Getting Started

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Thank you for choosing StorSimple!  This document (Part no. 760-0001-0001) serves as product documentation for your StorSimple appliance model 1010, 5010, 7010, or 7010S, outlines how to use the management Graphical User Interface (GUI), and provides a more detailed overview of the management GUI than the Quick Start Guide (QSG) that was provided with your appliance.  If you have not yet configured your StorSimple appliance, please refer to the QSG.

 

This page describes the following topics:

Accessing the Management GUI

The management GUI of your appliance is accessed using a web browser.  Currently, StorSimple supports Firefox 3.5 or newer, and Internet Explorer 8 or newer.  To access the management GUI, enter the URL into your browser, replacing <ip_address> with the IP address of your appliance’s management interface.

 

  • http://<ip_address>

 

If you do not know the IP address of your management interface, please refer to the StorSimple technical report on appliance IP address recovery.

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Using the Management GUI

Each page of the management GUI has a layout with the following components, as shown below:

 

Management_GUI_1.png

 

  • Username identifier – lists the name of the user that you are currently logged into the management GUI 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 management GUI, and return you to the login page, where you will need to supply valid user credentials to log back in to the management GUI
     
  • Refer a Friend link – clicking this hyperlink will take you to a form on StorSimple’s website, allowing you to send an invitation to a friend or coworker to use StorSimple
     
  • Menu bar – the menu bar contains drop-down menus for accessing various parts of the GUI.  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 GUI pages that can be visited to perform a task
     
  • Breadcrumbs – breadcrumbs are displayed on each page to show you which page of the GUI you are currently on
     
  • Workspace – the workspace contains the page contents for the GUI page that you are on, including charts, tables, links, and configurable items

 

Additionally, alarm indicators may be present in the upper-right hand corner of the management GUI, which appear as colored circles with an exclamation point contained within (for example, ).  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 management GUI to understand the error condition.  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 models 5010, 7010, and 7010S when a hardware component has failed and requires replacement or attention

 

Additionally, a warning bar may appear beneath the menu bar when the system is over-provisioned.  An example is shown below.

 

Management_GUI_2.png

Using the Home Page

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

 

  • System overview – provides two charts that show:
    • Provisioned Capacity – how much of the total usable capacity in the system is available and how much of the total capacity in the system has been provisioned to volumes
       
    • 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 – four hyperlinks to tasks that system administrators use most frequently, including:
    • Monitor my performance – clicking this link takes you to the IO 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 also 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
       
    • Configure cloud storage accounts – clicking this link takes you to the ‘Cloud Accounts’ page, which can also be found under the ‘Configure’ drawer in the menu bar, allowing you to configure and manage accounts for the cloud storage service providers you are using
       
    • 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

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