Getting Started

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Welcome

Part no. - 760-0007-0200-A

Thank you for choosing StorSimple!  This document serves as product documentation for your 5000/7000 series StorSimple appliance. It outlines how to use the Web User Interface (UI) and provides a more detailed overview of the web UI than the Quick Start Guide (QSG) provided with your appliance. 

If you have not yet configured your StorSimple appliance, please refer to the Appliance QSG.

This page explains the following topics -

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Accessing the Web UI

The UI of your appliance is accessed using a web browser.  Currently, StorSimple supports Firefox 3.5 or newer, and Internet Explorer 7 or newer.  It is also recommended that 'Compatibility Mode' be disabled when viewing the site in IE 8 or IE 9.

To access the Web UI, enter the URL into your browser:  

  • http://<ip_address>

Replace <ip_address> with the IP address of your appliance’s management interface.

If you do not know the IP address of your management interface, use a serial cable in conjunction with the ‘Setup’ command. Refer to the Appliance QSG for details on how to do this.

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Using the Web UI

Each page of the Web UI has a layout with the following components, as shown below -

 

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  • Username identifier - lists the name of the user that you are currently logged into the Web UI as. To change users, click the ‘Log Out’ link, and login using a different user account.
  • Logout link - clicking this hyperlink will log you out of the Web UI, and return you to the login page, where you will need to supply valid user credentials to log back in to the Web UI.
  • Invite a Friend link - clicking this hyperlink will take you to a form on StorSimple website, allowing you to send an invitation to a friend or co-worker to use StorSimple.
  • Software Version - shows the software version that is installed on your StorSimple Appliance.
  • Appliance Name - displays the name of your StorSimple Appliance as configured via the ‘Name Settings’ option in the Setup Wizard.
  • Appliance IP Address - shows the IP address of your StorSimple Appliance as configured via the Setup Wizard.
  • Menu bar - the menu bar contains drop-down menus for accessing various parts of the UI.  Hovering over any of the menu bar items (for instance, ‘Configure’) will expand that item using a drawer, to show its contents.  Each of the contents contained in the drop-down are either drawers (containing more contents), or UI pages that can be visited to perform a task.

Additionally, alarm indicators such as Alarm_indicators_50X21.png may be present in the upper-right hand corner of the Web UI.  A warning bar also appears beneath the menu bar when there is a hardware state change.  An example is shown below.

 

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This icon is indicative of an error or issue with the system that requires attention.  Clicking this icon will take you to the appropriate page in the Web UI to understand the error condition.  Alternatively, the user can choose to click on one of 'Acknowledge', 'View' or 'Configure'.

These icons are shown when:

  • System is over-provisioned - an icon is shown when you have provisioned more capacity on the system than has been licensed.
  • A hardware component has failed or has become degraded - an icon is shown for the appliance when a hardware component is not healthy.

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Using the Home Page

The home page, shown below, provides you with the following:

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  • System overview– provides two charts that show:
    • Capacity Usage - shows the total available system capacity and how much of it is utilized.
    • Read and write IOPS - shows the number of read and write IOPS for the past five minutes, which provides an indication of how much workload the system is currently encountering.

 

  • Common tasks - has hyperlinks to six tasks that system administrators use most frequently, including:
    • Configure Cloud Credentials - clicking this link takes you to the 'Configure Cloud Credentials' page, which can also be found under the 'Configure' drawer in the menu bar allowing you to define cloud service providers and associated credentials.
    • Configure Cloud Configurations - clicking this link takes you to the 'Configure Cloud Configurations' page which can also be found under the 'Configure' drawer in the menu bar allowing you to define primary and backup credentials associated with the cloud configuration, employ bandwidth controls for cloud-related operations, and enabling the AES data-at-rest encryption.
    • Configure a volume for one of my servers - clicking this link takes you to the ‘Volumes’ page, which can also be found under the ‘Configure’ drawer in the menu bar, allowing you to configure and manage volumes for your servers.
    • Configure Volume Groups - clicking this link takes you to the 'Volume Groups' page, which can also be found under the 'Configure' drawer in the menu bar, allowing you to create, edit, and delete volume groups.
    • Configure scheduled backups - clicking this link takes you to the 'Policies' page, which can also be found under the 'Configure' drawer in the menu bar, allowing you to define automated rules for scheduling backups.
    • Restore a volume from a Backup - clicking this link takes you to the 'Backups' page that is also available under the 'Manage' drawer in the menu bar. This will allow you to restore data from a backup.
    • Monitor my performance - clicking this link takes you to the I/O Operations per Second chart, which can also be found under the ‘Report’ drawer in the menu bar.
    • Examine system diagnostics - clicking this link takes you to the ‘Diagnostics’ page, which can be found under the ‘Manage’ drawer in the menu bar, allowing you to validate basic system configuration and identify any scenarios which may impact proper operation of your appliance.

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