HOW TO CONFIGURE OPENFILER PDF

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As part of setting up Home Lab for virtual environment, we read about installation of Openfiler appliance in the previous article " Installation Guide - Openfiler as Shared Storage for Virtual Environment Lab ".

Let's move on to the configuration part and see how we can manage this appliance for accessing shared storage ESXi Hosts. Please note that it is one time configuration, and you don't have to repeat every time you add a new ESXi Host, unless allocated space on Openfiler storage has been occupied or you are adding Host in new Subnet which is not configured.

Let's take a quick look into the first view of direct console interface of this appliance. You will be able to see it after completing installation which we have explained in Installation Guide. Getting shared storage in ESXi hosts are just few clicks away. Why we are focusing more on to this because when shared storage will be allocated to hosts, you will be able get benefit of vSphere features, i;e High Availability, vMotion, Storage Cluster.

Brief of the tasks which we are going to perform in next clicks are as listed below. It's one time configuration and must required to make use of Openfiler appliance as Shared Storage; either block-level, or file-level. Now, first question may be come in your mind before configuring it is that how to allocate space to this storage appliance. To simplify this, I have segregated it in 5 layers starting from bottom to top as shown in below table.

Let's take a quick insight here. Openfiler appliance deployed as VM in Vmware Workstation. Storage space will be allocated as Virtual Disk through base machine hard disk.

Earlier you created Physical Volumes using disks. Now you have to create Volume Groups using these volumes. See below image for available storage adapters in this ESXi hosts. There is no iSCSI adapter exist in host. To add adapter, follow below steps. Now we are done with configuration of block-level storage. Now let's move to configuration part of File-level storage being shared by Openfiler. To configure this, go back to Openfiler Console and follow below steps.

Thanks for vising here and giving your time to read out this article. Put your queries or inputs in comment box. Taged In Lab Home. Layer 1 Base Machine Base machine running with any client operating system Windows 7, 8. Enter default user id and password as mentioned below.

In below figure, I have added subnet for Now hosts in this subnet will be able to access these shared storage. Initially you will be able to see single disk which has assigned as boot drive.

You will be able to see that disks here in Block Device section. In below case, I have added two additional drives. Now you can use these disks to allocate datastores in ESXi hosts as shared storage.

Before assigning it, you have to perform few more steps mentioned below. Refer to below section " Create a Partition ". Provide required information and Click on Create. Perform same steps for other disk which all are attached to this. Click on Add Volume. Provide required information as shown below. Click Create to proceed. We created one Volume called " vi-datastore " of 20 Gig size. You can create multiple Volumes in single Volume group. Click on Update , and it's ready for access now.

You are just few clicks away before it can be use in ESXi. Click OK. WWN number starting from iqn. Click on Dynamic Discovery tab. Enter Openfiler IP address here and leave default port as Click Close to proceed. If you want to use CHAP authentication, you have to configure it in Openfiler console also, then you can choose here. These options are available for CHAP settings. Click on Yes to reflect the configuration changes. Proceed to add datastores. Review the information and Click Finish to complete.

In below example, we have created three datastores. Now these block level iSCSI datastores are ready to use to store files.

Provide share name e;g Share Click on Create Sub-folder. Now make it share by clicking on Folder. It will prompt a window, click on Make Share. Click on Update. Be social and share if you liked this post. Thanks for visiting here. Share this article if you found it useful. Share this on Social Media. Follow me. Thank you for visiting my profile. I can be reached via email at pranayjha gmail. Facebook Likes. VMware Insight. All rights reserved. The content is copyright to VMWareInsight.

ESXi hosts are attached to datastores allocated from Openfiler appliance. On top of base machine, you will install Vmware Workstation Type2 Hypervisor. Base machine running with any client operating system Windows 7, 8.

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I have added a subnet for Now hosts in this subnet will be able to access this shared storage. Refresh the console once you have added additional disks in the appliance. You will be able to see that disks here in the Block Device section. In the below case, I have added an additional drive. Now you can use this disk to allocate datastores on ESXi hosts as shared storage. Earlier you created Physical Volumes using disks.

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How to install and configure openfiler

Using Openfiler is a great way to save some money on expensive SANs and for home lab testing and learning, this choice is just great. Just temporarily, until I build my own lab. See the schema below. If you want another version like x64 or ISO image just go to this url and choose the version you need. I know the performances will not be excellent but to test all this stuff it'll be just fine. There is some good documentation about the actual architecture of Openfiler you can have look here.

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As part of setting up Home Lab for virtual environment, we read about installation of Openfiler appliance in the previous article " Installation Guide - Openfiler as Shared Storage for Virtual Environment Lab ". Let's move on to the configuration part and see how we can manage this appliance for accessing shared storage ESXi Hosts. Please note that it is one time configuration, and you don't have to repeat every time you add a new ESXi Host, unless allocated space on Openfiler storage has been occupied or you are adding Host in new Subnet which is not configured. Let's take a quick look into the first view of direct console interface of this appliance. You will be able to see it after completing installation which we have explained in Installation Guide.

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