Adding the storage node to the cluster

When you add a node to the cluster or install new drives in an existing node, the drives automatically register as available. You must add the drives to the cluster by using either the Element UI or API before they can participate in the cluster.

About this task

The software version on each node in a cluster must be compatible. When you add a node to a cluster, the cluster installs the cluster version of Element software on the new node as needed.


  1. Select Cluster > Nodes.
  2. Click Pending to view the list of pending nodes.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • To add individual nodes, click the Actions icon for the node you want to add.
    • To add multiple nodes, select the check box of the nodes to add, and then Bulk Actions.
    Note: If the node you are adding has a different version of Element software than the version running on the cluster, the cluster asynchronously updates the node to the version of Element software running on the cluster master. After the node is updated, it automatically adds itself to the cluster. During this asynchronous process, the node will be in a pendingActive state.
  4. Click Add.
    The node appears in the list of active nodes.
  5. From the Element UI, select Cluster > Drives.
  6. Click Available to view the list of available drives.
  7. Do one of the following:
    • To add individual drives, click the Actions icon for the drive you want to add and click Add.
    • To add multiple drives, select the check boxes of the drives to add, click Bulk Actions, and click Add.