TrueCommand™ is usually installed inside a virtual machine. It can also be installed on standalone hardware.
Download TrueCommand™ for free on the iXsystems website to get started.
17.1. System Requirements¶
The system requirements for TrueCommand™ are:
- x86 64-bit CPU
- at least 4 GiB or 4096 MiB of RAM
- at least 80 GiB of disk space
VirtualBox is an open source virtualization program originally created by Sun Microsystems. VirtualBox runs on Windows, BSD, Linux, Macintosh, and OpenSolaris.
To install or run TrueCommand™ in VirtualBox, start VirtualBox. Click the New button.
Enter a name for the virtual machine. Click the Type drop-down menu and select BSD. Select FreeBSD (64-bit) from the Version drop-down. Click Next.
Change the base memory size to at least 4 GiB or 4096 MiB (see System Requirements). Click Next.
Select VDI and click Next.
Select Dynamically allocated. Click Next.
Set the size of the Virtual Disk. Set the Virtual Disk size to at least 80 GiB (see System Requirements. Click Create to create the new VM.
Highlight the VM and click Settings to create a device for the installation media.
Click Storage in the left column to show storage options.
Select Empty from the Storage Devices frame and click
the CD icon in the Attributes frame. Click
Choose Virtual Optical Disk File to browse to the location
of the TrueCommand™
Configure the network adapter by opening the VM settings and clicking Network. Select Bridged Adapter in the Attached To drop-down menu. Choose the name of the physical interface from the Name drop-down menu. Click Ok to save the new settings.
Click Start to power on the VM and begin the TrueCommand™ installation.
After the installation is complete, shut down the VM. Remove the installation media by right-clicking the IDE icon and selecting Remove Disk from Virtual Drive.
17.2.2. VMware ESXi¶
ESXi is a bare-metal hypervisor architecture created by VMware Inc. Commercial and free versions of the VMware vSphere Hypervisor operating system (ESXi) are available from the VMware website.
When the VMware vSphere client is installed, use it to connect to the
ESXi server. Enter the username and password created when installing
ESXi to log into the interface. After logging in, go to Storage to
upload the TrueCommand™
Click Datastore browser and select a datastore for the
.iso. Click Upload. Use the
file dialog to choose the TrueCommand™
.iso from the host system.
Click Create / Register VM to create a new VM. The New virtual machine wizard opens:
Select creation type: Select
Create a new virtual machineand click Next.
Select a name and guest OS: Enter a name for the VM. Leave ESXi compatibility version at the default. Select
Otheras the Guest OS family. Select
FreeBSD12 or later versions (64-bit)as the Guest OS version. Click Next.
Select storage: Select a datastore for the VM. The datastore must be at least 80 GiB (see System Requirements).
Customize settings: Enter at least 4 GiB or 4096 MiB of memory and at least 80 GiB of virtual storage (see System Requirements). Select
Datastore ISO filefrom the CD/DVD Drive 1 drop-down. Use the Datastore browser to select the uploaded TrueCommand™
.iso. Click Next.
Ready to complete: Review the VM settings. Click Finish to create the new VM.
Click Power on to start the VM. Click and install TrueCommand™., where VM is the TrueCommand VM name. Click
17.3. Installing TrueCommand™¶
The TrueCommand™ installer boot menu appears first. After a short pause, it automatically continues. To boot with one of the options, type the number of the option.
Enter to select the default option,
Available disks are shown. Use the arrow keys to choose the target
Spacebar to select the desired disk. Press
Enter to continue.
Enter to reserve the entire disk for TrueCommand™.
Use the arrow keys to select GPT. MBR should only be used on legacy
clients that cannot use GPT. Press
Set and confirm the
root password. The
user is for system maintenance and is not used to access the
TrueCommand™ web interface. TrueCommand™ accounts are created through
the web interface after installation.
Enter to continue.
TrueCommand as the system hostname and press
Enter to Enable networking.
Use the arrow keys to select the network card. A static IP address is strongly recommended. DHCP can be used, but can result in the system unexpectedly moving to new IP address.
When using a static IP address, the IP address, gateway, and netmask are required. DNS is optional, but recommended for name resolution.
Enter to the Enable SSH. Enabling SSH is not required,
Select install and press
Wait for the Installation finished! message and press
Use the down arrow to select quit. Press
Restart the TrueCommand™ system. Remove the TrueCommand™ install media so the system boots from the hard drive.