Using the Setup Wizard

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Upon successfully authenticating, your appliance will guide you through a setup wizard. The various steps required in configuring the appliance via the Setup Wizard are as shown below:

Welcome

It is recommended that you open up the Quick Start Guide by clicking the link present in the page so as to quickly enable you to set up your appliance. The setup wizard will allow you to configure the system from the ground up.  

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Click 'next' to proceed to the first step.

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Name Settings

On this step, specify a name for your appliance.

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This name is not used in name resolution, but rather is used when generating printer-friendly versions of reports from within the GUI.  After you have specified an appliance name, click ‘Next’.

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Network Interfaces

The next step is to configure the network interfaces. 

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Refer to the diagram showing the back of the appliance in section Initial Configuration or the labels on the back of the appliance, to identify the interfaces.  The user has to configure one management and can configure up to three data network interfaces.

For each interface, configure:

  • Interface state (enabled or disabled) - When checked, an interface is enabled.  The appliance will attempt to use this interface.  It is recommended that only those interfaces that are connected to the network and used be enabled.  Disable any interfaces you are not using.
  • Interface State Type - this parameter allows you to isolate iSCSI traffic from cloud storage traffic. This can be one of the following -
    • Cloud Enabled - When checked, the appliance will use this interface to communicate to the Cloud.
    • iSCSI Enabled - When checked, the appliance will use this interface to communicate to the iSCSI device.
  • Interface IP address - Specify the IP address that should be used by this interface.
  • Interface subnet mask - Specify the subnet mask that should be used by this interface.
  • Interface default gateway - Specify the default gateway that should be used by this interface when attempting to communicate with nodes that are not within the same IP address space (subnet).  The default gateway must be in the same address space (subnet) as the interface IP address as determined by the subnet mask.

When you have completed the configuration of all the network interfaces, click on 'Next'.

 

File:User:AlpaK/StorSimple_Appliance_QSG_Imported/image015.jpg Note: To ensure proper operation, verify the interface speed and duplex on the switch that each appliance interface is connected to. Switch interfaces should either negotiate to or be configured for Gigabit Ethernet (1000Mbps) and full-duplex. Interfaces operating at slower speeds or in half-duplex will result in performance issues.

File:User:AlpaK/StorSimple_Appliance_QSG_Imported/image015.jpg Note: If you wish to isolate iSCSI traffic from cloud storage traffic, connect DATA interfaces to your iSCSI network with no default gateway, and other DATA interfaces to your public network with Internet access with a correct default gateway.

File:User:AlpaK/StorSimple_Appliance_QSG_Imported/image015.jpg Note: It is recommended that you enable portfast on each of the switch ports that your appliance will be connecting to. This will ensure that network connectivity can be established quickly in the event of a failover, which will minimize disruptions and downtime. For more information on portfast on Cisco networking devices, please see:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/ps700/products_tech_note09186a00800b1500.shtml.

 

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DNS Settings

Specify a primary and secondary DNS server using their IP addresses.

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Secondary DNS servers are not required, but are highly recommended.  DNS servers are required, because they are used when your appliance attempts to communicate with your cloud storage service providers. 

Your appliance will automatically attempt to validate connectivity to your DNS servers using ping.  If your DNS servers do not respond to ping, or if ping is being blocked on your network, uncheck the box next to ‘Verify DNS Servers’.

When you are finished, click the ‘Next’ button.

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Time Settings

Select your time zone using the drop-down list, and specify up to two NTP servers.

When specifying multiple NTP servers, specify one on each line, each separated by pressing the ‘Enter’ or ‘Return’ key.  NTP servers are required, as your appliance must synchronize time in order to authenticate with your cloud storage service providers.  Ensure that your network allows NTP traffic to pass from your data center to the Internet.  If this is not possible, specify an internal NTP server, such as a Microsoft Windows Server domain controller. 

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When finished, click ‘Next’.

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Summary

On the summary screen, your appliance shows you the configuration that has been applied.  To go back and make changes, use the ‘Back’ button.  Otherwise, use the ‘Finish’ button. 

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After clicking 'Finish', you will have to wait until the settings get applied.

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You will then be taken to the 'Login' screen.

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You will need to login back in to the system to access the Web UI home page.

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It is a best practice after use of the setup wizard to visit the Appliance Diagnostics section in the General Settings page by accessing ‘Examine system diagnostics’ found in the ‘Common Tasks…’ section near the bottom of the homepage.

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In the appliance diagnostics section, you can verify if there are any configuration elements that could prohibit proper system operation.  Check under the ‘Status’ column for the presence of a ‘warning’ indicator Warning_Indicator_20X18.png or a ‘failed’ indicator Failed_Indicator_18X18.png.  For such elements, click the details icon Details_18x16.png to determine what configuration element requires attention. 

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