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 126.96.36.199 and later ISO files to the flash drive (USB medium). The 188.8.131.52 ISO requires an imaging tool [for example, ETCHER (https://etcher.io)] 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 184.108.40.206 and later ISOs.
You need the following tools to complete these instructions.
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 (https://download.rsasecurity.com). 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.
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.
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: https://etcher.io.
Download the NetWitness Platform USB ISO image.
Insert the USB drive that you will use as the build stick.
Start the automated tool. A prompt similar to the following is displayed.
Click Select Image. A File explorer with the available OS images similar to the following Explorer displayed.
Select the appropriate ISO from the File explorer and click Open. The following options are displayed.
Click Flash!. The completion progress of creating the flash drive is displayed as shown in the following example.
Type yes in response to any other prompts until the process completes . When the process is complete, the following information is displayed.
Go to My Computer, right click USB and click Safely Remove or Eject.
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.