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How to Create an Airwave USB Installer on Windows and OSX

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Introduction : Occasionally it may be necessary to install Airwave using a USB drive rather than CD/DVD media. This article will explain how to create a USB installer for Airwave on Windows and OSX operating systems.


Configuration Steps :


You will need the following to create a USB installer:

  1. USB drive with 2GB or more capacity.
  2. Windows or OSX operating system with administrative privileges.
  3. Airwave ISO file for the version you want to make an installer for, available at

Note: To install from a USB drive the hardware you are installing to must support booting from USB. This may be disabled by default in the BIOS of many servers. Ensure your server is capable of booting from USB and the feature is enabled.

Windows Instructions

1. Download the UNetbootin program available here:

Note: This is an open source freeway program that is not associated with Aruba Networks. We do not endorse or support this program. There are many similar programs available or this one can be compiled from source if you are concerned. There is no native method within Windows for creating a bootable USB drive from an ISO.

2. Run the program, select the drive, and select the ISO file.


3. Click Ok to begin writing the ISO file to the USB drive.


4. Click Exit to close the program.


5. Eject your USB drive and remove from your computer.


6. Your USB installer for Airwave has been created.

OSX Instructions

1. Open the terminal.

2. Convert the file from an ISO to IMG file using the hdiutil program.

Run the command: hdiutil convert-format UDRW -o <OUTPUTFILE>.img <AIRWAVEISO>.iso

mjlaptop:Desktop mjackson$ ls AMP-7.7.3-x86_64.iso
mjlaptop:Desktop mjackson$ hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o AMP-7.7.3-x86_64.img AMP-7.7.3-x86_64.iso
Reading AMP-CentOS                       (Apple_ISO : 0)…
Elapsed Time:  8.930s
Speed: 142.9Mbytes/sec
Savings: 0.0%
created: /Users/mjackson/Desktop/AMP-7.7.3-x86_64.img.dmg

3. Determine which disk is the USB drive by using diskutil. Note the 16GB size in the output below.

Run the command: diskutil list
mjlaptop:Desktop mjackson$ diskutil list
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *360.1 GB   disk0
   1:                        EFI                         209.7 MB   disk0s1
   2:                  Apple_HFS Untitled 1              359.2 GB   disk0s2
   3:                 Apple_Boot Recovery HD             650.0 MB   disk0s3
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:     FDisk_partition_scheme                        *16.0 GB    disk1
   1:             Windows_FAT_32 USB20FD                 16.0 GB    disk1s1
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:     Apple_partition_scheme                        *102.4 MB   disk2
   1:        Apple_partition_map                         32.3 KB    disk2s1
   2:                  Apple_HFS Dell_KACE               102.4 MB   disk2s2

4. Unmount the USB drive using diskutil.

Run the command, replacing <N> with your USB disk number from the previous command: diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk<N>
mjlaptop:Desktop mjackson$ diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk1
Unmount of all volumes on disk1 was successful

5. Write the newly created .img file from step 2 to the USB drive using the dd command.

Run the command: sudo dd if=<OUTPUTFILE>.img.dmg of=/dev/rdisk1 bs=1m
mjlaptop:Desktop mjackson$ sudo dd if=AMP-7.7.3-x86_64.img.dmg of=/dev/rdisk1 bs=1m
1276+1 records in
1276+1 records out
1338187776 bytes transferred in 124.589615 secs (10740765 bytes/sec)
6. Eject the disk, then remove it from your computer.

Run the command, replacing <N> with your USB drive disk number: diskutil eject /dev/disk<N>
mjlaptop:Desktop mjackson$ diskutil eject /dev/disk1
Disk /dev/disk1 ejected

7. Your USB installer for Airwave has been created.


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The same link that was provided for an ISO download had no URLs pointing to any location that has an ISO downloadable file for CD burn installation and then installation on to a new server.

Hi Albert, will take you to the support portal of Aruba Networks. Once you are on that page, please login with a valid username and password and the Top header will display the "Download Software" option.


You would want to select "Airwave" and drill down to the required version of the software and download the ISO image of the same.




Aruba Networks.


Very useful article for OSX! 


The only issue I had with OSX 10.11 is there needed to be a space between "convert" and "-format" when creating the img file. 


--- non-working ---

hdiutil convert-format UDRW -o <OUTPUTFILE>.img <AIRWAVEISO>.iso


--- working ---

hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o <OUTPUTFILE>.img <AIRWAVEISO>.iso

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