N2WS has a browser-based management console. N2WS supports Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and IE (Version 9+).
Note: For N2WS to work, Java Script needs to be enabled on your browser.
After launching the N2WS AWS instance, use AWS Management Console or any other management tool to obtain the address of the new instance:
Note: Use the address provided to you by N2WS to connect to the N2WS Server using the HTTPS protocol in your browser (https://<server address>).
When a new N2WS Server boots for the first time, it will automatically create a self-signed SSL certificate. After initial configuration, it is possible to upload a different certificate. Since the certificate is unique to this server, it is perfectly safe to use. However, since the certificate is self-signed, you will need to approve it as an exception for the browser:
The example in Figure 2‑2 is from Firefox Quantum. After you click Advanced (1) and add an exception for this server (2), you get the first screen of the N2WS configuration application.
At the first screen you will be asked to type or paste the instance ID of this new N2WS instance. This step is required in order to verify that you are indeed the owner of this instance:
On the next screen the 5-step N2WS configuration procedure begins.
Step 1: Approve the N2WS license agreement
Review the user license terms, select the check box and click next.
Step 2: Configure the N2WS “root” account password and user information
To start a free trial, leave the License list with the default. If you purchased a license directly from N2W Software, choose one of the License options, according to the instructions you received.
Note: If anyone in your organization already installed a N2WS Free Trial in the past on the same AWS account, you may receive an error message when connecting to N2WS. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to resolve.
Note: If you are using one of the N2WS paid products on AWS Marketplace, you will not see the License field.
Additionally, you will need to enter a user name, an optional valid email address, and enter a password and verify it. If this is an upgrade, the username must remain as it was prior to the upgrade, but the password can be modified.
Note: Passwords: N2WS does not enforce password rules. However, it is recommended to use passwords that are difficult to guess and to change them regularly.
When you have completed entering the details for Step 2, click next.
Step 3: Time zone, new volume, and web proxy settings
- Select your time zone.
Choose whether to create a new data volume or use an existing one.
Step 4: Data volume, Web Server settings, and anonymous usage reports
If you chose to create a new volume in the previous step, you will see the Capacity box, or if you chose to use an existing volume, you will see a drop-down volume selection box.
Complete the Web Server settings. The default port 443 is used by the N2WS manager.
Allowing anonymous usage reports will enable N2WS to improve the product. The usage reports are sent to N2WS with no identifying details in order to maintain customer anonymity.
Click next when finished.
Step 5: Register the account with N2W Software
Registration is mandatory for free trials and optional for paid products. N2W Software recommends that all customers register, as it will enable us to provide faster support. N2W Software guarantees not to share your contact information with anyone.
If you have a Reference Code, enter it in the Ref Code box.
WARNING: Use English characters only in registration. Non-English characters (e.g. German, French) will cause the operation to fail.
Click Configure System when finished.
The registration operation takes approximately 30 seconds after which the success screen appears:
When you see the screen in Figure 2‑9, you know that the system was configured successfully. You can then click the link to start using the system. It will take a few seconds for the application to start. If, for any reason, you are not directed automatically to the application logon screen, reboot the instance from the management console:
You are now ready to log on with the credentials you created in the first screen and begin using N2WS.
Note: Logging on for the first time with a trial edition can take up to 5 minutes as N2WS must connect and get approved by our licensing service.
The “Please wait …” message should go away in a few minutes. Allow 4-5 minutes and then refresh the screen.