System Short QSG v2.0.1

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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. 


To complete the initial configuration, you'll need a laptop or desktop, serial cable (included), terminal emulation software with settings of 115.2Kbps, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity, flow control none or XON/XOFF, and everything that came with your appliance. Refer to the Pre-Installation Checklist to ensure you have everything you will need to configure your appliance.


1. Mount your appliance (and EBOD enclosure if using 7520) in a rack (refer to Rack Mount Guide) and connect it to a power source. Connect your appliance network cables (refer to the detailed Appliance QSG) and if using 7520, to the EBOD enclosure. Ensure that your laptop is connected to the same network. 

2. Using a serial cable, connect your laptop to the serial console of the 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 laptop, 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 the information provided to you by your cloud storage service provider such as host name, access username and password to create Cloud Credentials. Next, access Configure > Cloud > Cloud Configuration. Under the 'General' tab, specify the location of the primary and the secondary bucket. Leave the remaining settings at the default value. Under the 'Security' tab, supply the AES key data from a key generated using your key management system or a passphrase. Remember to keep this information in a safe place.

7. Configure Volume Access Groups (VAGs) by going to Configure > Security Settings > Volume Access Groups. A volume access group includes parameters to define one or more servers, and a volume can have one or more volume access groups assigned to it. Each entry under Volume Access Groups defines a server that will access volumes you create on this appliance.

8. Configure Volumes by going to Configure > Volumes. You will need to associate each volume with a cloud configuration, specify which servers can access the volume by associating VAGs to each volume, and supply other parameters including the priority and the size of the volume.

9. From each of your servers, open the iSCSI initiator and supply 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 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 Appliance Quick Start Guide (QSG) or the product documentation.

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