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Installing Kerio Control

Product editions

Software Appliance

Kerio Control Software Appliance is a package of Kerio Control and a special Linux-based operating system. Install the appliance on a PC without an operating system.

Virtual Appliance

Kerio Control Virtual Appliance is the software appliance edition pre-installed on a virtual host for the particular hypervisor. Virtual appliances for VMware and Hyper-V are available.

Kerio Control Box

Kerio Control Box is a hardware device with Kerio Control Software Appliance pre-installed. Two models are available. For more details, refer to the Setting up Kerio Control Box article.

Installing Software Appliance edition

Install this edition on a PC without operating system.

Watch the Installing the Software Appliance edition video.

Any existing OS and files on the target hard disk will be erased!

For hardware requirements, read Technical Specifications.

  1. Download the ISO image from the Download page.

  2. Select one of these actions:

  3. Boot from the appropriate drive. The installation runs automatically.

    Kerio Control checks all interfaces for a DHCP server in the network and the DHCP server provides a default route after the installation:

    • Internet interfaces — All interfaces where Kerio Control detects the DHCP server and the default route in the network. If there is more than one Internet interface with a default route, Kerio Control arranges the Internet interfaces in the load balancing mode.

    • LAN interfaces — All interfaces without any detected DHCP server. Kerio Control runs its own DHCP server through all LAN interfaces configured to 10.10.X.Y where X is the index of the LAN interface (starting with 10). Y is 1 for the Control interface and 11-254 for DHCP assigned hosts.

    To change the automatic pre-configuration, go to Kerio Control Administration to section Interfaces. For more information, read Configuring network interfaces.

  4. Follow the instructions on the computer's console to perform the basic configuration.

  5. To perform the initial setup, open the following address in your web browser:

    https://kerio_control_ip_address:4081/admin

    for example

    https://10.10.10.1:4081/admin

    which is the IP address where Kerio Control is accessible from your LAN.

  6. Follow the Activation Wizard.

After finishing the wizard, Kerio Control displays the login page.

Installing VMware Virtual Appliance

For hardware requirements and supported VMware products, read Technical Specifications.

For VMware Server, Workstation, Player and Fusion:

  1. Download the zipped VMX package from the Download page and unpack.

  2. Open the .vmx file in your VMware hypervisor.

For VMware ESX and ESXi:

  1. Copy the .ovf file location from the Download page.

  2. Paste the OVF file location into the import dialog in your VMware hypervisor.

    After the import, it is recommended to check the shutdown and restart actions settings for the imported virtual machine. To avoid loss of data in the virtual appliance, use "soft power operations" (Shutdown Guest and Restart Guest).

Complete the installation:

  1. Kerio Control checks all interfaces for a DHCP server in the network and the DHCP server provides a default route after the installation:

    • Internet interfaces — All interfaces where Kerio Control detects the DHCP server and the default route in the network. If there is more than one Internet interface with a default route, Kerio Control arranges the Internet interfaces in the load balancing mode.

    • LAN interfaces — All interfaces without any detected DHCP server. Kerio Control runs its own DHCP server through all LAN interfaces configured to 10.10.X.Y where X is the index of the LAN interface (starting with 10). Y is 1 for the Control interface and 11-254 for DHCP assigned hosts.

    To change the automatic pre-configuration, go to Kerio Control Administration to section Interfaces. For more information, read Configuring network interfaces.

  2. To perform the initial setup, open the following address in your web browser:

    https://kerio_control_ip_address:4081/admin

    for example

    https://10.10.10.1:4081/admin

    which is the IP address where Kerio Control is accessible from your LAN.

  3. Follow the Activation Wizard.

    For more details, read the Configuring the Activation Wizard article.

After finishing the wizard, Kerio Control displays the login page.

Installing virtual appliance for Hyper-V

For hardware requirements and supported Hyper-V hypervisors, read Technical Specifications.

Kerio Control Virtual Appliance for Hyper-V is distributed as a virtual hard disk.

  1. Download the Hyper-V package from the Download page.

    After importing the appliance into Hyper-V, the location cannot be changed.

  2. Go to the Server Manager control panel to add the Hyper-V role (Roles → Add Roles).

  3. Go to the Hyper-V Manager control panel and select the local Hyper-V server.

  4. Run the new virtual machine wizard (New → Virtual machine).

    If your version of Widnows offer you to create a type of machine, create a Generation 1 machine. Kerio Control does not support Generation 2.

  5. As the virtual machine location, select the directory with the unpacked virtual harddisk. Assign RAM and virtual network adapters (read Technical Specifications).

    If you do not use the wizard or if you add the virtual hardware to existing machine, select Network adapter.

  6. Select Use existing virtual harddisk. Browse for the virtual harddisk unpacked from the distribution package.

    If you do not use the wizard or if you add hardware from an existing source, use IDE.

  7. After finishing the wizard, connect to the virtual appliance and start it.

  8. Kerio Control checks all interfaces for a DHCP server in the network and the DHCP server provides a default route after the installation:

    • Internet interfaces — All interfaces where Kerio Control detects the DHCP server and the default route in the network. If there is more than one Internet interface with a default route, Kerio Control arranges the Internet interfaces in the load balancing mode.

    • LAN interfaces — All interfaces without any detected DHCP server. Kerio Control runs its own DHCP server through all LAN interfaces configured to 10.10.X.Y where X is the index of the LAN interface (starting with 10). Y is 1 for the Control interface and 11-254 for DHCP assigned hosts.

    To change the automatic pre-configuration, go to Kerio Control Administration to section Interfaces. For more information, read Configuring network interfaces.

  9. To perform the initial setup, open the following address in your web browser:

    https://kerio_control_ip_address:4081/admin

    for example

    https://10.10.10.1:4081/admin

    which is the IP address where Kerio Control is accessible from your LAN.

  10. Follow the Activation Wizard.

After finishing the wizard, Kerio Control displays the login page.


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