Accessing the StorageGRID Appliance Installer

You must access the StorageGRID Appliance Installer to configure the connections between the appliance and the three StorageGRID Webscale networks: the Grid Network, the Admin Network (optional), and the Client Network (optional).

Before you begin

About this task

To initially access the StorageGRID Appliance Installer, you can use the DHCP-assigned IP address for the Admin Network port on the SG6000-CN controller (assuming the controller is connected to the Admin Network), or you can connect a service laptop directly to the SG6000-CN controller.

Steps

  1. If possible, use the DHCP address for the Admin Network port on the SG6000-CN controller to access the StorageGRID Appliance Installer.

    Admin Network port on the SG6000-CN controller
    1. Locate the MAC address label on the front of the SG6000-CN controller, and determine the MAC address for the Admin Network port.
      The MAC address label lists the MAC address for the BMC management port.

      To determine the MAC address for the Admin Network port, you must add 2 to the hexadecimal number on the label. For example, if the MAC address on the label ends in 09, the MAC address for the Admin Port would end in 0B. If the MAC address on the label ends in (y)FF, the MAC address for the Admin Port would end in (y+1)01. You can easily make this calculation by opening Calculator in Windows, setting it to Programmer mode, selecting Hex, typing the MAC address, then typing + 2 =.

    2. Provide the MAC address to your network administrator, so they can look up the DHCP address for the appliance on the Admin Network.
    3. From the client, enter this URL for the StorageGRID Appliance Installer: http://SG6000-CN_Controller_IP:8080
      For SG6000-CN_Controller_IP, use the DHCP address.

      The StorageGRID Appliance Installer Home page appears. The information and messages shown when you first access this page depend on how your appliance is currently connected to StorageGRID Webscale networks. Error messages might appear that will be resolved in later steps.
      Screen shot of the top part of the StorageGRID Webscale Appliance Installer home page

  2. If you cannot obtain an IP address using DHCP, you can use a link-local connection.
    1. Connect a service laptop directly to the rightmost RJ-45 port on the SG6000-CN controller, using an Ethernet cable.

      Location of Management Port for SG6000-CN
    2. Open a web browser on the service laptop.
    3. Enter this URL for the StorageGRID Appliance Installer: http://169.254.0.1:8080

      The StorageGRID Appliance Installer Home page appears. The information and messages shown when you first access this page depend on how your appliance is currently connected.

      Note: If you cannot access the Home page over a link-local connection, configure the service laptop IP address as 169.254.0.2, and try again.
  3. Review any messages displayed on the Home page and configure the link configuration and the IP configuration, as required.