Deploying a services appliance as a primary Admin Node

When you deploy a services appliance as a primary Admin Node, you use the StorageGRID Appliance Installer included on the appliance to install the StorageGRID software, or you upload the software version you want to install. You must configure and deploy the primary Admin Node before you deploy any other appliance node types. Only one primary Admin Node is allowed per grid.

Before you begin

About this task

A primary Admin Node can connect to the Grid Network, the Admin Network, and the Client Network.

To deploy a services appliance as the primary Admin Node in a StorageGRID system:
  • You use the StorageGRID Appliance Installer to install the StorageGRID software. If you want to install a different version of the software, you first upload it using the StorageGRID Appliance Installer.
  • You use the Grid Manager to complete the installation process and deploy the appliance as the primary Admin Node for a grid.


  1. Open a browser, and enter one of the IP addresses for the appliance.

    The StorageGRID Appliance Installer Home page appears.

    Appliance Primary Admin Node Installation

  2. In the This Node section, select Primary Admin (with Load Balancer).
    Note: All Admin Nodes (and Gateway Nodes) include the Load Balancer service. You can choose whether you want to implement load balancing for a particular node.
  3. In the Node name field, enter the name you want to use for this appliance node, and click Save.
    The node name is assigned to this appliance node in the StorageGRID system. It is shown on the Nodes page in the Grid Manager.
  4. Optionally, to install a different version of the StorageGRID software, follow these steps:
    1. Download the installation archive from the NetApp Downloads page for StorageGRID.
    2. Extract the archive.
    3. From the StorageGRID Appliance Installer, select Advanced > Upload StorageGRID Software.
    4. Click Remove to remove the current software package.

      Appliance Installer - Remove Current Software
    5. Click Browse for the software package you downloaded and extracted, and then click Browse for the checksum file.

      Appliance Installer - Upload SG Software
    6. Select Home to return to the Home page.
  5. Confirm that the current state is "Ready to start installation of primary Admin Node name with software version x.y" and that the Start Installation button is enabled.
  6. Click Start Installation.

    The Current state changes to "Installation is in progress," and the Monitor Installation page is displayed.

    Note: If you need to access the Monitor Installation page manually, click Monitor Installation from the menu bar.

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    The blue status bar indicates which task is currently in progress. Green status bars indicate tasks that have completed successfully.
    Note: The installer ensures that tasks completed in a previous install are not re-run. If you are re-running an installation, any tasks that do not need to be re-run are shown with a green status bar and a status of "Skipped."
  7. Review the progress of the first two installation stages.
    1. Configure storage
    The installer configures host settings. If there is an existing configuration, that configuration is cleared first.
    2. Install OS
    The installer copies the base operating system image for StorageGRID to the appliance.
  8. Monitor the additional installation stage for primary Admin Nodes.

    During installation of an appliance primary Admin Node, an additional stage appears after stage 2. If the stage is in progress for more than 10 minutes, refresh the web page manually.

    Appliance Installer primary Admin Node step

  9. Go to the Grid Manager and follow the prompts to complete the following installation procedures:
    • Specify license information
    • Add sites
    • Specify Grid Network subnets
    • Approve pending grid nodes
    • Specify Network Time Protocol server information
    • Specify Domain Name System server information
    • Specify system passwords
    • Review the configuration and complete the installation