+ Getting Started Overview

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This guide begins from the point that you have installed QuantaStor and have successfully logged into QuantaStor Manager. If you have not yet installed QuantaStor on your server, please see the Installation Guide for more details.

First Time Login

The default administrator user name for your storage system is simply 'admin'. This user account is present on all QuantaStor systems. At the login dialog the admin user account name is pre-populated as this is the most commonly used login. If QuantaStor was installed for you by a CSP or VAR the password for the system(s) should have been emailed to you or made available via the CSPs server management panel. If you've installed QuantaStor on a new server or VM the 'admin' account defaults to having a password of 'password' (without the single quotes). IMPORTANT: Please change this immediately after you first login via the Users & Groups section.

Change Administrator Password

Change the Administrator's Password.

For security, you will want to create a secure password for your storage system. This can be completed quickly using the Change Admin Password button in the Manager, but also can be achieved via the Set Password button in the toolbar under "Users & Groups".

For more information on the password, refer to the User Set Password page.

Step by Step Configuration Procedure

Getting Started

With your first login, the Getting Started dialog will give you step by step guidance to set up your desired Storage System. Getting Stared Welcome.jpg

Thereafter you will have to go to the toolbar for the Getting Started dialog.

Navigation: Storage Management --> Storage System --> Storage System --> Getting Started (toolbar)

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Additional information for Getting Started dialog.

Grid Configuration

Combine systems together to form a storage grid.
This enables a whole host of additional features including remote-replication, clustering and more.

Highly-Available Pool Setup (ZFS)

Storage pools formed from devices which are dual-connected to two storage systems may be made highly-available. This is done by creating a storage pool high-availability group to which one or more virtual network interfaces (VIFs) are added. All access to storage pools must be done via the associated VIFs to ensure continuous data availability in the event the pool is moved (failed-over) to another system.

Create a Site Cluster

Create the site cluster. Creates a Site Cluster configuration for two or more Systems in the Storage Grid. One or more Cluster Heartbeat Rings must be created in the Site Cluster configuration to facilitate high-availability network IP failover.

Navigation: Cluster Resource Management --> Site Cluster --> Crete Site Cluster (toolbar)

Create a Site Cluster.

Add a Cluster Ring

Creates an additional Cluster Ring in the selected Site Cluster configuration. Having two cluster rings per site cluster is highly recommended.

Navigation: Cluster Resource Management --> Site Cluster --> Add Cluster Ring (toolbar)

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Create a Storage Pool

Select the disks and configuration settings to create a new storage pool designed for your application and/or virtual machine workloads.

Navigation: Storage Management --> Storage Pools --> Storage Pool --> Create (toolbar)

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Details for Storage Pool.

Create a Pool Group

Associating the storage pool with a High-Availability (HA) Group ensures that the pool will be brought online on the selected secondary system automatically in the event of a system failure. Dual paths to SAS enclosures, disks, and hardware are generally required for HA.

Navigation: Storage Management --> Storage Pools --> Storage Pool HA Resource Group --> Create Group (toolbar)

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Details for High-availability Group.

High-Availability Virtual Interface

High-Availability Virtual Interfaces must be used to access volumes and shares on HA storage pools via iSCSI, NFS, and CIFS/SMB. Use of non-HA interfaces which do not failover can lead to downtime for clients in the event of a failover.

Navigation: Storage Management --> Storage Pools --> Storage Pool HA Resource Group --> Create Group (toolbar)

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Details for High-Availability Virtual Interface.

Scale-out Block Storage Setup

Scale-out File Storage Setup

Scale-out S3 Object Storage Setup

If your primary use case is to setup an object storage cluster with 3x or more QuantaStor servers, start here.

Provisioning File Storage

If your primary use case is to setup your QuantaStor as NAS filer, start here to learn how to provision Network Shares.

Provisioning Block Storage

If your primary use case is to setup your QuantaStor as a SAN, start here to learn how to provision Storage Volumes.

Remote-Replication Setup

Return to the QuantaStor Web Admin Guide