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Navigating the QuantaStor Web Management User Interface

The QuantaStor web management interface enables IT administrators to manage all their QuantaStor systems via a single-pane-of-glass. What's unique about QuantaStor's web interface is that it is storage grid based and built into every system so there's no extra software to install. The grid technology and architecture of QuantaStor enables the web (and REST/CLI) management interface for the grid to be available and accessible via all systems at the same time and by multiple users. No additional software is required, simply connect to any IP address of any system within the grid via HTTPS to connect and manage the storage. Storage grid technology enables management of QuantaStor Systems across sites thereby reducing cost of managing, maintaining, and automating multi-site storage configurations, aka, storage grids.

Tab Sections

When you initially connect to QuantaStor manager you will see the feature management tabs across the top of the screen (shown in the orange box in the diagram below) including tabs named Storage Management, Users & Groups, Remote Replication, etc. These main tabs divide up the user interface into functional sections. The most common activities are provisioning file storage (NAS) in the Network Shares section and provisioning block storage (SAN) in the Storage Volumes section. The most common management and configuration tasks are all accessible from the toolbars and pop-up menus (right-click) in the Storage Management tab.

Ribbon/Toolbar Section

The toolbar (aka ribbon bar, shown in the red box) is just below the features management tab with group sections including Storage System, Network Port, Storage System Grid, etc. The toolbar section is dynamic so as you select different tabs or different sections in the tree stack area the toolbar will automatically change to display relevant options to that area.

Main Tree Stack

The tree stack panel appears on the left side of the screen (shown in the blue box in the screenshot/diagram below) and shows elements of the system in a tree hierarchy. All elements in the tree have menus associated with them that are accessible by right-clicking on the element in the tree.

Center Dashboards & Tables/Grids

The center of the screen typically shows lists of elements based on the selected tree stack section that is active. This area also often has a dashboard to show information about the selected item be it a storage pool, storage system or other element of the system.

Main Tree View & Ribbon-bar / Toolbar

100% Native HTML5/JS with Desktop application ease-of use

By selecting different tabs and sections within the web management interface the items in both the toolbar, tree stack panel, and center panel will change to reflect the available options for the selected area. Although the QuantaStor web UI is all browser native HTML5 it has many of the ease-of-use features one would find in a desktop application. Most notably, one can right-click on most items within the web user interface to access context specific pop-up menus. This includes right-clicking on tree items, the tree stack headers, and items in the center grid/table views.

QuantaStor Web Administration Overview

This guide outlines all of the dialog screens presented in the QuanaStor web management interface and how to use them. This guide is also accessible within the QuantaStor web manager directly by pressing the question mark help button in the upper right hand corner of the web UI (?). Select a topic for more detail on a specific dialog or area of management. Note that for scripting and automation all operations presented via the QuantaStor web management interface are also accessible via the QuantaStor command line interface (CLI) tool (qs) and via REST APIs as outlined in the QuantaStor Developer Guide.

How to Login

The QuantaStor web administration interface is accessible via all major web browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, & Internet Explorer) and has been developed in native HTML5 to be fast and responsive. After a system boots the text mode system console (also accessible via IPMI) will display the public facing IP addresses. On a new unconfigured system the first network port is assigned an IP address via DHCP. Simply select one of the assigned IP addresses and enter it as the address/URL inside your web browser to access the QuantaStor web administration interface.

Configuring a secure connection to the QuantaStor Manager

The Web Administration will support a secure connection when using https:// to connect. By default both types of connections are supported.

Login Screen

QuantaStor Manager Login

The default admin password for QuantaStor is simply 'password'. If you do not enter a password it will assume the default and will attempt to login to the system with 'password'. The administrator user name is simply 'admin'. It is recommended that you change the administrator password the first time you login to the system. If you are having trouble logging in, try hitting the reload button on your browser (Ctrl-F5) or clear your browser cache. Sometimes, especially after an upgrade one may need to clear the browser cache.

About this Guide

The following guide provides details into the various dialog windows used to manage the QuantaStor system. Using the help button (found in the upper right hand corner of each dialog in the QuantaStor web administration interface) on you will be taken directly to the specific page for that dialog within the wiki or you can directly browse the documentation here through the following guide.

