Building a bootable software Test Agent for USB from a Windows environment

Note: If you are skilled in working with bootable disk images, you can also manage without a Windows environment. Download the zip file mentioned below and transfer the embedded disk image to a USB memory using the UNIX/Linux/MacOSX command "dd".

To build a bootable USB flash stick, follow these steps:

  • Download the installer from the download area under Test Agents in the main menu.
  • Unpack the downloaded zip file on your local hard drive, and run "GenalyzerInstaller.exe". This will start the application that allows you to transfer the Netrounds Test Agent disk image to a bootable USB memory.  You should see this installer window:

  • Insert a USB memory stick with at least 1 GB capacity into your PC. Note: Any previous content on the USB memory will be erased.
  • Click the "refresh" button (circled in orange above) to make the USB device appear in the drop-down menu.
  • Click Install to start the installation process. Make sure that Windows does not have any other folders open on the selected USB device. If such folders exist, you will get an "access denied" message.
  • Wait for the transfer to complete, and remove the USB memory.
  • Insert the USB memory into a PC with USB boot support.
  • Turn on the PC.
  • Access the BIOS boot menu. In many cases you can do that by pressing one of F8, F11, or F12 during start-up.
  • Make sure the USB memory comes before the PC hard drive in the boot sequence.
  • Select USB boot from the BIOS boot menu. 
  • The boot process takes about 20 seconds. At the prompt, log in as user "admin" with password "admin".
  • A text-based menu will now appear:

  • Make sure the PC is connected to the Internet using a wired interface. You can check the link status by selecting Show interface status. You can also change IP addressing for management of the Test Agent by selecting Configure management. By default, the Test Agent uses DHCP on the first detected interface (normally called "eth0").
  • If your hardware has multiple wired interfaces and you are unsure which interface is "eth0", unplug all interfaces but one and select Show interface status to see which interface has a link detected.
  • Now select Register from the menu.

  • Under Server, leave the default (login.netrounds.com).
  • Under E-mail, enter the email address used to log in to your Netrounds account.
  • Under Probe name, specify a name for the Test Agent. You are now asked for your Netrounds password.
  • The Test Agent should now be registered, and it will also appear in the Netrounds web application. Go to app.netrounds.com and log in, then check under Test Agents in the main menu. 
  • Assign an appropriate license to the Test Agent. Click the Test Agent in the inventory list under Test Agents in the main menu, then click the License tab. See also this page.
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