Installation
Getting your appliance installed is the first step to greater visibility of your network. This topic covers installing your appliance in the cabinet and connecting it to your network.
Caution: Do not attempt in-cabinet repairs of your appliance. The appliance is very heavy! Always use a server lift or work with a partner to install or remove the appliance from the cabinet to perform any maintenance.
1. Take the appliance and all other components out of the packing materials.
2. Attach the official rail kits to your server rack or cabinet.
3. Install the head unit into your server rack or cabinet.
5. Using an Ethernet cable, connect the ETH0 port to the network.
Connecting the ETH0 port allows you to use Windows Remote Desktop or other tools to control or configure Windows or Windows applications, such as Observer.
6. (Optional) Connect an Ethernet cable from your router or switch to the Lights Out Management (LOM) or Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) port.
A LOM or IPMI port provides you a dedicated management channel for device maintenance. It allows you to monitor, start, stop, and manage your appliance remotely regardless of whether the appliance is powered on.
7. Install SFP transceivers1 into the open slots on the back of the capture card(s).
8. If you are connecting to SPAN/mirror ports of a network switch: connect a straight-through Ethernet cable from the SPAN/mirror ports on your switch to the SFP transceivers on the capture card.
9. If you are connecting to a network TAP (sold separately):
 
Figure 5: Connecting the TAP to the network device, switch, and analyzer
 
a. Connect the TX port from your server, firewall, router, or switch to the Link A port on the TAP.
b. Connect the TX port from your other switch to the Link B port on the TAP.
c. Use two analyzer cables to connect the analyzer port on the TAP to the SFP transceivers in the capture card.
d. If you have more than one TAP to connect, repeat the process for each TAP.
10. Connect a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to the hardware appliance.
You can use a KVM switch if desired. (The KVM must be compatible with the operating system used on the appliance.) The user input devices or KVM switch are only temporarily needed to set the IP address, so you can disconnect them after the IP address is set.
11. Turn on the head unit.
After plugging in the power cords, wait until the blue Information LED starts to blink. Press the power button once. The power button is located on the front of the appliance. The control board initiates the power up sequence in three seconds. The entire process may take a couple of minutes.
12. In Windows, change the IP address for the ETH0 port (shown as ETH0 in Network Connections in Windows) using information supplied to you by your network administrator.
The default IP address (192.168.1.10) is printed on a sticker attached to the top of the appliance.
13. Ensure the time zone settings match your environment.
14. Double-click the Observer icon on the Desktop to start Observer.
 
 
 
Your hardware appliance is installed and on your network.
Next, give the ETH0 IP address and IPMI port address, if using, to the Observer administrator. They need the addresses to add this Metadate Probe to Observer to capture network traffic with a probe instance.
 

1 SFP, SFP+, QSFP+, and QSFP28 transceivers are sold separately.