NST Getting Started

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Create Boot Media

Download ISO Image

Prepare Boot Media

Burn ISO Image To DVD

Copy ISO Image to USB

Create Live USB Image


There are two ways to boot and use NST. A live boot, allows you to try out NST or use it for temporary rescue and analysis situations. A live boot has several limitations, but allows you to run NST without modifying your system. If you find NST to be useful, you will want to perform a full hard disk installation. Once installed to a hard disk, the NST will work like a typical Linux system - except that you will have a plethora of tools available to you through the comfort of your web browser.

Live Boot and Use

NST 20 Live Boot

Live Boot and Install

NST 20 Live Boot

From the live boot screen, select the Hard Disk Install boot option. After a few moments (depending upon the speed of your hardware), you should be taken to the hard disk installation screen shown below.

From this point, you should be able to proceed with the NST 20 Hard Disk Installation.

Hard Disk Boot

NST 20 Hard Disk Boot

Log In

When booting in Graphical Desktop mode, you will see the following login screen:

NST 20 Login Screen

There is no password initially set, so you can simply click on the Login button to log into the system.

Default Users/Passwords

The NST has two primary user accounts nst and root. You can log in using either of these accounts. Initially, these accounts do not have any passwords associated with them (just press the Enter key or leave the password field blank). Since the NST has no passwords set by default, both the sshd and httpd services are initially disabled. You will not have network access to your NST system out of the box.

Set Passwords

Before the NST system can be used on a network, you must set the passwords for the nst and root accounts. This is done by running the nstpasswd script. You can run this script at the command line, or you can select the Set NST Passwords icon on the desktop.

NST 20 Set Passwords

Running the nstpasswd script not only initializes the passwords for the user accounts missing passwords, it also enables the sshd and httpd services so you will be able to remotely access your NST system.

You only need to set the NST passwords one time after a hard disk installation. For live boots you will need to set the NST passwords every time you boot the system (unless you use a persistence layer).

Bring Up the NST Web User Interface

After setting the NST passwords

The main advantage of using NST comes from using its Web User Interface (WUI). The WUI provides a wealth of information and immediate access to many tools on the system. You can use the WUI locally on the NST system itself, or access it remotely using any other system on your network that has one of the major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE, etc).

To bring up the NST WUI on your NST system, click on the Firefox icon located near the top left of the screen.

NST 20 Web User Interface Login

After successfully logging in, you should reach the main page. You will find a menu bar near the top of the page which allows you to quickly jump to many different tools.

NST 20 Web User Interface


The NST is packed with a lot of tools and information (it can be a bit overwhelming). The following lists a set of tools that require a minimal amount of effort to get you started with.

  • And many more ...