QuantaStor Installation Checklist


Main points to check before starting a QuantaStor install.



1. Verify that you have active network connections that have IP's assigned to them and are routable.
This includes reserving any IPs that will be needed for VIFs.

2. Verify all controllers and JBODs are connected and functioning.

3. Verify you have a console or IPMI port configured to remotely access the console.
This is especially important for triage of connectivity and network issues.

4. Boot Order - Before installing QuantaStor from the ISO, two changes must be made to the BIOS.
First the USB or CD/DVD device with the QuantaStor ISO media must be selected as the primary boot device so that the install media loads at the initial install time.

Second, the system disk, (the disk the system will boot to after installation has completed) should be the selected hard disk to boot from and assigned to the second position in the BIOS boot order.
After installation is complete you will need to remove the ISO installation media.

5. Power Save Settings - Make sure that your storage appliance server is set to the "Performance" settings.
You do not want the drives to go into "Power Save" mode as this can cause stability problems.
QuantaStor is not designed to hibernate or sleep like a desktop operating system.

6. Begin the install of the QuantaStor software.

Please reference the document below of more details on the installation steps:


Main points to note during the install:
a. Selecting a hostname
Have a hostname ready for the system.
The first question you will be asked as part of the installation process is what do you want to name the host. By default the name 'quantastor' is given, but you can give the system any valid host name. If you're setting up multiple appliances you should give them each unique names. You can also change the name later through the web management interface using the Storage System Modify dialog.

b. Selecting a network port
Have at least one active network port that can be configured using DHCP or Static IP Address, Subnetmask, and gateway.
The second step in the console level installation process is the selection of which port to use for network communication during the install process. If the new QuantaStor system has a single network interface then it will automatically attempt to configure the using DHCP; if DHCP is not available then standard details will need to be provided (Static IP Address, Subnetmask, and gateway if applicable). If multiple ports are detected a menu will be provided allowing you to choose which interface to use for the management port. The installation process will use the network to try to get more recent versions of packages than those that are on the CD.

c. Selecting the device to install the QuantaStor OS
Note: This will be your main "OS" disk.
The configuration wizard will ask which partitioning scheme to use. We recommend 'Guided installation, use entire disk'. If you are planning to mirror your boot drive (highly recommended) then you'll want to use the Hardware RAID controller's configuration BIOS to create a RAID1 logical drive first.
The next screen will ask you which disk you want to use as the system boot disk, at that point you'll select your RAID1 mirrored system/boot drive.


Insure you have fully reviewed the steps in the QuantaStor installation Guide below:




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