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 ===== Getting Started ===== ===== Getting Started =====
-Your ClearBOX will ship in a default configuration. The installation of ClearOS onto your ClearBOX has already been performed so you can get started with your ClearBOX right away. The typical installation is the Full Install of ClearOS. However, ClearBOX comes with different installation modes which we discuss below.+Your ClearBOX will ship in a default configuration. The installation of ClearOS onto your ClearBOX has already been performed so you can get started with your ClearBOX right away. 
  
 When you first boot ClearBOX, you can either manage the interface through a USB keyboard and a VGA monitor, or you can connect a laptop to ClearBOX's last interface with a network cable. ClearBOX will give DHCP on this interface so you can begin setting up the box for your network. This last network is yours to use so after you get the network interfaces of ClearBOX set to your specific needs, you can utilize this interface however you desire. When you first boot ClearBOX, you can either manage the interface through a USB keyboard and a VGA monitor, or you can connect a laptop to ClearBOX's last interface with a network cable. ClearBOX will give DHCP on this interface so you can begin setting up the box for your network. This last network is yours to use so after you get the network interfaces of ClearBOX set to your specific needs, you can utilize this interface however you desire.
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 When you boot ClearBOX, you will be presented with a menu at the beginning of the boot cycle. From this menu you can reinstall, run utilities, or troubleshoot general problems. We will discuss this in detail below. When you boot ClearBOX, you will be presented with a menu at the beginning of the boot cycle. From this menu you can reinstall, run utilities, or troubleshoot general problems. We will discuss this in detail below.
  
-The default password on ClearBOX is **'clearbox'** on older models, and **'password'** on all newer models. The administrator account is **'root'**. You should change this password immediately using the Webconfig interface or from the command line by using the 'passwd' command.+The default password on ClearBOX is **'clearbox'** on older models, and **'password'** on all newer models. The administrator account is **'root'**. You should change the password immediately using the Webconfig interface or from the command line by using the 'passwd' command.
  
-ClearBOX will have a sticker indicating the ClearBOX ID of your ClearBOX. This ID is important for all communications with ClearCenter. If you ever have an issue with hardware with your ClearBOX and it is under warranty, simply open a ticket in your ClearSDN portal and include this ClearBOX ID and the nature of your problem.+ClearBOX will have a sticker indicating the ClearBOX ID of your ClearBOX. This ID is important for all communications with ClearCenter in regards to your ClearBOX hardware. If you ever have an issue with your ClearBOX hardware and it is under warranty, simply open a ticket in your ClearSDN portal and include this ClearBOX ID and the nature of your problem.
  
 ===== Initial Management ===== ===== Initial Management =====
-As indicated earlier, your ClearBOX can be managed by connecting a keyboard and monitor via USB and VGA respectively or it can be managed through the network using the last network card. This easy management through the network is available using the default full install. Other installation modes may not have network management available. Please refer to the guides for those modes.+As indicated earlier, your ClearBOX can be managed by connecting a keyboard and monitor via USB and VGA respectively. It can also be managed through the network using the last network card. 
  
 ==== Network Management ==== ==== Network Management ====
-The initial DHCP address given out by ClearBOX to your laptop or other connected system begins with 172.22.22. If you get an address in this range then you can manage your system by navigating to [[https://172.22.22.22:81]] in your browser. You can also reach the command line via 172.22.22.22 using SSH.+The initial DHCP address given out by ClearBOX to your laptop or other connected system begins with 172.22.22.If you get an address in this range then you can manage your system by navigating to [[https://172.22.22.22:81]] in your browser. You can also reach the command line via 172.22.22.22 using SSH.
  
 ==== Console Management ==== ==== Console Management ====
-ClearBOX will start and be available via VGY by launching either the Graphical User Interface (GUI), or the Text-based User Interface (TUI). The ability to launch the GUI is largely dependent on the ability of ClearBOX to interact with your monitor. If the GUI will **not** launch, try using a different monitor.+ClearBOX will start and be available via VGA/Keyboard by launching either the Graphical User Interface (GUI), or the Text-based User Interface (TUI). The ability to launch the GUI is largely dependent on the ability of ClearBOX to interact with your monitor. If the GUI will **not** launch, try using a different monitor.
  
