Setting Up the Hedvig Cluster Nodes

Set up the Hedvig Storage Cluster nodes, by installing the CentOS Minimal, assigning hostnames, and then enabling jumbo frames (if supported).

Before You Begin


On each storage cluster node machine:

  1. Create a mirrored volume (RAID-1) on the two SSD’s meant for the OS on each of the nodes. All HDD’s are to remain in the pass-through or JBOD mode.
  2. Mount the downloaded ISO as a virtual media and reboot the server.
  3. Once the server boots from the mounted ISO, select the following options:
    • RAID-1 volume as the destination to install the OS
    • Perform a fresh install (do not preserve old partitions or data).

    Provide the root user password (hedvig by default) twice while the OS packages are installed. This step could take up to 30 minutes after which the server needs to be rebooted.

  4. Once the OS is installed, set the hostname, stop Firewall and Network Manager processes, and make the changes persistent using the following commands:

    hostnamectl set-hostname <private_hostname> --static
    systemctl stop firewalld
    systemctl stop NetworkManager
    chkconfig firewalld off
    chkconfig NetworkManager off

  5. Edit the /etc/sysconfig/selinux file and disable SELinux as follows:


  6. Edit /etc/hosts to reflect entries for each Hedvig server in the cluster.

    The configuration shown in the following example, reflects 3 storage servers and 2 proxies with their respective private IP’s and hostnames.

    Note: Assign hostnames to each of the Hedvig servers based on the private storage network. This can be managed through the /etc/hosts files on all Hedvig servers, including the Deployment server. The Client facing data-protection IP on each Hedvig proxy may be assigned through DNS.

  7. Navigate to /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts directory, and configure bond1 for private storage traffic as shown in the following example:

  8. Reboot the server for the above changes to take effect.
  9. If your network supports jumbo frames end-to-end, enable jumbo frames on the host and on ESXi, following these guidelines. It is recommended to enable jumbo frames, if it is available end-to-end.

    For more information about enabling jumbo frames on ESXi, refer to VMware documentation for jumbo frames.

    1. Log on to each storage cluster node or storage proxy as the root user.

      ssh root@<storage cluster node or storage proxy>

      password: hedvig

    2. To the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ens160 file, add the following entry:


      Important: Do not enter a different value for MTU (maximum transmission unit).

    3. Save the file and exit.
    4. Restart the network.

      systemct1 restart network

    5. Verify that the jumbo frames are enabled end-to-end by running the following command on one of the hosts:

      ping -M do -s <MTU - 28> <remote host>

      For example:

      host1# ping -M do -s 8972 host2

  10. If RHEL is used as the OS, enable RHEL subscription to download software and updates using the following command:

    subscription-manager register --username=<USER_NAME> --password=<PASSWORD> --auto-attach

What to Do Next

Setup the MediaAgent, which can be used as the Hedvig Storage proxies, by installing the OS and the MediaAgent software.

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Setting Up Hedvig Storage Cluster Nodes

Last modified: 10/8/2020 8:25:02 PM