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Note: Statseeker's minimum hardware requirements have changed. Please review these requirements prior to upgrading.

New & Existing customers: please contact your Regional Sales Manager prior to attempting any new installations.

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Important Notes

Note: as of version 5.3, Statseeker requires CPUs which support the SSE4.2 instruction set.

Unsupported Configurations

Statseeker does NOT support:

  • Hyper-threading (also known as logical processing or logical processors), you will need to disable this feature in the BIOS prior to commencing the installation process
    In the instance of physical (non-VM) installations, the following are NOT supported:

  • Raid 5
  • Raid 6
  • SAN Drives

Virtualized Installations

Statseeker supports virtualized installations, recommending VMware ESXi version 5 and above.

Whether installing on a VM or migrating to a VM, the VM specifications should be equivalent to those specified for a physical installation, see Version 5.x Hardware Requirements for details.

In addition:

  • The Operating System (OS) being installed will be FreeBSD, 64bit, specify this OS if prompted (if this option is not available then select Other, 64bit)
  • The RAM and CPU must be dedicated, not shared resources
  • The HDD should be thick-provisioned that is, pre-allocate the required disk-space. The dynamic allocation provided via thin-provisioning could potentially produce performance issues with most Statseeker installations and if disk space over-subscription occurs, this will impact the Statseeker server directly.
Note: if you are running Statseeker on an VM, it is strongly advised that you do not use VM snapshots as an alternative to creating Statseeker backups. For more information on this, see Backup and Restore: Virtual Machine Snapshots.

Installation HDD
  • All data on the hard disk will be deleted during a new install
  • See Version 5.x Hardware Requirements for more information on HDD requirements
  • If installing on a server with multiple drives, ensure that there is no other instance of Statseeker installed on the server
Note: avoid multiple Statseeker installations on a single server.

User Accounts

The installation process will create the following administrative system accounts:

  • admin – the web user administrator account
  • statseeker – the system user account used by the Statseeker application
  • root – the superuser account in the backend operating system

You will be prompted to provide the root user password during the installation process. This password will become the default password for both the admin and statseeker accounts. This password can be changed after the installation process via:

  • The command line ssadmin tool
  • The web interface in the Administration Tool, see Admin Tool > Statseeker Administration > OS Configuration

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Prerequisites

A Valid Server ID Number

The Server ID is used during the installation process to produce your License Key. To obtain a Server ID, either:

The Statseeker Installation CD/DVD disc/ISO

Contact your Regional Sales Manager for access to the Statseeker installation ISO image file appropriate for your license.
Once this file is downloaded, use CD/DVD writing software to open this ISO image file and burn the contents to a CD/DVD disc.

Note: This step is not required for installation to virtual machine platforms where the ISO can be mounted.

Configuration Information

You will also need to provide, or define, the following information during the install process:

  • The root user password for the server
  • A host name for the server
  • A domain name suffix for the server
  • Static IP, Netmask and Default Gateway addresses for the server
  • The IP address of your Domain Name Server
  • The SNMP read access community string to your devices (routers, switches, servers, etc.)

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CD/DVD Install Process

  • Adjust the server BIOS settings
  • Configure the BIOS time and time zone as desired
  • Set the boot sequence of the first boot device to CD/DVD disc and the secondary boot device to the hard disk
  • Connect the server to your LAN as desired
  • Place/Mount the CD/DVD disc into the drive of the server
  • Boot the server from the Statseeker Installation CD/DVD disc

The FreeBSD welcome screen will be displayed.

  • Press Enter to continue with the installation

Some basic hardware/system compatibility checks are run, and if any aspect of your system does not meet minimum requirements:

  • An error message detailing the failed check will be displayed
  • Installation will not proceed

If all system checks pass, the Statseeker Welcome screen is displayed.

  • Press Enter to continue with the installation

If you have multiple hard disks, the Installation Disk Selection screen is displayed.

  • Select the disk you want to use, select OK and press Enter
Note: This screen will only be presented if you have multiple disks configured or if you have a RAID configuration and a separate disk.

The data wipe alert is displayed; continuing with the installation will delete all data on the hard disk.

  • Press Enter to continue with the installation

The server timezone prompt is displayed.

  • If you are certain that the CMOS clock is set to UTC, then select Yes, otherwise select No
  • Select the time zone region

  • Select the time zone

  • Select Yes to confirm the time zone configuration

From Statseeker v5.3, the underlying operating system moved from FreeBSD 10.3 to FreeBSD v11. This upgrade adds a couple of optional configuration screens used to set the date and time for the server. These settings can be skipped and configured at a later time, or set now.

The Date configuration screen is presented, either Skip, or:

  • Configure the month, year, and day-of-month and select Set Date

The Time configuration screen is presented, either Skip, or:

  • Configure the time and select Set Time

A prompt will be displayed asking you to set the password for the server root account.

Note: This password will become the default password for both the admin and statseeker user accounts.


  • Enter the password and press Enter
  • Repeat this to confirm the password

The installation process will proceed to Network Configuration.