-You can also switch between console screens our your ClearBOX when connected at the console by using the keys for Control, Alt, and the Function keys. Here is a list of the various Screen and the key combinations to access them:+You can also switch between console screens of your ClearBOX when connected at the console by using the keys for Control, Alt, and the Function keys. Here is a list of the various Screen and the key combinations to access them:
  
   * Ctrl+Alt+F1 - Console session. This is unusable when the GUI is active.   * Ctrl+Alt+F1 - Console session. This is unusable when the GUI is active.
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   * Ctrl+Alt+F5 - Command line session 5.   * Ctrl+Alt+F5 - Command line session 5.
   * Ctrl+Alt+F6 - Command line session 6.   * Ctrl+Alt+F6 - Command line session 6.
-  * Ctrl+Alt+F7 - GUI session.+  * Ctrl+Alt+F7 - GUI session. This is unusable when the TUI is active.
  
 ===== Initial boot menu ===== ===== Initial boot menu =====
-The initial ClearBOX boot menu is presented just a few seconds after ClearBOX is started and is on a 5 second countdown timer. After it is completed it turns over control to the ClearOS boot menu which is on another separate 5 second countdown timer. If you monitor does not properly display the boot menu long enough to see it, use the space bar or arrow keys after the BIOS POST messages stop the countdown timer.+The initial ClearBOX boot menu is presented just a few seconds after ClearBOX is started and is on a 5 second countdown timer. After it is completed it turns over control to the ClearOS boot menu which is on another separate 5 second countdown timer. If your monitor does not properly display the boot menu long enough to see it, use the space bar or arrow keys after the BIOS POST messages stop the countdown timer.
  
 ==== Default Boot ==== ==== Default Boot ====
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 ==== Installation Menu ==== ==== Installation Menu ====
-ClearOS has a range of modes that can be installedThere are two types of installations and several modes. The option for each mode is to either install ClearBOX in a wipe (This reinstalls ClearBOX cleanly and completely destroying any existing data on all partitions) or by data preservation which reinstalls the OS but leaves user data unaffected. During a data preservation installation ClearOS is installed without destroying data on the /store/data0 volume. Typically this is used for:+If you select the Install Menu from the boot screen, you will be able to do a default install or a custom installCustom install is not recommended. The option for the default install is to either install ClearBOX in a wipe (This reinstalls ClearBOX cleanly and completely destroying any existing data on all partitions) or by data preservation which reinstalls the OS but leaves user data unaffected. During a data preservation installation ClearOS is installed without destroying data on the /store/data0 volume. Typically this is used for:
  
   * /home   * /home
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 Most user data is stored in these directories, so a re-install should not affect this data when using the 're-install' option. Most user data is stored in these directories, so a re-install should not affect this data when using the 're-install' option.
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 +If you install modules that use the above directories, you should assign storage to the directories using the [[http://www.clearcenter.com/support/documentation/clearos_guides/storage_manipulation_using_bindmounts|bindmount method]].
  
 <note warning>You should always backup data before proceeding with any type of reinstall. The reinstall option is designed for convenience and not as a data integrity replacement.</note> <note warning>You should always backup data before proceeding with any type of reinstall. The reinstall option is designed for convenience and not as a data integrity replacement.</note>
  
-=== Modes of Install ===+=== Modes of Install (ClearOS 6) === 
 +Because of the transition to the marketplace, modes of install are not available in the installation process but can be mimicked easily once ClearOS is install. Please contact support if you require assistance setting up a mode that was available under ClearOS 5.x. 
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 +=== Modes of Install (ClearOS 5.x) ===
 == Full Install == == Full Install ==
 For ClearBOX, a Full Install includes installing all of the typical services available on ClearOS. This is the default install. For ClearBOX, a Full Install includes installing all of the typical services available on ClearOS. This is the default install.

 
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