Setting up your new VPSA

Setting up your new VPSA

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Setting up your new VPSA

craig@zadarastorage.com

This document describes how to take a brand new Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) and prepare it for creating iSCSI LUNs, NFS volumes, and CIFS volumes.

This document is a quick, step-by-step guide to getting started with a VPSA. For an in depth review see the VPSA users guide.

Audience

This document is designed for an audience with a basic familiarity shared storage and SAN concepts.

Time

It will take most administrators about 15 minutes to complete the steps.

Prerequisites

The Process

  • Connect to the VPSA
  • Create a RAID Group
  • Create a Pool

First, connect to your VPSA -

For security reasons you can only connect to your VPSA from inside your provider’s network, i.e. from an instance in AWS, Azure, etc.

To connect to your VPSA we’ll need two things -
1. The temporary password that was emailed to you when you created the VPSA.
2. The IP address of the VPSA.

To get the temporary password, check your email. To get the IP address of your VPSA login to the VPSA management console at https://manage.zadarastorage.com/login/.

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Click on the name of your new VPSA -
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Make a note of the IP address of your VPSA. Now you need to launch an instance from which you can access your VPSA. You will need a web browser so a Windows instance is the easier option. If you’re in AWS make sure you launch in the same VPC you connected your VPSA to.

Once the instance is running RDP to it, start a browser and connect to https://’your VPSA IP’. Your username is the same email address you use to login to the VPSA Management console, your temporary password was emailed to you. You will be forced to change your password on first login.

Once you’ve logged in and changed your password you will be looking at your new VPSA loaded with the drives you selected when you created it.

Second, create a RAID group

To be usable drives need to be put into a RAID array so the data on them is protected against drive failures. For a detailed description of each RAID type and the RAID group options see the VPSA users guide.

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Click “Create RAID Group”, pick the RAID group options and drives you want in the RAID group.

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Third, Create a Pool

A pool is a virtual entity that allows a iSCSI LUN or volumes to be bigger than a single RAID group by aggregating RAID groups together. Even though we only have one RAID group in our VPSA we still need to create a pool. For a detailed description of pools see the VPSA users guide.

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Click “Create Pool”, name and pick your pool options.

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That’s It! You’ve completed the basic setup of your VPSA.

Next Steps -

Creating an iSCSI block device

Creating a NFS volume

Creating a CIFS volume

Attaching an iSCSI LUN to a Windows instance

Attaching an iSCSI LUN to a *nix instance

Mounting a NFS volume to a *nix instance

Mounting a CIFS volume to a Windows instance

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