3. Setup Guide

3.1. Create a new ESX VM and Mount the ISO

Create a new VM with your virtualization software. In this case, we will use VMWare ESX managed through a VMWare VCenter.

The new VM must be configured with a Linux base system and Debian GNU/Linux 10 (64 bits) as target version. It is recommended to upload the ASGARD or MASTER ASGARD ISO to an accessible data store and mount the same to your newly created VM.

New Virtual Machine - ESX
New Virtual Machine - ESX
New Virtual Machine - ESX
New Virtual Machine - ESX

Please make sure to select a suitable v-switch or physical interface that reflects the IP address scheme you are planning to use for the new ASGARD. Only use one Hard Disk for the installation.

3.3. Network Configuration

Configure the network
Configure the network
Configure the network
Configure the network


ASGARD needs to be able to resolve internal and external IP addresses.

Configure the network
Configure the network


Important: Make sure that the combination of hostname and domain creates an FQDN that can be resolved from the endpoints on which you intend to install the ASGARD agents. If you've configured a FQDN (hostname + domain) that cannot be resolved on the clients, no agent will be able to find and reconnect to the ASGARD server.

This is especially important since your Management Center will create some certificates during the installation, which will not contain an IP Address as its Subject Alternative Name (SAN), but only the FQDN! You will not be able to connect your ASGARD Management Center with your Analysis Cockpit via IP Address.

Configure the network

3.4. Choosing a password

Set up users and passwords

Choosing a password for the nextron user

3.5. Partitioning the Hard Disk


ASGARD is intended to be installed with only one disk. Do not configure your server with multiple disks. The system won't configure additional disks. Make sure that your disk has the recommended size. See Hardware Requirements for more information.

Partition disks

Finally, write your configuration to the disk by selecting "Yes" and clicking "Continue".

Partition disks

3.6. Proxy Configuration

If you are using a proxy to access the internet, enter the proxy details in the next step. Please note, Internet connectivity is required for the next step – the installation of the ASGARD service.

Finish the installation

The base installation is now complete. In the next step we will install the ASGARD service. For this step Internet connectivity is required.

3.7. Install the ASGARD Management Center Services

Use SSH to connect to the appliance using the user nextron and the password you specified during the installation (if you were using an old ISO to install the base system, the password is nextron). Now you can run the following command:

sudo nextronInstaller -asgard (caution: upper case “i" in the middle). This will install ASGARD.

running the nextronInstaller

After installation is complete type sudo systemctl status asgard2.

The output should look like the screenshot below with status Active.

systemctl status asgard2

Installation is complete, you are ready to log into the web-based GUI.

3.7.1. Changing Proxy Configuration

If you have to change your proxy configuration before you run the nextronInstaller script, you can do so with the following command:

nextron@asgard:~$ sudoedit /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/proxy

The format of the proxy in this configuration file is as follows:

Acquire::http::Proxy "http://<user>:<password>@<proxyfqdn>:<port>";
Acquire::https::Proxy "http://<user>:<password>@<proxyfqdn>:<port>";


Acquire::http::Proxy "http://proxyuser:mySecurePassword123@proxy.internal.domain:8080";
Acquire::https::Proxy "http://proxyuser:mySecurePassword123@proxy.internal.domain:8080";

3.8. Changing the IP-Address

ASGARD's IP-Address can be changed in /etc/network/interfaces. The IP is configured with the address variable.

nextron@asgard:~$ sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces
auto ens32
iface ens32 inet static

Important: There might be a case where the name of the network adaptor (in this example: ens32) can vary.

The new IP can be applied with the command sudo systemctl restart networking

3.8.1. Verifying DNS Settings

To verify if ASGARD is using the correct DNS Server, you can inspect the file /etc/resolv.conf:

nextron@asgard:~$ cat /etc/resolv.conf
search example.org

If you see errors in this configuration, you can change it with the following command:

nextron@asgard:~$ sudoedit /etc/resolv.conf

3.9. First steps in the VM

3.9.1. Change the Command Line Password

Login to ASGARD and type passwd in order to change the password for the default user nextron. The default password is nextron.


This step is not necessary if you used the new installer ISO, since the password will be already set during installation (see Choosing a password)

3.9.2. Change the Web Password

Login to the ASGARD Web interface with user admin and password admin.

The admin user has limited/restricted access to some sections to ensure the correct audit of certain actions. In order to access restricted functions which require an audit please create an user with the corresponding rights under Settings > Users.

Login Screen

Login Screen

Click on User Settings and update your password.

Changing the Password

Changing the Password