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The System Customization screen allows configuration of all the core components of the network (VMware vSphere platforms only).
The screen has the following options. 


Use the Up/Down arrows on the Keyboard to navigate between the options.

Configuring the Password


  1. On the System Configuration Console, navigate to Configure Password option. Press Enter.
  2. The Configure Root and SoftNAS Password screen will be displayed.
    Setting the password for the "root" and "softnas" login name will prevent unauthorized access to this host. 



  3. Enter the old password in the Old Password field. 

  4. Enter the new password in the New Password field.

  5. Confirm the password by re-entering it in the Confirm Password field.

  6. Press Enter.

The password will be reset.


Configuring the Management Network


  1. On the System Configuration Console, navigate to Configure Management Network option.  Press Enter.
    The Configure Network Management screen will be displayed. 



  2. From here, configure the following options:

    • Network Adapters
    • IP Configuration
    • DNS Configuration
    • Custom DNS Suffixes
    Note: To view or modify this host's management network settings in detail, select the required option and press the Enter key on the keyboard. Configure the selected adapter's IP Address and DNS settings. 
  3. On the Network Adapters option, press the Enter key on the keyboard.
    The network adapter screen will be displayed with the available interfaces. 



  4. Check the Mac Address and Status of the device. 
  5. Press Esc key on the keyboard.
    The Configure Network Management screen will be displayed. 



  6. Navigate to the IP Configuration option.

  7. Press Enter.
    The IP Configuration dialog will be displayed. 



  8. Select the network adapter for configuration.

  9. Press Enter key on the keyboard.
    The configuration options for the selected adapter will be displayed. 


    This adapter can obtain network settings automatically on a network including a DHCP server. If it does not, configure the right options.

  10. Scroll down to static IP address and network configuration. 

  11. To select it, press the Space bar key on the keyboard.

  12. Set the static IP address.

  13. Configure the subnet mask address.

  14. Enter the default gateway.  Press Enter key on the keyboard.

  15. Back on the Configure Management Network screen, select the DNS Configuration option. Press Enter



    This host can only obtain DNS settings automatically if it also obtains its IP configuration automatically.

  16. Configure the required settings. 



    Back on the Configure Management Network screen, select the Custom DNS Suffixes.

  17. Press Enter.


    When using short, unqualified names, DNS queries will attempt to locate the specified host by appending the suffixes listed here in the order shown until a match is found or the list is exhausted.
    If no suffixes are specified here, a default suffix list is derived from the local domain name. 



    DNS queries will attempt to locate hosts by appending the suffixes specified here to short, unqualified names.

  18. Enter the proper suffix in the Suffixes field. Use spaces or commas to separate multiple entries.  Press Enter.


Restarting the Management Network


On the System Configuration screen, select the Restart Management Network option. Press Enter.


Restarting the management network interface may be required to restore networking or to renew a DHCP lease.

Note: Restarting the management network will result in a brief network outage that may temporarely affect running virtual machines.


Testing the Management Network

  1. On the System Configuration screen, select the Test Management Network option.
     
  2. To perform a brief network test, press the Enter key on the keyboard.



  3. By default, this test will attempt to ping the configured default gateway, ping the configured primary and alternate DNS servers, and resolve the configured hostname.


Configuring the Network Restoring Options

  1. On the System Configuration screen, select the Network Restore Options.
     
  2. To restore network options to the default mode (DHCP), press the Enter key on the keyboard. 



  3. The default network options will be restored.


Configuring the Date and Time

  1.  On the System Configuration screen, select the Configure Date and Time option.

  2. To restore network options to the default mode (DHCP), press the Enter key on the keyboard.
    The Configure Date and Time screen will be displayed. 



  3. To set date and time, select the Date and Time option. Press Enter.

    The Change Date and Time dialog will be displayed. 



  4. Enter the correct date in the Date field.

  5. Enter the time in hours, minutes and seconds in the field.  Press Enter.
  6. Back on the Configure Date and Time screen, select the Timezone option to set the required time zone. Press Enter.


    The Select Timezone screen will be displayed.
     


  7. Move the up or down arrow to select the required time zone. Press Enter.
    The selected time zone will be set.

  8. Back on the Configure Date and Time screen, select the Network Time Protocol option. Press Enter.



  9. The Set Network Time Protocol (NTP) Server screen will be displayed. 



  10. Enter the NTP server address in the Server Address field. Press Enter.

The NTP server time will be synchronized.