Configuring a storage node

You must configure individual nodes before you can add them to a cluster. When you install and cable a node in a rack unit and power it on, the terminal user interface (TUI) displays the fields necessary to configure the node. Ensure that you have the necessary configuration information for the node before proceeding.

Alternatively, you can configure these settings by accessing the node via the Element UI using the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) 1G management IP address displayed in the TUI. The DHCP address is located in the menu bar at the top of the TUI.

You cannot add a node with DHCP assigned IP addresses to a cluster. You can use the DHCP IP address to initially configure the node in the Element UI, TUI, or API. During this initial configuration, you can add the static IP address information so that you can add the node to a cluster.

After initial configuration, you can access the node using the node's management IP address. You can then change the node settings, add it to a cluster, or use the node to create a cluster. You can also configure a new node using Element software API methods.

Note: Beginning in Element version 11.0, nodes can be configured with IPv4, IPv6, or both addresses for their management network. This applies to both storage nodes and management nodes, except for management node 11.3 and later which does not support IPv6. When you create a cluster, only a single IPv4 or IPv6 address can be used for the MVIP and the corresponding address type must be configured on all nodes.