Friday, July 31, 2015

Cookbook: Installing & Updating SolarCapture on CentOS

By: Justin Borland, Equifax

Below is a a document describing how to update/install Solarflare's SolarCapture drivers on the SolarFlare 71xx NICs for a CentOS system. Note this document was user created, and has not yet been reviewed by Solarflare's Technical Support.

First acquire the following software from Solarflare support:
Implementation steps:
SolarFlare SDK install:
# unzip <path-to>solar_capture_sdk-<scver>.zip
# rpm –Uvh sfutils-*.rpm
OpenOnload build:
# tar –xf openonload-<version>.tgz
# cd openonload-<version>
# onload_uninstall && ./scripts/onload_install

Note that if any capture processes are already running (i.e. Moloch, Bro, Snort or Suricata) kill them before reloading, and keep them off until the end of this install.
# onload_tool reload
# cd ..
SolarCapture Core installation:
# rpm –Uvh solar_capture-core-<version>.rpm
SolarCapture Python install:
# yum install rpm-build
# rpmbuild --rebuild solar_capture-python-<version>.src.rpm
# rpm –Uvh /root/rpmbuild/RPMS/x86_64/solar_capture-python-<version>.rpm
SolarCapture Pro installation:
# rpm –Uvh  --replacepkgs solar_capture-live-<version>.rpm solar_capture-pro-<version>.rpm
Update the NIC firmware
# sfupdate --write
Note that you should answer 'Y' for each NIC.

Restart capture services
# /wherever/your/capture/script/
Verify Install:
Check installed packages
# rpm –qa | grep capture
You should now see this:
Check NIC licensing
# sfkey
Which should then look like this:
2-interface adapter: eth4, eth6
Product name:        Solarflare SFN7122F SFP+ Flareon Ultra Server Adapter
Part number:         SFN7122F
Serial number:       712200210071141137100559
MAC addresses:       00-0F-53-xx-xx-xx, 00-0F-53-xx-xx-xx
Installed keys:      Onload
Active keys:         Onload
Blacklisted keys:    0
Invalid keys:        0
Unverifiable keys:   0
Inapplicable keys:   0
One final note, Solarflare Support has not yet validated the above steps so please use at your own risk. 


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  2. Josh,

    You're very welcome. It's also possible that Justin may have a more advanced cookbook shortly that covers running both Bro and Moloch on the same capture server.