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Basic Installation

In this document we describe how to perform a basic installation of the HSMX operating system from ISO. Hardware appliances come with HSMX pre-installed, skip to Post-install to directly start with the basic configuration.


  • Download the ISO file
  • Burn the ISO on CD
  • Boot CD

The HSMX installation ISOs can be downloaded from the fdXtended website. HSMX 5.0 (64 bit) can be found here. Contact support to receive a 32-bit copy for legacy hardware.

Microsoft Windows Vista and onwards provide a simple tool to burn ISO files. Other operating systems are shipped with their own utilities and a discussion would be beyond the scope of this document. Once the image is burned onto CD/DVD, insert it in your server and make sure it boots from CD. Booting from CD first is default behaviour on modern hardware, otherwise contact your system manufacturer.


Make the server boot from CD and wait for the installer to fully load. If the system doesn't boot from the CD, enter the BIOS and set the cd drive as the primary boot device. Some systems have a BIOS password set to “hsmc” (in AZERTY keyboard layout).

The first step is to select the appropriate keyboard for the system.

We recommend using a simple disk configuration;use defaults.

The system is now installing.

To finalize the installation the machine has to reboot.

Once the console login comes on screen the device should be accessible over the network.


The first step in post-install is allowing the administrator to access the HSMX web-management interface. Once the administrator can reach the interface we continue with basic configuration of the system hostname, DNS, NTP and conclude with licensing.

Accessing the HSMX management web-interface

  • physically login using console access
  • use the HSMX management web-interface


The console interface enables you to do the basic network configuration in order to get the network connectivity up and running and continue the HSMX configuration over the management web interface.

You can connect a keyboard and screen to your server. By default the system is configured for AZERTY (latin1-be), optionally reconfigure this to better match your preferences. Login in with the admin / admin credentials. Using the shell you can perform small diagnoses, reset administrative passwords, configure and verify basic network settings. For a more detailed description: console.

After having logged in, configure the WAN or LAN IP address to continue the installation using the HSMX management web-interface. Type configuration, hit enter and then type ip and confirm with enter again. This will start a small wizard to configure you WAN IP address. After the wizard is done you can exit the console login by typing back (enter) and then logout (enter).

HSMX management web-interface

The majority of HSMX configuration is made from within the management web-interface. There are three methods to access a newly deployed HSMX server, all lead to the same web-interface using the same administrative credentials: admin/admin.


  • DHCP: Connect your client device to the WAN port. The system is configured to fetch a DHCP lease on the WAN interface. Use the DHCP lease log from your WAN DHCP server to retrieve the configured IP. You can use that IP address to reach the web-interface (http://<ip-given-by-dhcp-server-on-wan>/).
  • Static IP: The WAN interface also has a static IP address configured in case DHCP fails. You need to configure your client with a static IP address: with subnet You can now access the HSMX management web-interface athttp://


  • DHCP: Connect your computer to the LAN port. HSMX is configured by default to offer an IP lease from the range. You can now connect to the HSMX management web interface via or login over SSH to get access the console.

Administrator password

We strongly recommend changing the administrative password. To achieve this we refer to change-admin-password.


In order to reduce confusion, it is very recommended to configure a system hostname. configure-hostname explains the required steps.


Please follow configure-and-verify-dns to setup your domain name resolvers.


In configure-and-verify-ntp is explained how to set up time servers to automaticly synchronize your system to internet distributed time services.


It's a good idea to check the current licensing details before putting the machine in action. Head to configure-and-verify-licensing to make sure the system will perform without licensing hick-ups.

Final words

You should now be able to reach the HSMX management web-interface and proceed with the actual configuration work.

Recommended reading

recipe/basic-installation.txt · Last modified: 2021/06/03 14:40 (external edit)