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2018-11-13
Sentinel 400
v. 43.2.1343
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1 Exporting the Virtual Machine Image

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1.1 Stopping the Virtual Machine

Steps
  1. Go to System/VM.
  2. In the Virtual Machine Configuration table, click located on the same row as the VM you wish to stop.
Result
The virtual machine stops. In the Virtual Machine Status table, Stopped will be displayed under the State column.

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1.2 Taking a Record of the Virtual Machine
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1.2 Taking a Record of the Virtual Machine

Steps
  1. Go to System /VM.
  2. Take a screen shot of the Virtual Machines page.
  3. Save the screen shot.
  4. Go to Network/Interfaces
  5. Take a screen shot of the Ethernet Link Configuration table.
  6. Save the screen shot.
Result
You will need the information on RAM size, VM name, storage size, USB, number of CPU, and Ethernet link during the Importing a Virtual Machine Image to the Unit File Management System and Configuring a Link as a Virtual Switch steps when importing the Virtual Machine image into a new unit. Furthermore, if anything goes wrong, you will have the configuration details to fall back to.

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1.3 Taking a Backup of the Virtual Machine Image
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1.3 Taking a Backup of the Virtual Machine Image

Steps
  1. Go to Management/File.
  2. In the Internal files table, click the file link located next to Disk Image of the Virtual Machine.
Result
The image file of the VM will be downloaded to your server.
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2 Importing a Virtual Machine Image to a Unit

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2.1 Information to know before Importing the Virtual Machine Image

  • Make sure you have a VM License on the new unit.
  • Make sure the new unit has enough RAM and storage capacity to accommodate the Virtual Machine. Refer to the screen shots taken earlier. This information will be required at the Adding a Virtual Machine step.
  • Refer to the screen shots taken earlier to know which links are enabled as Virtual Switches. This information will be required at the Configuring a Link as a Virtual Switch step.
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2.2 Adding a Virtual Machine

Before You Start
The VirtualSwitch parameter must be configured to enable the link you wish to use to contact the virtual machine. Refer to Configuring a Link as a Virtual Switch .

You must have a virtual machine licence and the VM service must be started.

Caution

It is a best practice to create the Virtual Machine in a test environment. If not enough memory is allocated and swap is disabled, the Virtual Machine will stop, and the installation will need to be restarted from the beginning.

Steps
  1. Go to System/VM.
  2. In the Virtual Machine Creation table, complete the Vm Name field.

    Note

    Vm names must be unique.

  3. In the Ram(Mb) field, enter the amount of RAM required to run the virtual machine.

    Caution

    To reduce the wear-and-tear of the Solid State Drive, make sure to allocate the maximum amount of RAM possible to the virtual machine.

    Note

    For instance, 87.5% of the actual available RAM, or 1.5 Gb for units with 2 Gb of RAM, 3.5 Gb with 4 Gb of RAM and for 7 Gb with 8 Gb of RAM.

  4. Complete the Storage(Gb) field.

    Note

    10 Gb is the maximum value one can allocate in a typical Sentinel equipped with a 16 Gb Solid State Drive.

  5. From the Image Format selection list, choose the format of the image.

    Note

    • Use QCOW2 for space efficiency and flexibility.
    • Use RAW for improved performance

  6. From the Nb Cores selection list, select the number of cores the virtual machine will be using.

    Important

    It is not possible to modify the settings (RAM, name, etc.) once the virtual machine has been created. The only way to change the settings, is to delete the virtual machine and to create it once again.

  7. Click .

    Note

    A maximum of 2 virtual machines can be added.

Result
The virtual machine will be displayed in both the Virtual Machine Configuration and the Virtual Machine Status tables.

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2.3 Importing a Virtual Machine Image to the Unit File Management System
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2.3 Importing a Virtual Machine Image to the Unit File Management System

Steps
  1. Go to Management/File.
  2. If you are not using HTTPS, click Activate unsecure file transfer through web browser located at the top of the page.
  3. In the Import File Through Web Browser table, from the Path selection list, select vm/images/.
  4. Browse to the location of the file containing the virtual machine image to install on the unit.
  5. Click Import.

    Note

    A factory reset will not remove the vm files from the Internal filestable.

Result
The imported image file will appear in the Internal files table, under Management/File.

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2.4 Configuring a Link as a Virtual Switch
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2.4 Configuring a Link as a Virtual Switch

Steps
  1. Go to Network/Interfaces.
  2. In the Ethernet Link Configuration table, from the Virtual Switch selection list, select Enable located on the same row as the link you wish to enable for the virtual switch.
  3. Click Apply.
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2.5 Setting the Virtual Machine to Automatic Start
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2.5 Setting the Virtual Machine to Automatic Start

Before You Start
Context

If the virtual machine you wish to start requires resources equivalent to the available resources on the unit, then it will not be possible to start another virtual machine. It is only possible to start a virtual if there are enough resources on the unit.

Steps
  1. Go to System/VM.
  2. In the Virtual Machine Configuration table, from the Startup dropdown list, select Auto.
  3. Click Apply.
Result
When the Vm Service is started, the virtual machine will also be started.
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3 Online Help

If you are not familiar with the meaning of the fields and buttons, click Show Help, located at the upper right corner of the Web page. When activated, the fields and buttons that offer online help will change to green and if you hover over them, the description will be displayed.

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4 Documentation

Mediatrix units are supplied with an exhaustive set of documentation.

Mediatrix user documentation is available on the Documentation Portal .

Several types of documents were created to clearly present the information you are looking for. Our documentation includes:

  • Release notes: Generated at each GA release, this document includes the known and solved issues of the software. It also outlines the changes and the new features the release includes.
  • Configuration notes: These documents are created to facilitate the configuration of a specific use case. They address a configuration aspect we consider that most users will need to perform. However, in some cases, a configuration note is created after receiving a question from a customer. They provide standard step-by-step procedures detailing the values of the parameters to use. They provide a means of validation and present some conceptual information. The configuration notes are specifically created to guide the user through an aspect of the configuration.
  • Technical bulletins: These documents are created to facilitate the configuration of a specific technical action, such as performing a firmware upgrade.
  • Hardware installation guide: They provide the detailed procedure on how to safely and adequately install the unit. It provides information on card installation, cable connections, and how to access for the first time the Management interface.
  • User guide: The user guide explains how to customise to your needs the configuration of the unit. Although this document is task oriented, it provides conceptual information to help the user understand the purpose and impact of each task. The User Guide will provide information such as where and how TR-069 can be configured in the Management Interface, how to set firewalls, or how to use the CLI to configure parameters that are not available in the Management Interface.
  • Reference guide: This exhaustive document has been created for advanced users. It includes a description of all the parameters used by all the services of the Mediatrix units. You will find, for example, scripts to configure a specific parameter, notification messages sent by a service, or an action description used to create Rulesets. This document includes reference information such as a dictionary, and it does not include any step-by-step procedures.

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5 Copyright Notice

Copyright © 2018 Media5 Corporation.

This document contains information that is proprietary to Media5 Corporation.

Media5 Corporation reserves all rights to this document as well as to the Intellectual Property of the document and the technology and know-how that it includes and represents.

This publication cannot be reproduced, neither in whole nor in part, in any form whatsoever, without written prior approval by Media5 Corporation.

Media5 Corporation reserves the right to revise this publication and make changes at any time and without the obligation to notify any person and/or entity of such revisions and/or changes.

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