nShield Solo v12.81 Install Guide


The Entrust nShield Solo, Solo XC, and nShield 5s are Hardware Security Modules (HSM) for servers and appliances.

About this guide

This guide includes:

See the User Guide for more about, for example:

  • Creating and managing a Security World

  • Creating and using keys

  • Card sets

  • The advanced features of an nShield Solo, nShield Solo XC, and nShield 5s.

For information on integrating Entrust nShield products with third-party enterprise applications, see https://www.entrust.com/digital-security/hsm.

Model numbers

The table below shows the different versions of the module. The letter x represents any single-digit integer. The letter n represents any letter.

Model number Used for



nShield Solo PCIe



nShield Solo XC PCIe


nShield 5s PCIe F3

Additional documentation

You can find additional documentation in the documentation directory of the installation media for your product. For information about using the software and enabling additional features (such as client licenses), see the nShield Solo, nShield Solo XC and nShield Edge - User Guide. Entrust strongly recommends that you read the release notes at https://nshieldsupport.entrust.com. These notes contain the latest information about your product.


The nShield Solo, nShield Solo XC, and nShield 5s are referred to as a the nShield Solo, nShield Solo XC, and nShield 5s, the Hardware Security Module, or the HSM in this guide.