Create USB Installation Disk for ACOS

Robert Keith
July 9, 2018

A10 Networks ACOS operating system can be installed on bare metal servers from practically any vendor.  ACOS installations can be performed from a bootable USB disk, similar to Linux and Windows distributions. This article will describe step by step how to create a bootable ACOS installation system on a USB drive.

NOTE: These instructions describe this process from a Windows 10 PC. Other desktop operating systems work in a similar fashion.

Step 1 – Download and Install Rufus

Rufus is a common software package used to build Linux installation systems.  Rufus takes an ISO OS distribution as input and builds a complete installation environment on either a USB or a DVD drive.
Download Rufus and install this software on a Windows PC.

Step 2 – Acquire an ACOS ISO distribution from A10 Networks

Download the ISO image for ACOS from A10 Networks support.
If you do not have a login account, request one or click on the Download Trial link.

Step 3 – Insert a USB drive into the Windows machine

ACOS can be installed on USB drives as small as 4GB.

Step 4 – Start the Rufus application.

The Rufus application will appear.

Rufus application start

Step 5 – Select the ACOS ISO file

Click on the Disk/DVD ICON button.

Rufus application select
And browse to the ACOS Baremetal ISO distribution.

Rufus application select

Step 6 – Create the bootable USB drive

Rufus should show both the USB drive inserted and the ACOS ISO installation.
Press the Start button to create the installation USB disk.

Rufus application end

Step 7 – Install ACOS on your bare metal server

Insert the ACOS installation USB in a hardware server and boot from the USB drive.   ACOS will boot and start the installation process.

Robert Keith
July 9, 2018

About Robert Keith

Robert has 30 years of experience in IT technology development and infrastructure management. He was the founder of several infrastructure ventures including Intellivence, MaxSP, Sentrik and most recently was the CTO of Iron Networks. As CTO of Iron Networks in San Jose, CA, he worked directly with many companies in the Silicon Valley to design and architect network, security, and cloud solutions. He worked directly with Microsoft engineering in the design of their cloud architectures including storage, Hyper-V, Systems Center and Virtual Networking. He also worked directly with Hortonworks to design a Hadoop deployment and management system using CentOS and many layered software packages. READ MORE

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