Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Nimble Storage Setup - So Easy, Even *I* Can Do It! - Part II

Hi Friends,

Hope you had a great weekend!  I spent mine doing my favorite thing, being a slug.  Today's blog is Part II of Nimble Storage Setup - So Easy, Even *I* Can Do It!  In the last blog I showed you how to get the Nimble array on the network and I ended telling you the next blog would cover volume creation...  Well, I lied. :-)  Today's topic is setting up data networks, DNS, Time, and other good stuff.  Sorry about that, I'll get to volume creation soon!

Okay, enough groveling.  Now that you've got your Nimble array on your network, let's do some advanced setup steps!

1.  Open up an internet browser and type in the address you gave the management network for the Nimble array.  You'll be greeted by a Nimble Storage widow, enter in the password you gave the array.

2.  Now, choose how you'd like to setup your network.  Choose wisely....  Nah, just kidding, you can always change things later!

3.  First enter in the IP address you'd like to use iSCSI to discover all of your volumes on and the subnet mask.  For the other ports you've got lots of choices, but here I'm using a private network only for data.  If you want to use jumbo frames, here's where you set it.  Next give the array a couple of IP addresses for diagnostic purposes.

4.  Enter in the domain name your array will be part of and DNS servers to use.

5.  Select the time zone your array is in and the NTP server you'd like it to get it's time from.

6.  Let's talk support.  We've got a great group of people here waiting to help you out if you need it and your array has the ability to call home when it's not happy, let us help you!  In this screen you enter who's emailing, who receives the emails, what SMTP server, whether to use http proxy to send the emails and most importantly to send Nimble Support an email.

7.  That's it!  Now you're ready to start carving up storage.

I hope you enjoyed today's blog!  Tomorrow, hopefully, I'll be showing you how to carve up those volumes!

Until Next Time!

Nimble Storage Setup - So Easy, Even *I* Can Do It! - Part I
Nimble Storage Setup - So Easy, Even *I* Can Do It! - Part III
Nimble Storage Setup - So Easy, Even *I* Can Do It! - Part IV

1 comment:

  1. Management is receptive and helpful. I have been renting a unit here for almost a year, and am always happy with the friendliness of the staff and the cleanliness of the building. I like that every single experience I have had with them was a positive one.