Install and configure the VNXe3200

Part 2 in my series about my travels with the VNXe3200 from EMC, is what happened after I connected the 4x10Gbit(iSCSI/NFS) and 1Gbit(Management) connections.

I found the management IP in the DHCP, as it’s described on the setup-poster, punched it into a browser and put in the default username/password – ready, set – go!

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It recognizes that it’s the first start-up and kicks off the Unisphere Configuration Wizard:

First you accept the EULA:
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Change the default password to your own:
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Put in the license you received from EMC or your supplier:
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Yiha, it worked 🙂
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Put in DNS settings:
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Add a NTP server, required for Active Directory domain things, so the VNXe’s time doesn’t get skewed from the domain time:
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When I saw this warning, I was wondering why it appears in the initial setup. If it’s not able to apply the NTP settings without a reboot, that you’re not allowed to do during the initial setup, why not make it run the NTP setup after the configuration reboots the VNXe…
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Now the fun begins, Disk configuration:
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First, I configured the FAST Cache, the settings are pre-selected:
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A summary, that doesn’t let you change anything and doesn’t really provide anything you didn’t know…
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And FAST Cache is created:
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Successfully!:
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And now the FAST Cache is done, it’s time to do the Storage Pools:
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Decide for a fitting name and description:
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Here the fun begins, first create a Performance tier, which equals use of SAS disks
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To save a spare disk, I used 5 out of 6 available SAS disks
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Tech guy says Yes! here – always! Though if for use with CIFS shares, probably would put it at No.
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Review details and click Finish – first Storage Pool is created.
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Working…
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And done…
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As the test unit VNXe has more Flash, I create another Storage Pool:
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Extreme Performance tier Storage Pool:
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As I only have 3 drives and must keep 1 spare, this is the used config:
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Just another info slide, where nothing new is shown:
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And another…
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And it’s doing magic:
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And it’s done:
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Then you’re ready to proceed with the next step in the initial setup, EMC Support registration, here I put in my login for the EMC Support site, it gets accepted, but it fails when trying to set up the connection with EMC.
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Sure, sounds great (if it works)
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Setup SMTP for notifications and alerts:
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Now the connectivity setup begins, configuring the first connection pair:
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Doing stuff:
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Setup the other interface pair, I only connected 2×2 10Gbit connections, so no more interfaces needs configuration for me:
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Now the NAS/NFS server setup:
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Here you can only choose one, even though it looks as if both can be selected, should maybe be a drop down box:

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DNS Setup:
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Verify settings before creation:
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Aaaand done:

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NFS is ready:
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As the NTP service couldn’t be configured, the CIFS option is not availabe before after the first reboot and afterwards the NTP config.

So now it’s ready to finalize the configuration:
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After the reboot, a software update for Unisphere was available – as a good IT guy always make sure your stuff is updated 🙂
Select to Obtain the candidate online, and download the newest version from the EMC Support site:
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Then select the Upload and browse to the downloaded file and select Upload:
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When it’s done, you’ll see both version in the top part of the windows:
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Then select to Install Candidate Version and be aware:
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Starting:
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And working:
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Then I tried to set up the EMC Secure Remote Support option:
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I haven’t tried the Live Chat to figure out what isn’t working, but might do that and update this post.

 

All in all, I’ve got to say, this is the most straight-forward set up I’ve tried on such a unit. “Luckily” almost everything worked, wonder if this crashes – it is web-based – would probably have to open up some SSH or IPMI… 🙂