Installation and deployment overview

You can install one or more StorageGRID storage appliances when you first deploy StorageGRID, or you can add appliance Storage Nodes later as part of an expansion. You might also need to install an appliance Storage Node as part of a recovery operation.

Before you begin

Your StorageGRID system is using the required version of StorageGRID software.
Appliance Required StorageGRID version
SG6060 with no expansion shelves 11.1.1 or later
SG6060 with expansion shelves (one or two) 11.3 or later
Note: If you add expansion shelves after the initial deployment, you must use version 11.4 or later.
SGF6024 11.3 or later

Installation and deployment tasks

Adding a StorageGRID storage appliance to a StorageGRID system includes four primary steps:

  1. Preparing for installation:
    • Preparing the installation site
    • Unpacking the boxes and checking the contents
    • Obtaining additional equipment and tools
    • Gathering IP addresses and network information
    • Optional: Configuring an external key management server (KMS) if you plan to encrypt all appliance data. See details about external key management in the instructions for administering StorageGRID.
  2. Installing the hardware:
    • Registering the hardware
    • Installing the appliance into a cabinet or rack
    • Installing the drives
    • Installing optional expansion shelves (model SG6060 only; maximum of two expansion shelves)
    • Cabling the appliance
    • Connecting the power cords and applying power
    • Viewing boot-up status codes
  3. Configuring the hardware:
    • Accessing SANtricity System Manager to configure SANtricity System Manager settings
    • Accessing StorageGRID Appliance Installer, setting a static IP address for management port 1 on the storage controller, and configuring the link and network IP settings required to connect to StorageGRID networks
    • Accessing the baseboard management controller (BMC) interface on the SG6000-CN controller
    • Optional: Enabling node encryption if you plan to use an external KMS to encrypt appliance data.
    • Optional: Changing the RAID mode.
  4. Deploying the appliance as a Storage Node:
    Task Instructions
    Deploying an appliance Storage Node in a new StorageGRID system Deploying an appliance Storage Node
    Adding an appliance Storage Node to an existing StorageGRID system Instructions for expanding a StorageGRID system
    Deploying an appliance Storage Node as part of a Storage Node recovery operation Instructions for recovery and maintenance