USB Build Stick Instructions for ISO for RSA NetWitness Platform 11.x

Document created by RSA Information Design and Development Employee on Apr 15, 2019Last modified by RSA Product Team on Sep 26, 2019
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Create Host Build Stick

These instructions tell you how to apply a NetWitness Platform software image (ISO file) to a thumb drive so you can image an RSA NetWitness Platform host with the NetWitness Platform software image.

IMPORTANT: You no longer need to label the flash drive when imaging RSA NetWitness Platform and later ISO files to the flash drive (USB medium). The ISO requires an imaging tool [for example, ETCHER (] to write to a flash drive. For the 11.0 - 11.2 ISO files, you were required to format and label the flash drive. UNetbootin does not work with and later ISOs.

Resources Required

You need the following tools to complete these instructions.

  • Automated tool to create a build stick [for example ETCHER (].
  • Automated tool to reinstate the Windows file system on USB Device after you create the build stick [For example, Minitool Partition Wizard (].
  • NetWitness Platform USB ISO file.
  • USB drive with capacity sufficient enough to accommodate the NetWitness Platform ISO file.

Note: Make sure that you have all of the resources listed above before starting the process.

Build Stick Installation Media

Installation media is in the form of ISO files, which are available for download from Download Central ( As part of your order fulfillment, RSA gives you access to the ISO files that pertain to each customer order.

NetWitness Platform ISO Files

The rsa-<release number>.<build-number>.<OS number>-usb.iso is the file naming convention for ISO files. When installing software on your NetWitness Platform host, make sure you are using the correct release. This document uses rsa-11.x.x.x.<build-number>.el7-usb.iso as an example of an ISO file.

Contact Customer Care at for assistance.

Create a NetWitness Platform USB Build Stick

Note: You must use a USB drive with capacity sufficient enough to accommodate the NetWitness Platform ISO file.

These instructions tell you how to create a USB "build-stick" to load the operating system and NetWitness Platform software onto your NetWitness Platform host.

Caution: All existing data on the USB drive will be destroyed.

  1. Download a automated tool to create the build stick onto your windows PC install it.
    You need a tool that etches an Linux file system on the USB drive to burn the NetWitness Platform ISO image on the USB drive. The ISO is unreadable in a Windows files system. Etcher is an example of a tool that will etch an Linux file system on the USB drive and Etcher is used as an example in this procedure. Etcher is available at:

  2. Download the NetWitness Platform USB ISO image.

  3. Insert the USB drive that you will use as the build stick.
  4. Start the automated tool.
    A prompt similar to the following is displayed.
  5. Click Select Image.
    A File explorer with the available OS images similar to the following Explorer displayed.
  6. Select the appropriate ISO from the File explorer and click Open.
    The following options are displayed.
  7. Click Flash!.
    The completion progress of creating the flash drive is displayed as shown in the following example.

  8. Type yes in response to any other prompts until the process completes .
    When the process is complete, the following information is displayed.
  9. Close Etcher.
  10. Go to My Computer, right click USB and click Safely Remove or Eject.

  11. After the USB drive is ejected, unplug the USB device.
    The bootable USB is now ready.

Reinstate Windows File System on USB Device after Creating Build Stick with Etcher

After you use Etcher to create a USB stick bootable on a host running CentOS, it becomes unusable by default on a Windows. If want to put a new ISO on this USB drive, use Etcher again to copy over the old ISO.

However, if you want to use the USB drive for other general storage purposes, you need to follow the following procedure to make it readable in Windows.

  1. Download and install the Minitool Partition Wizard (
  2. Make sure that the USB device is inserted in the correct drive.
  3. Run the MiniTool Wizard.
    Your hard drive (for example, Disk 1) and the USB device drive (for example, Disk 2) are displayed.
  4. Select the USB Device drive (for example, Disk 2).
  5. Right click the USB Device drive (for example, Disk 2) displayed in the Partition detail table.
    The disk partitioning commands are displayed.
  6. Click Wipe Partition in the left panel.
  7. Click Apply in the toolbar.
  8. Right click on the same disk (for example, Disk 2) and click Create.

    The Create New Partition dialog is displayed.
  9. Complete the dialog with the USB Drive information you want and click OK.
  10. Click Apply in the toolbar.
    Your USB Drive is displayed in Windows File ERxplorer after the process completes.


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