Collecting information about your deployment environment

Before deploying grid nodes, you must collect information about your network configuration and VMware environment.

VMware information

You must access the deployment environment and collect information about the VMware environment; the networks that were created for the Grid, Admin, and Client Networks; and the storage volume types you plan to use for Storage Nodes.

You must collect information about your VMware environment, including the following:

Attention: VMware live vMotion causes the virtual machine clock time to jump and is not supported for grid nodes of any type. Though rare, incorrect clock times can result in loss of data or configuration updates.

Grid Network information

You must collect information about the VMware network created for the StorageGRID Grid Network (required), including:
  • The network name.
  • If you are not using DHCP, the required networking details for each grid node (IP address, gateway, and network mask).
  • If you are not using DHCP, the IP address of the primary Admin Node on the Grid Network. See "How grid nodes discover the primary Admin Node" for more information.

Admin Network information

For nodes that will be connected to the optional StorageGRID Admin Network, you must collect information about the VMware network created for this network, including:
  • The network name.
  • The method used to assign IP addresses, either static or DHCP.
  • If you are using static IP addresses, the required networking details for each grid node (IP address, gateway, network mask).
  • The external subnet list (ESL) for the Admin Network.

Client Network information

For nodes that will be connected to the optional StorageGRID Client Network, you must collect information about the VMware network created for this network, including:
  • The network name.
  • The method used to assign IP addresses, either static or DHCP.
  • If you are using static IP addresses, the required networking details for each grid node (IP address, gateway, network mask).

Storage volumes for virtual Storage Nodes

You must collect the following information for virtual machine-based Storage Nodes:

Grid configuration information

You must collect information to configure your grid:
  • Grid license
  • Network Time Protocol (NTP) server IP addresses
  • Domain Name System (DNS) server IP addresses