Working as a Technical Consultant at Tech Data Belgium, I got the change to do the first unboxing & configuration of our very own PowerStore 3000T demo unit. This appliance will be available for Demo, POC & testing to our partners.
The Dell EMC PowerStore 3000T consists of 2 redundant nodes and lots of NVMe power. PowerStore can scale-up with more capacity and scale-out with extra appliances in the cluster.
1. Let’s get physical
1.1 Power & Network
Each node has 1 powersupply to feed & 3 network cables to start with with 1 UTP going to the management port and 2 UTP’s to go into Port 0 & 1 of the Mezz card. Our demo systems has BaseT, but this can also be 10/25 Gbs Fibre Optical with SFP+.
The boot sequence will take a couple of minutes before the appliance discovery can take place. At first it will sound like a plane taking off but after a couple of minutes the volume goes down.
1.3 Find the tag in the front between the disks
2. Discovery & Configuration
2.1 Run PowerStore Discovery Utility (download from support.dell.com)
The Discovery tool uses the IDN network and uses the Zeroconf networking capabilities. Make sure all other network interfaces are disabled before running the tool.
If PowerStore Discovery Utility cannot be used, you can also do a direct-connect inital config. Therefor you will have to direct attach your laptop with the service lan port and use an ip in the same range as the one you need to connect to: 188.8.131.52
2.2 Login to PowerStore Manager to configure the appliance
Login with default credentials
Password Change required
Provide a clustername & choose between BLOCK-only or UNIFIED
Configure the Management Network by assigning 1 ip address to the cluster and 3 extra IP’s.
Storage Network requires a seperate vlan for Storage network.
When doing this on PowerStore X, you need more free ip addresses and also will have to configure the vmotion network.
Add the DNS & NTP server information.
The next screen you will be able to validate the information before starting the configuration process.
By selecting “View Full Details” you get the overview of your input. Please verify carefully before proceeding.
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And then the PowerStore Cluster is configured and ready to go !
2.3 Your first Login to the PowerStore Manager gui
use your PowerStore credentials
more info: https://www.dell.com/powerstoredocs
In the next few days I will add some hosts and assign volumes.
to be continued….