  • Select the network interface to be used to connect the Statseeker server to the LAN, select OK and press Enter

Statseeker Version 5.3.3+ Only

In v5.3.3, Statseeker introduced the option to use DHCP to configure your primary Statseeker server network interface.

For DHCP:

  • Select Yes and press Enter

  • Set the Hostname of the server, including the domain suffix (requires a fully-qualified domain name) and press Enter

For manual interface configuration:

  • Select No and press Enter

Manual Interface Configuration

  • Use the arrow keys to navigate through the dialog and set the IP Address, Subnet Mask and Default Router
  • Use the Tab key to select OK and press Enter

  • Set the Hostname of the server, including the domain suffix (requires a fully-qualified domain name) and press Enter

  • Use the arrow keys to navigate through the dialog and set the Domain and DNS configuration
  • Use the Tab key to select OK and press Enter

Statseeker will now install all required packages and reboot.

Once the server has started to reboot you may remove the CD/DVD disc from the server drive.

A login prompt will be displayed, indicating a successful install.

  • Do not log in, rather move on to the Web Installation Wizard

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Web Installation Wizard

Once Statseeker is installed you can access the web interface, to do this:

  • Enter the server IP address, which you configured for the server, in your browser URL
Statseeker Version 5.4.2+ Only

From version 5.4.2 onwards, the Statseeker web server will use HTTPS in conjunction with a self-signed certificate. Modern browsers will view self-signed certificates as potentially suspect and post an alert prior to loading the Statseeker interface for the first time. To suppress any future alerts for that specific certificate:browser combination:

  • Follow the browser prompts to acknowledge the risk and add an exception for the certificate

For details on how to upload and use alternative SSL certificates, or configure the server to use HTTP instead, see Web Server Configuration.

You will then be prompted with a login screen.

  • User Name = admin
  • Password = the root user account password as specified during installation

Once logged in to the web interface, you will be prompted with the Statseeker License configuration screen.

  • Enter your Server ID and select Download a new Key
Note: to obtain a Server ID, email: keys@statseeker.com

It may take a minute or two to obtain your license key.

  • Select the checkbox to accept the Statseeker license
  • Select Save to activate the license key

The screen will update to display the license details.

  • Click Next

You will now be presented with the Server Summary screen, containing a range of details pertinent to your Statseeker installation.

Edit Server Date/Time

To edit the server date/time settings:

  • Click the associated Edit link on the Server Summary page
  • Use the calendar control to edit the date and/or time
  • Use the drop-downs to modify the timezone for the server
  • Click Save when done

Note: adjusting the server date or time will require a server restart to apply the changes. On clicking the Save button you will be prompted to confirm your action. Clicking Yes in the confirmation modal will restart your Statseeker server.

The configuration changes will be saved and the server will be restarted to apply those changes.


Once the changes have been applied you will be returned to the Date/Time/NTP Configuration screen (in Display mode) to confirm that the changes have been applied correctly.


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Edit NTP Configuration

To edit the NTP server settings:

  • Click the associated Edit link on the Server Summary page
  • Enter the address of the NTP server to use
  • Click the associated Delete button to remove unwanted NTP server entries
  • Click Save when done

When you click Save Statseeker will attempt to contact the specified NTP servers and:

  • Inform you if it is unable to receive a response from the NTP server, no changes have been applied at this point
  • If it receives a valid response from the NTP server, apply the changes and return the Date/Time/NTP Configuration screen (in Display mode) and enable a Test button that can be used to confirm the validity of the current configuration.


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Configure an HTTP Proxy Connection

To add or edit the HTTP proxy configuration:

  • Click the Network > Edit link on the Server Summary page
  • Enter the required proxy server details
  • Click Save to apply the configuration


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Edit the Network Configuration

To edit the existing network configuration:

  • Click the Network > Edit link on the Server Summary page
  • Enter the required details
  • Click Save to apply the configuration


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Edit Interface Configuration

To edit the existing network configuration:

  • Click the associated Edit link on the Server Summary page
  • Click Edit to reconfigure the interface, optionally click Clear to remove the current configuration before editing

  • Enter the required details
  • Click Save to apply the configuration
  • Click Close to return to the Server Summary


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Run Network Discovery

Statseeker's automated network discovery process will use the supplied configuration to contact all IP addresses in the defined ranges and retrieve configuration data on the associated devices at those addresses.

Note: for more information on community strings, discovery ranges and the discovery process, see SNMP Discovery
  • Click Network Discovery

  • Click Start Discovery

  • Enter the SNMP Community Strings for the devices that you want Statseeker to discover. Multiple community strings may be specified, one per line.
  • Define the Network Discovery Ranges that you wish Statseeker to query

Once the discovery process is active and running, you will be presented with an in-product video highlighting the discovery process. There is a progress wheel in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen that will indicate when the discovery process is complete.

Note: The Discovery Process can take some time to complete, this being dependent upon factors such as the size, speed and responsiveness of the network and devices.
  • Once the discovery process has completed, click Finish Setup

A default Statseeker Dashboard will be displayed providing a high-level view of the network and presenting key performance metrics and trends as well as highlighting any potential hotspots within the network.


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