How to: Use a proxy-server to update a server
Posted by Wouter Debie, Last modified by Pieter Vandercammen on 02 November 2020 04:53 PM


In some lab environments the ByteBlower has no direct access to the internet. The ByteBlower updater on the server won't be able to contact its updater server directly. There are 2 work-arounds

  1. Update the ByteBlower server using the ByteBlower GUI. This ByteBlower GUI will need web-access to the internet and SSH access to the ByteBlower Server.
    These has become the default update strategy. The steps are explained in this article.
  2. Use an HTTP proxy to enable internet access on the ByteBlower server.

This article explains fully the second option. We will explain in easy steps how to configure the proxy server on the ByteBlower system. This article won't explain how to create such a proxy. For help on how to setup the HTTP proxy server itself we suggest to contact your IT department.

Preliminary note

The ByteBlower environments currently only support HTTP proxy servers. HTTPS servers are not yet supported.


Connect to the ByteBlower

To update the ByteBlower server, you'll need a console on the ByteBlower. This can be achieved in 2 ways.

  1. Physical console: Connect a screen and a keyboard.
  2. SSH: Log in from the terminal (Linux or Mac) or with an application such as PuTTY (Windows).

Login using root and the password ("excentis" by default)

If you are not already in the update-environment type "byteblower-update" to reboot to the update system. Once the reboot is done, use the same credentials to login

Change the network configuration

Once you are logged-in you will get following menu. Choose item nr 4 "Network configuration".


Here you can review or change the network settings.

Configure a network proxy

Item 6 allows you to configure a HTTP-proxy.

First you will be asked for the proxy server its address. e.g. . If you make this blank, you will erase the previous settings and thus disable the use of a proxy server.
Secondly you can optional provide a username and password ( if needed by your proxy server ). Leave blank if not needed

Go back to the main menu by selecting Back

Save/Apply the new settings

Upgrade the server

Now you are ready to upgrade the server. Follow the steps explained in this article on how to upgrade your server.

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