Installation overview

Installing a StorageGRID system in a VMware environment includes three primary steps.

  1. Preparation: During planning and preparation, you perform the following tasks:
    • Learn about the hardware, software, virtual machine, network, storage, and performance requirements for StorageGRID.
    • Identify and prepare the physical servers you plan to use to host your StorageGRID grid nodes.
    • On the servers you have prepared:
      • Install VMware vSphere Hypervisor
      • Configure the ESX hosts
      • Install and configure VMware vSphere and vCenter
  2. Deployment: Deploy grid nodes using the VMware vSphere Web Client. When you deploy grid nodes, they are created as part of the StorageGRID system and connected to one or more networks.
    1. You use the VMware vSphere Web Client, a .vmdk file, and a set of .ovf file templates to deploy the virtual nodes as virtual machines (VMs) on the servers you prepared in Step 1.
    2. You use the StorageGRID Appliance Installer to deploy StorageGRID appliance nodes.
  3. Configuration: When all nodes have been deployed, you use the StorageGRID Grid Manager to configure the grid and complete the installation.

This document recommends a standard approach for deploying and configuring a StorageGRID system in a VMware environment. It also provides information about the following alternative approaches: