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Preparing a FastStart USB Installation

Although Eucalyptus FastStart is distributed as an ISO disc image, you can install FastStart from a USB drive instead. To do this, you will need to transfer the FastStart ISO image to a bootable USB drive using an ISO to USB conversion utility (in this example, we'll use UNetbootin), and then copy the FastStart ISO image to the root directory of the USB device.

To prepare a Eucalyptus FastStart USB drive installation:

  1. Get the latest version of the FastStart ISO image from http://www.eucalyptus.com/download/faststart.
  2. Make sure you have a USB drive with at least 2GB of free space plugged into your computer.
  3. Download UNetbootin for your platform (Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows) from http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/.
  4. Run UNetbootin.
  5. From the UNetbootin dialog box, select the Diskimage option.
  6. Make sure ISO is selected in the Diskimage drop-down list box.
  7. Either enter the path and filename to the FastStart ISO file into the text field, or click the ... button to the right of the text field and select the FastStart ISO file that you just downloaded.
  8. Leave the Space used to preserve files across reboots (Ubuntu only) text field at the default value of 0.
  9. The Type drop-down list box should be set to USB Drive (this is the default).
  10. Note
    Note
    This utility will delete the contents of the selected drive.
    Make sure that the appropriate drive is selected in the Drive drop-down list box.
  11. Click the OK button to begin creating the bootable USB drive.
  12. Note
    Note
    It is not necessary to reboot after UNetbootin has finished preparing the USB device.
    When Unetbootin has finished preparing the USB device, click the Exit button to exit UNetbootin.
  13. Once UNetbootin has finished, copy the FastStart ISO image to the root directory of the USB drive.

You've successfully created a USB installation drive for Eucalyptus FastStart. You can now boot the system that you'll be installing FastStart on using this USB drive and follow the FastStart installation instructions contained in this guide.