Setting Up the HyperScale X Reference Architecture Nodes With Redundant Networking (Active Backup or LACP)

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HyperScale X Reference Architecture can be setup with bonded interfaces using 4 10GigE ports per node as follows:

  • 2 bonded ports for Data Protection

  • 2 bonded ports for internal Storage Pool traffic

With active backup, the interfaces are bonded for redundancy (or fault tolerance mode). Only one interface works at a moment and the other one will work when the first one fails.

Optional Production Network for clients can be used to segregate production traffic from the backup traffic. When this network is not available, all production and backup traffic traverses the same network.

Before You Begin

Procedure

  1. Open a Web browser from any computer that can connect to the nodes.

  2. Type the IP address associated with any one of the nodes.

    For example: http://10.1.5.21

    Tip: Use http instead of https.

  3. The login dialog box is displayed.

    1. Type root as the Username and cvadmin as the Password.

    2. Click Login.

  4. The Provide Node Information page is displayed.

    Note:

    • The Node 1, Node 2, and Node 3 tabs displays the serial numbers associated with each node.

    • All the network interfaces in the hardware is displayed. Typically, for a standard hardware, a total of 6 interfaces are displayed for each node. This includes 2x1 GigE interfaces (interfaces 1 and 2), and 4x10 GigE interfaces (interfaces 4, 5, 6, and 7). Interfaces 3 and 5 are typically associated with the public data protection network, while interfaces 4 and 6 are typically associated with the private storage pool network.

    • Hover the cursor over the check box associated with the interface to display the network capacity and other information associated with the interface.

    1. In the Root password and Confirm password boxes, type a new root password for the nodes.

      Note: The password must not contain \ (backslash), ' (single quote), and blank spaces.

    2. Verify the Data Protection network using the following steps:

    1. Select and enable the check box associated with bond1.

      Tip: Hover the cursor over the check box associated with the interface. Use the Mac Address to identify the interfaces associated with a NIC.

    2. Verify and validate the IP Address and Netmask addresses using the data collected in the Pre-Installation Checklists.

      If necessary, edit the information to make sure that the IP addresses are provided.

    3. From the Network Type list, select CommServe registration.

    4. Repeat the above steps in Node 2 and Node 3 tabs.

    1. Setup the Storage Pool network for the nodes as follows:

    1. Clear the check box associated with with bond1.

    2. Select and enable the check box associated with bond2.

      Tip: Hover the cursor over the check box associated with the interface. Use the Mac Address to identify the interfaces associated with a NIC.

    3. Verify and validate the IP Address and Netmask addresses using the data collected in the Pre-Installation Checklists.

      If necessary, edit the inforation to make sure that the IP addresses are provided.

    4. From the Network Type list, select StoragePool.

    5. Repeat the above steps in Node 2 and Node 3 tabs.

    1. Click Next Step.

  5. The Provide Network Information page is displayed.

    1. In the Default Gateway box, type the IP address associated with the Data Protection gateway.

    2. Click the Add DNS link and add the IP address associated with the Default Gateway.

      Optional: If you have additional DNS Servers, click the Add DNS link to add additional DNS servers.

    3. Click Next.

      The setup process validates the network information and will take some time to complete.

  6. The CommServe Information page is displayed.

    Note: If the CommServe is located behind a firewall, you must perform additional steps to connect to the CommServe. For more information, see Connecting To a CommServe Behind a Firewall During Setup

    1. In the CommServe hostname (FQDN) box, enter the name (FQDN) of the existing CommServe computer.

    2. In the Username and Password boxes, enter the credentials that must be used to access the CommServe server.

    3. Click Save.

      The software will start the installation process.

      The MediaAgent software will be installed in the nodes . This process may take some time (approximately 45 minutes) to complete.

      You can monitor the progress using the progress bar.

      Caution: Do not reboot or stop the installation during this process.

  7. The completion message will be displayed.

What to Do Next

Create a new storage pool using the nodes that were setup. For more information, see Creating a New Storage Pool.