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Dell EMC Powerstore 3000T installation

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+.

1.2 Powerup

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:

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.

Let’s continue… next next next

The last step is to connect CloudIQ, the online platform that combines Machine Intelligence and Human Intelligence to provide storage administrators with the intel they need to take quick action and morre efficiently manage their Dell EMC environment. Reduce risk, plan ahead and improve productivity.

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….

Dell EMC Unity unboxing

This week we received our Dell EMC Unity (all-flash) demo machine.
Some time ago I already certified to perform EMC Unity implementations and in the meantime I already went onsite with customers to install several boxes.

Unity is SIMPLE, Unity is MODERN, Unity is AFFORDABLE, Unity is FLEXIBLE and therefor the ideal unified storage offering from EMC, now DELL EMC for mid-market today.
You get a flexible storage systems for SAN, NAS. You get things like snapshots, replication, thin provisioning, file, block, vvols, encryption, autotiering, fast cache…. you get a flashy front and some blue flashing lights 😉

With this article I want to show you how the EMC Unity arrives and what’s next, so let’s start…

  1. First there was a box, only 1 box (except if you order extra disk enclosures of course).
    Inside a flat box containing power cables, front bezel, some labels, tie wraps and a quick-start.
    Below all of that, the actual EMC UNITY wrapped and protected in plastic.tla-unity-1tla-unity-2
  2. There you have it, all unwrapped, on the desk in front of you.
    This demo machine is the ALL-FLASH version with 10x400GB 2.5″ flash drives with 12Gbs SAS back-end connections.tla-unity-4tla-unity-6Looking at the back of this demo machine, we see Storage Processor B on top, Storage Processor A at the bottem, both containing builtin 2x10Gbs RJ45 Ethernet, the Converged Network Adapter with 2x10Gbs Optical Ethernet and 1 IO Flex module with 2x16Gbs Fibre Channel and still 1 slot availble for extra connectivity.
    As you can see, I couldn’t wait and already put in some power cables to give it a go.tla-unity-5
  3. The system comes with a Quick-Start guide which will guide you through the simple process to get the system on the network ready for the final configuration.
    The quick-start provides you with very clear instructions how to put the EMC UNITY in the rack, where to put in the management network cables and which tool to use to perform the basic config (setting the IP) and which admin password to use.tla-unity-8
  4. Up next, discover the DELL EMC UNITY on the network using the “Unity Connection Utility” and setting the IP. Therefor you need a PC.tla-unity-12
  5. The Unity Connection Utility you can download from the EMC website. A very easy small tool to get you up2speed with the system. First it discovers the Unity on the network, next you put in IP address settings and a few clicks and minutes later you are able to login to the management webpage, based on HTML5.tla-unity-15tla-unity-16tla-unity-17tla-unity-18
  6. Here you go, the login page… clean and minimalistic, the way I like it. The quick-start guide provides you with the default password to use, keep it mind that you will be asked to change it.tla-unity-19
  7. Between the time you ordered the Dell EMC Unity and the actual delivery you should have received notice from EMC containing licensing information for the system. If you are new to Dell EMC, you should have registered an online account.
    It’s not my intention to go into details about all of this, so I presume by now you downloaded the EMC Unity License file which is a requirement to be able to continue the install.
    The file should look like this: “CKM00xxxxxxxxxx_2859253_12-Oct-2016.lic”.
  8. The Inital Config starts with the usual introduction and copyright messages.
  9. Next you need to change the ADMIN password and SERVICE password.
  10. Then upload your license file.
  11. next DNS and NTP…tla-unity-24
  12. create a first pool of disks…tla-unity-26tla-unity-27Select the Storage Tiers to use in your pool, in our All-Flash system, of course you don’t have multitiering…tla-unity-28then look for the ideal RAID configuration…tla-unity-29tla-unity-30tla-unity-31tla-unity-32tla-unity-33
    Done with the pool
  13. next, you need to enter email settings & support credentials.tla-unity-34tla-unity-35
  14. To end the initial configuration, you can even already configure iSCSI interfaces and/or NAS server settings.tla-unity-36
  15. Done, ready to go !tla-unity-38tla-unity-39


if you find any typos, well that’s because I wrote this on a friday 😉