR 5.4.x Routing software may be reinitialized as a conductor for use in an existing network. The conductor can be used with or without Cloud Telemetry for devices running pre 6.0.x SSR software.

Use the following procedure to reinitialize an SSR 1xx/1xxx as a conductor.

  1. To start the Initializer, run the initialize128t command. initialize128t must always be run as the root user, or with sudo initialize128t.

The SSR softare must not be running during initialization. The Initializer will detect when the SSR is running and exit with this message:

SSR is running; cannot launch Initializer

To stop the SSR, follow the steps shown in the Installation Guide.

  1. In the SSR Initializer wizard, use the space bar to select the Conductorrole for the SSR node, and press the Enter key to select OK.

    SSR Role

  2. When asked What kind of Router/Conductor node is this?, select Standalone from the following options:

    Identify the Node

  • Standalone: This router/conductor has no highly available peer, and is not currently planned for high availability.
  1. Enter the following system properties on the Node Info screen:

    Node Information

  • Node Name: The name of the system within your SSR Router or Conductor, for example, conductor. By default this field uses the Linux system's hostname. The node name identifies the conductor node under the Conductor element in the Authority.


    Both routers and conductors can consist of one node (for standalone systems) or two nodes (for highly available systems).

  • Conductor Name: The name of the Conductor system as a whole. When referring to a running SSR software instance, it is identifiable by the full name of nodeName.routerName; e.g., conductor-node1.conductor. The full system name is reflected in the PCLI prompt.

  1. On the Password Setup screen, create a password for the SSR Admin user. The administrator password must be at least 8 characters long, contain at least 1 uppercase letter, at least 1 lowercase letter, at least 1 number, cannot contain the username in any form, and cannot repeat characters more than 3 times. This operation is only performed on the standalone or first node in the HA peer, and the password must be entered twice.


    Resetting a password requires entering the old password. If a password is lost or forgotten and the account is inaccessible, the account cannot be recovered. Please keep password records accessible and secure.

    Password Setup

  2. Press the Enter key to select OK. The Initializer performs a hardware compatibility check. The compatibility check may fail due to warnings or failure notices, which are displayed in the output script. If no failures are present, you can choose to continue with the installation even if multiple warnings exist. For information on why a specific test may have failed or generated a warning, contact Juniper Technical Support.

  3. When prompted, select <Yes> to start the conductor.

    Initializer Complete


    If installing the SSR software for the first time, a system reboot is required.

Additional information about the initializer can be found in the Initializer Command Line Reference section.

Verify Installation

After installing the SSR Routing Software it is important to verify that the installation was completed successfully.

To Verify the SSR Installation:

  1. Launch a command prompt window.

  2. Execute the command:

    sudo systemctl status 128T
  3. Once the service is listed as Active, log into the system as Admin using the system default password. By logging into the system, you have verified the installation.

  4. Close the command prompt window.

  5. Use a web browser to navigate to the IP address of the SSR GUI. For example;

  6. Log in to the SSR GUI using the admin name and password you created earlier.

Configure the Token

To save repository access credentials, use the PCLI command set software access-token. For information on this command, see set software access-token.

Next Steps

See Router Interactive Installation or Router Installation Using OTP for steps to install your routers.

If your deployment will take advantage of Mist Telemetry, see Enable WAN Assurance on the Conductor for those next steps.