Quick Guide: VyOS Installation and Setup

Created by Joe Nguyen, Modified on Tue, 12 Mar 2024 at 06:21 AM by Srividya Anantapatnaikuni

Here is a step-by-step guide to installing and settings up VyOS.

Step 1: Download the VyOS ISO

Go to the VyOS download page to get the latest version of the VyOS ISO image. Make sure you choose the appropriate version for your hardware and download the ISO image. The minimum system requirements are 1024 MiB RAM and 2 GiB storage.

Step 2: Create a bootable USB drive

You can use tools like Rufus, Etcher , and other tools to create a bootable USB drive. Insert the bootable media into the computer or server where you want to install VYOS. 

Step 3: Boot the server from the bootable USB drive

You'll need to restart the device and boot from the bootable media you created in the previous step. This will start the VyOS installation process.

Step 4: Install VyOS

Login using default credentials vyos/vyos. Run the install image command from operational mode and follow the wizard. The installation process will guide through partitioning the hard drive, setting up the network interfaces, and configuring the root password. After the installation is completed, remove the live USB stick or CD, reboot the system.

Step 5: Configure VyOS

Once the installation is completed, you can log in to the VyOS command line interface (CLI) using the root account and the password you set during the installation.  You can configure the network interfaces, set up firewall rules, and configure any other features by using the "Configure" command. 

Step 6: Save the configuration

Make sure you save the configuration by using the "Commit" command. This will ensure that the changes you made are saved. 

Step 7: Test your configuration

To verify that your configuration works as intended by testing your network connectivity and any other features you have configured. If everything is working, you can give yourself a pat on the back! If needed, you can check our VyOS documentation.

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