Viewing Object Properties

Every item you see in the QuantaStor Manager web interface is internally stored as an 'object' in the scale-out grid management system. All objects have a name and a unique ID (UUID) and several other properties. As an example a Storage Volume is a block device and is accessible via iSCSI so 'iqn' is a property of the Storage Volume. Details like 'iqn' can be viewed via the Properties' pane on the right side of the manager screen or by right-clicking on the object and selecting Properties from the menu. The resulting Properties window also contains a Security tab and a Tags section for assigning user defined custom key/value pairs to objects. Within the security tab, administrators can choose to limit who has access to the particular object.

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Properties Dialog Window

Storage Management Tab

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End User License Agreement

License Key Management

All QuantaStor editions and product features are controlled by license key. If you have a system deployment that requires additional features or capacity your system can be expanded by adding an expansion license to your existing system license. When you add a new license you must activate it within one week after adding it or it will be deactivated. To activate your license simply choose the 'Activate Online' option. Alternatively, if your system does not have internet access you can use the 'Activate via Email' option.

General System Configuration & Management

These core system configuration dialogs include most of the key administrative operations use to initially configure, upgrade, and maintain your system.

Network Interface Management

QuantaStor has a broad set of network management features including bonding/teaming, virtual interfaces and VLANs.

Hardware RAID Controller Management

QuantaStor supports the use of both hardware RAID and software RAID. When used together it provides many advantages both in terms of performance and ease of maintenance. Integrated hardware management modules are built into QuantaStor for LSI MegaRAID, Adaptec, HP SmartArray, Dell PERC, and other controllers. Please see our HCL for a full list of which adapters have integrated hardware management support.

Physical Disk Management

Hard disk drives of all types including SAS, SATA, and SSD appear to your QuantaStor System as disks. Although we use the term physical disk, in cases where hardware RAID is used the physical disk drives are actually logical drives (aka RAID units / virtual disks) coming from the hardware RAID controller. QuantaStor can also be configured to use virtual disks as storage when deployed as a virtual system and can also use storage devices from other storage systems when configured as a gateway system.

Storage Pool Management

A storage pool is a logical grouping of disks into a pool from which volumes (LUNs) and network shares can be provisioned. QuantaStor has support for ZFS, and XFS based storage pools. ZFS based storage pools are the most powerful and the most versatile but XFS based storage pools have some performance advantages for some applications. One a pool is provisioned you can provision storage volumes and network shares using available space in the storage pool.

Network Share Management (CIFS/NFS)

Network shares provide network attached storage (NAS) capabilities. Each network share is provisioned from a specific storage pool so you must first create a pool of storage before provisioning shares. Once created you can control NFS and CIFS access to network shares.

Network Share Namespace Management

Network Shares Namespaces use Microsoft DFS and NFSv4 referrals to provide global namespace capabilities across the grid.

Storage Volume Management (iSCSI/FC LUNs)

Storage volumes (LUNs) are block devices which are made accessible via the iSCSI and/or FibreChannel protocols. Each storage volume is provisioned from a specific Storage Pool on a specific node within a grid of systems. In order to make a storage volume accessible to a host you must first add a Host to the system, then assign the storage to it.

Storage Volume Group Management

Storage volume groups provide a easy way to keep track of volumes when multiple are assigned or utilized for the same host. In cases where the volumes in a group reside within an Advanced storage pool you can also create snapshots of volume groups.

Snapshot Schedule Management

Snapshot schedules can be created to make instant snapshots of volumes for quick and easy recovery and rollback of data. To take advantage of Snapshots you must create a Storage Pool based on the ZFS filesystem which is the default.

Host Dialogs

A host entry must be added for each host that you want to assign storage volumes to. The host entry stores one or more initiator IDs which can include one or more FC WWPN and/or one or more iSCSI initiator IQNs.

Host Group Management

Host groups represent a collection of one or more Hosts. It's a convince object which allows you to group hosts together so that you can assign storage to the group in a single operation rather than having to assign storage to individual hosts which can take more time. Host groups are especially useful for use with VMware clusters and XenServer resource pools as in such cases all hosts in the group require shared access to the same group of disks.

Grid Management

Multiple QuantaStor nodes can be managed as a grid. One node will be assigned to be the primary node.

Users & Groups Tab

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User Management

User Group Management

User Role Management

Multi-tenant Group Management (Resource Groups)

Resource Groups

Provisioning Quotas

Remote Replication Tab

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Remote Replication Configuration

Setting up remote replication links between grid nodes

Managing Remote Replica Associations

Setting up Replication Schedules

Cloud Containers Tab

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Cloud Storage Provider

Cloud Container

Cloud Backup Schedule

Cloud Backup Tab

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Cloud Storage Providers

Cloud Storage Containers

Cloud Backup Schedules