FlexDeploy Getting Started Guide

The following sections describe how to get started using FlexDeploy:

Assessment Creation
Getting the Appliance
Accessing the FlexDeploy
Initial Configuration
RN150 Configuration


The requirements for the RN150 will remain the same as with our standard SaaS based deployment option. Please refer to the Deployment Requirements for the most current requirements for RN150 deployment and support.

The requirements for the FlexDeploy option are in addition to the RN150 requirements. Please refer to FlexDeploy for the most current requirements for FDP deployment and support.

Assessment Creation

To create an assessment, perform the following steps.

To create an assessment:

1. Log in to portal.riscnetworks.com.
2. Create the assessment as normal

Once the RN150 configuration has been completed, the assessment will transition onto your FlexDeploy interface and will only be viewable there.

Getting the Appliance

To get the appliance, perform the following steps.

To get the appliance:

1. Navigate to the Appliance Status page in the portal to access the download link and bootstrap code for the FlexDeploy virtual appliance.

The Pod Key will be entered into the FlexDeploy during the deployment process.

2. Download the FlexDeploy virtual appliance.

This downloads as a ZIP file containing the appliance OVF template files This is the same process as the RN150 appliance.

3. Deploy the FlexDeploy into your VMware vSphere environment.

Follow VMware documented procedures for Deploying OVF Templates. This is the same process as the RN150 appliance.

The OVF that the appliance is deployed with will automatically configure the virtual machine instance with the recommended hardware configuration.

4. Power on the FlexDeploy appliance.

Accessing the FlexDeploy

The FlexDeploy appliance has two user interfaces:

Initial configuration interface—The initial configuration interface is accessible via the VMware console, or by browsing to the virtual appliance IP address over HTTP on TCP port 8000. Once the initial configuration steps are complete, you will not need to revisit the configuration interface.
Standard interface—The standard interface is accessible by browsing to the appliance IP address using HTTP on TCP port 80, or using HTTPS on standard TCP port 443. This will be the same interface you are familiar with on portal.riscnetworks.com. You will be able to access your assessment and reports as normal from this interface. If you browse to this interface prior to performing the initial configuration steps, you will receive a page with a link to redirect you to the initial configuration interface.

Initial Configuration

To perform initial configuration of FlexDeploy, perform the following steps.

To perform initial configuration:

1. Configure the network interface.

The FlexDeploy appliance will automatically attempt DHCP. If no DHCP lease is received, you will be automatically redirected to the network configuration page:

a. Enter a static IP configuration, or troubleshoot DHCP and reattempt.
b. Enter proxy configuration settings (if applicable).

If a DHCP lease is received, you will be presented with the login page. You can apply a static configuration later if desired.

2. Read and accept the EULA, log in
3. Enter the Pod Key. The FlexDeploy appliance will now bootstrap itself, which may take several minutes
4. Configure the network interface if desired

Note:If a DHCP lease was received previously and you would like to transition to a static address, you will now be able to enter the Interfaces section to set the static IP configuration and proxy settings (if applicable)

5. You have now completed the initial configuration. You can now view the main portal interface by browsing to the FlexDeploy appliance IP address via HTTP or HTTPS.

RN150 Configuration

To perform RN150 configuration, perform the following steps.

To perform RN150 configuration:

1. Download the RN150 virtual appliance and obtain the bootstrap code from the Appliance Status page in the portal
2. Deploy as normal
3. Read and accept the EULA, log in.
4. Enter the Assessment Code.
5. Select to use FlexDeploy. You will be prompted as to whether to deploy on FlexDeploy. Select Yes.
6. Enter the FlexDeploy appliance IP address. This will associate your RN150 and your assessment to the FlexDeploy appliance.

The assessment will now transition onto your FlexDeploy appliance, and will only be viewable from the FlexDeploy interface.

7. Continue RN150 configuration as normal.
8. Start your assessment.