• Quick Installation Guide
  • Step by Step
  • Admin User Guide
01. Introduction
02. Hardware Requirement
03. Acquire the Software
04. System Configuration
  • Checking List
05. Recover System via RAID
06. FAQ
 

System Configuration Checking List

The following listed items should be examined after the Azblink Software has been installed from CD.

1. Your static IP address
  (You should configure the server with Static IP , either Public Fix IP or Private Fix IP. For the public fix IP,
  you can obtain it from your Internet service provider. PPPoE can have static IP also; you need to apply
  from ISP first.)

2. Have you applied your Domain Name yet?
    If yes, please complete the setting.
    If no, please purchase a domain name before setting.

3. Setup your IP address at System>>Network>>Internet (IP address is from your ISP)

4. Activate the individual AzOS services according to your needs.
    System>>Setup>>Activation (go www.azblink.com to get activation code)

5. Set your server name System>>Network>> Internet (English name only, please change the default
  “Azstart” server name to your prefer name.)

6. Change the default system password System>>User>> Users (Strongly recommend to change
   for the best security)

   Default admin password is: admin123,  the New Password is : ________
   Default root password: root123,       the New password is: ________

7. Adjust your system local time correctly System>>Setup>> Locale ( by 24-hour format)

8. Is there a DHCP server providing the IP assignment services in your local network ?
    If no, after the system is installed, please go to System>>Network>> LAN/DHCP page,
    check thethe option of “Activate DHCP”, and then assign proper IP address range (for example, IP range
   172.16.11.100 to 172.16.11.200)

    If yes, you have to turn off the DHCP service after the system has been installed. Go to the
     System >> Network >> LAN/DHCP to disable it.

9. Do you want to enable DNS service?

   If yes, you have several tasks to do
  *. Go to DNS >> Domain Zone page to set “DNS” to this server’s IP.
  *. Visits Border Control setting page to open the UDP port 53.
  *. Go to your Domain name provider to modify your “DNS IP setting” to
    point to this server’s IP address.

   If no, please go to DNS >> Tools >> Options page to turn off the DNS service.

10. Do you want to enable VPN service?

   If no, go to the next check point.
   If yes, you should define your local network IP space with “different” class of IP to avoid using the
  common local network’s IP space. System >> Network >> LAN/DHCP For example, the most
  common setting is 192.168.X.1 ~ 192.168.X.255, you should not define the “X” as 1,3,5,7 or it will cause
  an unexpected problem. You might try other setting like 172.16.X.X .

11. Do you want to enable the FTP service? Border Control >> Advanced >> Add Rule

    If no, go to the next check point.
    If yes, goes Border Control setting to open the TCP port 20 and 21.

12. Do you want to enable mail service?

    If no, go to the next check point.
    If yes, go to Email >> Basic >> Domain/Host setting page to fill in your related Mail server
    data. Please note that the Mail server name should be a fully-qualified” name that registered at the DNS
    server). If you want to allow the mail client e.g. Outlook or Outlook Express to access and retrieve mails
    from public net, then, you should go to Border Control to open Net to FW TCP port 110. However, open the
    TCP port 110 may have some security risks, we recommend you to use web-based mail service instead
    of using the mail client to access this mail service.
13. To use the mail service, you should go to the System >> User >> Users page to add
   user accounts. System will open the email account for the new users at the same time.

14. Do you have Internet hosting service outside?
    If no, go to the next check point.
    If yes, please go to System >> Web >> External Hosting to do the setting.

15. At most cases, you can use the functions likes “IP Aliasing”, “Port Forwarding”, “LAN-Net Loop back”
   and System >> Network >> Static-Routing to reach your network design goal. Under some
   circumstances, you might need to use VPN to connect network across the different locations.

16. When you configure the Mail Transport Email>>Advanced>> Mail Transport , Please remember to
   select and submit the check box of “Transport to other host(s)”.

17. In order to make the VPN Multiplexer to work normally, the newly added UDP ports need to be added
   at Border Control>>Advanced>>Add rule page with proper Action setting (for example, Accept).

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Basic Web Setting

After the system installation be finished, take the CD out, reboot the machine, and then start the basic network setting for the system.

There are two modes to configure the host, one is console mode on the local host, and the other is Web interface mode on Client. You can choose the one you like or just by the network environment of that time.

Console Mode --- configure on local host

A. Input account and password to login into console configuration interface.

 login:reset
 Password:root123

B. You will see 7 options after login in

 1. IP Address:192.168.19.185
 2. Netmask:255.255.255.0
 3. Default Gateway:192.168.19.1
 4. Save and Reboot
 5. Reset to CD setting (DHCP) and Reboot
 6. View Current Active Values
 7. Exit without Saveing Changes

C. Is there any fixed ip ready for configuration?

  Yes, type fixed IP address, Netmask and Default Gateway into option 1.2.3. severally. You can use up
  and down arrow to choose the option who needs edit, and then press enter to configure. After option 1.2.3
  be correctly configured, you can use option 4 to save these changes and reboot the machine. (If you have
  no idea about the Netmask and Default Gateway, you can just refer to the Completion List provided by your
  ISP.)

  No, if there is a DHCP server providing the IP assignment services in your network, you can just use option6
  to check the IP address assigned by the system. After checking eth0, please write down the IP address, and
  remember to use option 7 to quit the Console interface.

D. By the IP address you set or the one obtained from DHCP, you can view the configuration page of the
   system host via Web browser on remote Client.

