Deploying a services appliance as a Gateway or non-primary Admin Node

When you deploy a services appliance as a Gateway Node or non-primary Admin Node, you use the StorageGRID Appliance Installer included on the appliance.

Before you begin

About this task

To install StorageGRID on a services appliance node:
  • You specify or confirm the IP address of the primary Admin Node and the name of the appliance node.
  • You start the installation and wait as the software is installed.

    Partway through the appliance Gateway Node installation tasks, the installation pauses. To resume the installation, you sign into the Grid Manager, approve all grid nodes, and complete the StorageGRID installation process. The installation of a non-primary Admin Node does not require your approval.

Attention: Do not deploy the SG100 and SG1000 service appliances in the same site. Unpredictable performance might result.
Note: If you need to deploy multiple appliance nodes at one time, you can automate the installation process by using the configure-sga.py Appliance Installation script. You can also use the Appliance Installer to upload a JSON file that contains configuration information.

Automating appliance installation and configuration

Procedure

  1. Open a browser, and enter the IP address for the appliance.
    https://Controller_IP:8443

    The StorageGRID Appliance Installer Home page appears.

  2. In the Primary Admin Node connection section, determine whether you need to specify the IP address for the primary Admin Node.
    If you have previously installed other nodes in this data center, the StorageGRID Appliance Installer can discover this IP address automatically, assuming the primary Admin Node, or at least one other grid node with ADMIN_IP configured, is present on the same subnet.
  3. If this IP address is not shown or you need to change it, specify the address:
    Option Description
    Manual IP entry
    1. Unselect the Enable Admin Node discovery check box.
    2. Enter the IP address manually.
    3. Click Save.
    4. Wait for the connection state for the new IP address to become ready.
    Automatic discovery of all connected primary Admin Nodes
    1. Select the Enable Admin Node discovery check box.
    2. Wait for the list of discovered IP addresses to be displayed.
    3. Select the primary Admin Node for the grid where this appliance Storage Node will be deployed.
    4. Click Save.
    5. Wait for the connection state for the new IP address to become ready.
  4. 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 (Overview tab) in the Grid Manager. If required, you can change the name when you approve the node.
  5. 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.
  6. In the Installation section, confirm that the current state is Ready to start installation of node name into grid with primary Admin Node admin_ip and that the Start Installation button is enabled.
    If the Start Installation button is not enabled, you might need to change the network configuration or port settings. For instructions, see the installation and maintenance instructions for your appliance.
  7. From the StorageGRID Appliance Installer home page, click Start Installation.

    Appliance Installer Home - Install non-primary Admin Node

    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.
  8. If your grid includes multiple appliance nodes, repeat the previous steps for each appliance.