Appliance Short QSG v1.2.1

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Overview

This condensed version of the quick start guide (Part no. 761-0004-0001) allows you to configure your StorSimple appliance 1001, 5010 or 7010 in only ten steps. 

Pre-Requisites

To complete the initial configuration, you'll need a laptop or desktop, serial cable (included), terminal emulation software (115.2Kbps, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity), 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.

Steps

1. Mount your appliance in a rack (use the Rack Mount Guide if you are deploying an appliance model 5010, 7010) and connect it to a power source. Connect your appliance network cables, and ensure that your laptop is connected to the same network.

2. Using a serial cable, connect your laptop to the serial console of the appliance. For appliance models 5010 or 7010, you can use the serial port identified by the wrench icon on either controller.

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. Configure Cloud Accounts by going to Configure > Cloud Accounts. You will need the information provided to you by your cloud storage service provider, including credentials. Supply the 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 account, specify which servers can access the volume by associating VAGs to each volume, and supply other parameters including 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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