※ DHCP server exists in your network, but if you find eth0 shown as IP 1.2.3.4 when you check current system value, please check if your network cables plug into wrong place (eh0 and eth1 may been exchanged), or if there are some problems on other equipments. (Refer to Q&A in the manual)


Web interface Mode --- configure at sub-network

A. Is the host, which you installed system on, connected by other hosts?

  Yes, please confirm the host is the only DHCP sever (that is to say the network should not have other
  DHCP servers, e.g. IP distributor), and then start from C.

  No, please complete basic network configuration according to B’s instruction.

B. A network cable makes host’s eth1 port and the Hub connected. And use another cable to connect to
  Hub, let the other end of this cable link to a common Client computer.

C. Choose one Client computer from the sub-network which connected to the system host.

D. Open command prompt on the Client (suppose it’s a Windows machine), type “ipconfig” and then press
 “Enter” button, check whether the Default Gateway is 172.16.9.1 or not?

  Yes, just close the command prompt, enter into next step.

  No, type “ipconfig/release” to release the old IP in your computer, and then type “ipconfig/renew” to get
  new assigned IP.
  (If you are still unable to obtain new IP, please check if the network has other DHCP sever or not, or maybe
  TCP/IP of this Client does not use the mode of “Obtain an IP Address Automatically”.)

E. Open your Browser, and type http://172.16.9.1 at the address bar to link. When you visit the page at the
  first time, you will see 4 items;

  Host Name:Please set Host Name for this host.
  Admin Password:Default password is admin123.
  New Admin Password:Please set new password.
  Confirm Password:Please confirm your new password.

F. After you enter into system page, go to System>>Network, choose Internet or PPPoE depending on the
 situation.

  Choose Internet. At the Internet Interface, mostly, you should set the values for IP address / Netmask /
  Default Gateway and then submit, restart your machine and you will find it already connected to Internet.

  Choose PPPoE. If you use PPPoE, remember to check the checkbox of “Turn on PPPoE”. Fill in the account
  and password provided by ISP and submit, reboot your computer, then you can connect to the network.
  (Please refer to the sections of Configuration and Q&A in Quick Installation Guide if you have any questions.)

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The Presence of the Running Machine on the Internet

Everything has a start, and has an end.

Deploying a server over the Internet is different from setting up a local server without being revealed to outside people. For a server to be unknown on the Internet by fully-qualified hostname, it requires some registration processes. Furthermore, since the server is known to the public, some security measures should have been taken to avoid the abuse of the server.

This package includes basic elements for network operation, for example, DNS, FTP, firewall, backup storage server, VPN (Virtual Private Network) and Email .

We start from the introduction on Domain name registration with the following diagram:

1. Purchase domain name from the “vendor for domain name registration”

The “Domain Name Registration Vendor” usually will provide a Web interface for you to query your desired domain name. You may find some of the domain names you like have been acquired by other people. It is necessary for you need to find a domain name that is not being occupied. And then make the purchase of the domain name from the “Domain Name Registration Vendor” to complete this step.

2. Purchase Internet bandwidth and obtain “static” IP addresses from your local ISP (internet service provider).

Usually, the ISP will give you a set of IP addresses that may include a list of public IP addresses, the netmask, and the default Gateway. This IP information will be used when you install the software and configure your server. You shall keep the information in a safe place once you obtain that from your ISP.

3. Find a legitimate “DNS host provider”

It is to host your domain name (which you get from step 2) and the associated static IP address (which you get from step 3) record so that everybody on Internet can use your domain name to reach your server. Usually, the “DNS host provider” will provide a Web interface to allow you to input your domain name and the mapped IP address record into their hosted server. This step is completed after you have entered the data into the web page.

4. Update the record at the “Domain Name Registration Vendor” server with the IP addresses of the “DNS host provider”.

At this step, you need to access the website provided by “Domain Name Registration Vendor”. If you do not know the DNS server’s IP addresses of your “DNS host provider”, you can do as follows at your Windows command prompt (the command prompt is reached through Start > Run > cmd), issue the command

  C:\>nslookup DNS-server- name-from-your-provider

The system will respond with the IP address of your “DNS host provider”. Usually, you need to find two IP addresses of the two DNS servers provided by “DNS host provider” (one is called primary DNS host server, the other is secondary DNS host server). The two IP addresses will be entered into the record in the place of “Domain Name Registration Vendor”. We suggest using primary DNS server and secondary server from different places. The Azblink server package also provides DNS server. But to allow people all over the world can query your domain, you should have your domain name placed in different DNS servers to alleviate the load.

5. Wait until it is in effect.

In general, it needs 24 hours to 72 hours to have your domain name record of the server populated across the world so that people can use domain name to access your server.
Those are the general steps as long as you want to have your own private server(s) on Internet.

Hardware Requirement

X86-compliant hardware

Nowadays, this kind of application would not need computation power like large-scaled scientific research projects. Most of the constraints come from input/output operations from one device to another device. So, instead of choosing powerful machines, we suggest using reliable ones.

Hardware with Ethernet interface(s):

If you would like to put the server inside a firewall, it only needs one Ethernet interface on that machine. To use firewall on the same machine, it needs two Ethernet interfaces.

Uninterrupted Power System

For the sake of system stability, we recommend to equip the server with mini UPS (Uninterrupted Power System) to protect the server from sudden power outage. Power outage or power surge would damage some components. To protect the investment, it is a good choice to have UPS ready.

Switch/Hub

Switch or hub bridges traffic from each host and each host is responsible for collision detection and retransmission. If your network environment has more PCs that can not be plugged into one hub or switch, an additional Ethernet switch shall be used to expand the connectivity.

Wireless Router (Recommended, but not necessary)

Wireless router or wireless access point becomes popular in office and home environment. This device can deliver data just like a wired Ethernet, and provide an efficient solution for people with mobile computers. It should be noticed to deploy wireless access point by avoiding IP address conflict.

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