Starting StorageGRID Webscale appliance installation

To install StorageGRID Webscale on an appliance Storage Node, you use the StorageGRID Webscale Appliance Installer, which is included on the appliance.

Before you begin

For instructions for completing these prerequisite tasks, see the Hardware Installation and Maintenance Guide.

About this task

To install StorageGRID Webscale on an appliance Storage Node:
  • You specify or confirm the IP address of the primary Admin Node and the name of the Storage Node.
  • You start the installation and wait as volumes are configured and the software is installed.
  • Partway through the appliance installation tasks, the installation pauses. To resume the installation, you sign into the Grid Management Interface, approve all pending grid nodes, and complete the StorageGRID Webscale installation process.
Note: If you need to deploy multiple StorageGRID Webscale appliance Storage Nodes at one time, you can automate the installation process by using the configure-sga.py Appliance Installation Script.

Steps

  1. Open a browser, and enter one of the IP addresses for the compute controller.
    http://Controller_IP:8080

    The StorageGRID Webscale Appliance Installer Home page appears.

  2. In the Primary Admin Node connection section, determine whether you need to specify the IP address for the primary Admin Node.
    If you have previously installed other nodes in this data center, the StorageGRID Webscale Appliance Installer can discover this IP address automatically, assuming the primary Admin Node, or at least one other grid node with ADMIN_IP configured, is present on the same subnet.
  3. If this IP address is not shown or you need to change it, specify the address:
    Option Description
    Manual IP entry
    1. Unselect the Enable Admin Node discovery check box.
    2. Enter the IP address manually.
    3. Click Save.
    4. Wait for the connection state for the new IP address to become ready.
    Automatic discovery of all connected primary Admin Nodes
    1. Select the Enable Admin Node discovery check box.
    2. Wait for the list of discovered IP addresses to be displayed.
    3. Select the primary Admin Node for the grid where this appliance Storage Node will be deployed.
    4. Click Save.
    5. Wait for the connection state for the new IP address to become ready.
  4. In the Node name field, enter the name you want to use for this Storage Node, and click Save.
    The node name is assigned to this Storage Node in the StorageGRID Webscale system. It is shown on the Grid Nodes page in the Grid Management Interface.
  5. In the Installation section, confirm that the current state is "Ready to start installation of node name into grid with Primary Admin Node admin_ip" and that the Start Installation button is enabled.
    If the Start Installation button is not enabled, you might need to change the network configuration or port settings. For instructions, see the Hardware Installation and Maintenance Guide.
  6. From the StorageGRID Webscale Appliance Installer home page, click Start Installation.

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    The Current state changes to "Installation is in progress," and the Monitor Installation page is displayed.

    Note: If you need to access the Monitor Installation page manually, click Monitor Installation from the menu bar.
  7. If your grid includes multiple StorageGRID Webscale appliance Storage Nodes, repeat these steps for each appliance.
    Attention: If you are deploying multiple appliance Storage Nodes at one time, monitor the resources on the primary Admin Node, which serves large installation files to each appliance Storage Node.