VMware: Deploying virtual grid nodes

You must deploy a virtual machine in VMware vSphere for each virtual machine-based grid node included in your expansion.

Before you begin

Steps

  1. Open VMware vSphere client, and sign in.
  2. Navigate to the vApp where you want to deploy the StorageGRID Webscale grid, and select Actions > All vCenter Actions > Deploy OVF Template.
  3. Use the Deploy OVF Template dialog box to deploy the .ovf file for the type of grid node you are deploying.
  4. In the Setup networks page, select the Grid Network, Admin Network, and Client Networks.
    You must specify values for all three networks. If you are not using the Admin and Client Networks, select the Grid Network for all. You can ignore any warning about multiple interfaces mapped to the same network.
  5. Provide the required StorageGRID Webscale information in the Customize Template dialog box, and click Finish.
    If you omit the primary Admin Node IP address, the IP address will be automatically discovered if the primary Admin Node, or at least one other grid node with ADMIN_IP configured, is present on the same subnet. However, it is recommended to set the primary Admin Node IP address here.
  6. Click Next and then Finish to start the upload of the virtual machine.
  7. Assign storage to the virtual machine.
    Attention: The Storage Node OVF provided defines several VMDKs for storage. You should remove these and assign appropriate VMDKs or RDMs for storage before powering up the node. VMDKs are more commonly used in VMware environments and are easier to manage, while RDMs may provide better performance for workloads that use larger object sizes (for example, greater than 100 MB).
  8. Power on the virtual machine.

After you finish

After deploying all new grid nodes, you can perform the expansion.