Installation Manual

Installation Manual (for Version 14.9 / 14.10x)


Choose your installation flavor:

Starting with Interactive Cloud OS Version 14.10, we support two installation flavors:

  1. Simple Installation: Supports pre-defined IP addresses and has DHCP and DNS server included for easy access of the Web Management Dashboard and Console of individual instances / VMs. This installation is best for fast testing or learning environments.


  1. Expert Installation: Ready for productive environments. Administrator can insert valid or test IP addresses for Management and VMs. No DNS or DHCP Server included – have to be installed separately. This installation may be used to set up a world-reachable server (e.g. experienced users).


Download the ISO-File and create Installation media

To start your installation, download the ISO File from the Download page. Use a ISO Burner (i.e. Image Burner) to burn the file to a CD/DVD.

Example for ISO Burn

Example: Use Image Burn to burn ISO file to CD / DVD

Boot of Interactive Cloud OS

Enter your CD / DVD / USB-Stick in your server and boot from (it may be necessary to change the boot volume or boot order in your system’s BIOS menue). After booting, you will see the following welcome screen:

Cloud OS Boot Screen










Use the Arrow-Down cursor key to select “Install Interactive Cloud OS on your harddisk” and press the ENTER key. After a while (ca. 1-2 minutes), you’ll see the first system messages. The system determines the system environment and does the preparation in this step.

Installation start

The start page shows license and contributor information. You can use the Page-Down Key to see all details. Start your installation by pressing the ENTER key.


Installation start screen









Choose the Installation volume

The Interactive Cloud OS will use all disk space as one big partition to be flexible and get most space for your virtualization needs.


Choose an installation volume









 Accept to erase your disk volumes

Be aware: All data on your volume will be erased. If you want to stop, select “No” or power off your system.


Confirm installation









Set your system password

The system password will be used to access to your system from the console (direct login at the monitor) and via SSH (secure shell). The secure shell port is defaulting to port TCP 22. The password has to be repeated (not shown).


Set the system password for Console and SSH access











Select network interface (for management)

Select your interface for the management access. The management access will be used to manage the system (e.g. SSH access for Administrators) and will be used to access the Web GUI (Graphical User Interface) management of OpenStack (Dashboard). If you use a public IP address here, your system will be world-reachable and customers can do self-provisioning.

The interface names might look a little bit tricky, but actually they’re not! The first network interface in your list should be the LAN1 of your server’s network ports, the second one in the list would be LAN2 and so forth.


Select Management Network Interface









Enter the Management IP address and hostname etc.

Enter the management IP address for SSH and Web GUI (OpenStack) access. For private clouds, you would like to choose a hidden, private network (in our example If you want allow your customers to access the Dashboard, you can use a public IP address space, though. Choose your gateway, hostname and DNS server in this menue as well. Always obey, that we are using CIDR notation (network address / network bits), as in this example


Configure Network and DNS IP address









Choose the Network Interface for Virtual Machines (VMs)

We call this virtual network configuration, since this sets-up the network for the virtual machines. This is normally a public routed, non hidden IP address pool.


Select Network Interface for Public Network






 Define Virtual IP Pool

The virtual IP pool is used for your virtual machines (VM) you want to be public available, so normally an external network with routed IP addresses. Our network ( is just a example, since this IP addresses are private ip address space. Change this with the IP addresses issued by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

In this example, we use the /24 of as the network, the gateway (the external router has .1). And we do some pool adjustments: The first IP address which can be delivered for VMs is and has a range to .254.


Define the Public IP Pool for your VMs









Final Installation procedure

We have put a second final warning in the installation procedure. Just proceed, if you are not afraid of loosing data on your hard disk. All data on the volume will be overwritten!

If you want to install, proceed.


Confirm the installation









Successfull installation

After a while, you should be able to see the following screen. When you see a login prompt (at the lower left side of the screen), you are able to login to the console (use the username “root” with your management password you set above).


Installation is done


 Where to go from here?

The installation is now finished. There is no need to reboot the system, since the installation procedure has restarted all services and system is up and running.

So, either connect to the server’s console directly, to see all the linux ingredients (more a Pro thing) or point your Web browser to the server name.

In this example we would enter in the URL field of your browser.

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