System Short QSG v2.1.1

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Part no. - 761-0004-0300-E

Document attachment - QSG pdf version

This 1-page Quick Start Guide will quickly walk you through the steps required to configure your appliance. This guide is applicable for all the 5000 and 7000 series appliance models only. For information on 8000 series deployment, go to



To complete the initial configuration, you’ll need to connect a serial console or a computer with terminal emulation to the appliance. Use the serial cables and the accessories that came with your appliance. It is recommended that you install the latest drivers for your serial-USB cables.

For StarTech adapters, download the drivers from this link -

For Prolific adapters, download the drivers from this link -

The serial connection must be set up as follows: 115,200 Baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity, flow control none or XON/XOFF.

Refer to the Pre-Installation Checklist to ensure you have everything you will need to configure your appliance. Access to the appliance requires IE (v7 or higher), Chrome (v12 or newer) or Firefox (3.5 or later).


Lights-Out Management - When the appliance is installed in a remote datacenter, or a computer room with limited access, ensure that the serial connections to both controllers are always connected to a serial console switch or similar equipment. This will allow out-of-band remote control and support operations in case of network disruption or unexpected failures. 




1. Mount your appliance (refer to Rack Mount Guide) and connect to redundant power sources. If using 7520, connect the head unit to EBOD enclosure. Connect your appliance network cables (refer to the detailed System Quick Start Guide). Ensure that your computer is connected to the same network as the MGMT interface. 

2. Using the provided serial cables, connect your console to each of the two serial console ports of the appliance head unit. The serial port can be identified by the wrench icon Wrench3_20X17.png on either controller on the appliance unit.

3. Once the appliance boots, press 'ENTER' a few times until the 'StorSimple (? For help) >' prompt appears, and type 'setup' to configure the management interface IP address, subnet mask, and gateway.

4. On your computer, open your browser and point it to the IP address configured on the management interface, i.e. http: //ip-address. Login as user 'admin' and using the password of 'password'.

5. Using the setup wizard, configure the appliance hostname, network interfaces, DNS servers, and NTP servers (use a Windows domain controller if you don't have an NTP server), and exit the setup wizard.

6. Access Configure > Cloud > Cloud Credentials.  You will need your Cloud Storage Account information such as Access/Security keys to create Cloud Credentials.  Next, access Configure > Cloud > Cloud Configuration.  Under the 'General' tab, specify the primary and backup cloud credentials (recommended same as primary) to use.  Under the 'Security' tab, supply a passphrase to generate an encryption key. Remember to keep this information in a safe place.

7. Configure Access Control Records (ACRs) by going to Configure > Security Settings > Access Control Records.  Each Access Control Record defines a server to which you may allow access to volumes you create on this appliance.

8. Configure Volumes by going to Configure > Volumes. You’ll need to associate each volume with a Cloud Configuration, one or more ACRs (granting server access), and supply other parameters such as size and type of the volume.

9. From each of your servers, configure the iSCSI initiator with the IP address of one of the DATA interfaces as a target portal that should be used for discovery.  

10. Finally, initialize your new volume(s) from your host operating system.

If you are using Windows, open the MMC Disk Management snap-in and initialize the disks presented to your server from the appliance. Configure them to use the NTFS file system with a 64KB allocation unit size, supply a drive letter, and perform a quick format. If you plan to install Data Protection Console (DPC) software, please refer to the DPC QSG.

If using VMware, access your server using vSphere client. Navigate to Configuration > Storage to add storage. In the wizard, set the Disk/LUN types as default; supply the iSCSI device, and review the disk layout. Provide a unique datastore name and adjust values and capacity as needed.

You're done! Be sure to take a configuration backup. Should you need more information, please refer to the detailed System Quick Start Guide (QSG) or the product documentation.


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