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…
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.
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.Looking 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.
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.
Up next, discover the DELL EMC UNITY on the network using the “Unity Connection Utility” and setting the IP. Therefor you need a PC.
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.
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.
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”.
The Inital Config starts with the usual introduction and copyright messages.
Next you need to change the ADMIN password and SERVICE password.
Then upload your license file.
next DNS and NTP…
create a first pool of disks…Select the Storage Tiers to use in your pool, in our All-Flash system, of course you don’t have multitiering…then look for the ideal RAID configuration…
Done with the pool
next, you need to enter email settings & support credentials.
To end the initial configuration, you can even already configure iSCSI interfaces and/or NAS server settings.
Done, ready to go !
if you find any typos, well that’s because I wrote this on a friday 😉
If you add more than 12 drives to an EMC AX4-5 Storage Array, you need to install the optional ExpansionTier / Expansion Enabler.
1 From the management host, open an Internet browser.
2 Enter the IP address of an SP in the storage system.
3 Log in to Navisphere Express with the username and password that you specified during the storage system initialization.
4 In the Navisphere Express navigation pane under System, click Software.
5 In the System Software screen, click Upgrade Software.
6 Insert the expansion pack media into the CD/DVD drive on the host from which you are running Navisphere Express.
7 Browse for the expansion tier enabler software file (.ena file), and click Upgrade