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    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    How to install openfiler in CentOS 6.2 Linux

    Before starting installation steps I would like to give a brief intro on


    What is Openfiler?


    Openfiler is an operating system that provides file-based network-attached storage and block-based storage area network.


    Hardware Requirements


    Minimal
    Openfiler needs at least a 500 MHz CPU, 256 MB of RAM, 10 GB hard disk space (8 GB for OS installation and 2 GB for swap space), an optical drive (for local installation) and an Ethernet like network interface.

    Optimal
    A 64 bit processor with 1.6 GHz or more, 2 GB of RAM, 10 GB of hard disk space (8 GB for OS installation plus 2 GB for swap space) and a hardware RAID disk array controller is recommended for optimal performance.

    You can get more update on feature of openfile on the wiki page

    Let me show you step by step instructions to set up a new machine with openfiler. Now this machine can be a physical machine as well as a virtual machine. Generally in my case I use openfiler for test purposes on my virtual machines.


    You can download the iso file for openfiler free of cost from their official website
    https://www.openfiler.com/community/download

    Follow the below screenshots (Click on the image in case you find it hard to read the texts on the image)

    Insert the iso file and boot your machine from the iso and follow the instructions

    Click Next to start the installation


    Select your preferred Language which for me is US English


    Select Yes to format the selected Hard Disk


    Select "Create custom layout" from the drop down menu as shown below and click on Next


    Create a custom layout of your partition system.

    NOTE: Make sure that you leave free space which will be used for storage purpose(iSCSI, Fiber, etc..) using openfiler


     Select the default primary partition. I most cases it will automatically detect the root partition


    Configure your network and provide a proper hostname in the below section.


    Select your continent and region for the date and time settings as in my case it is Asia/Kolkatta


    Provide a root password for your machine


    Click on Next to start the installation process


    Once the installation is completed click on Reboot


    So once the machine is rebooted you can see the ip address of the machine and the format which you have to use to access openfiler using client machine browser.


    Go to the browser and type you machine ip address which for mine is
    https://10.10.20.46:446

    Now since you are trying to access a https page, you will be prompted for security certificate authentication by the browser as shown below

    Click on Proceed anyway

    After that you will get the logon page for openfiler

    Your default login credentials will be
    Username : openfiler
    password   : password



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    2 comments:

    1. Does OpenFiler OSE 2.99 still include the older iscsi target without the scsi reservations? Last I heard, the plan was to leave old older daemon in the OSE and charge for the newer daemon in the CE. Since this had huge performance issues for cluster configs, it turned-out easier for us to just install Centos, configure tgtd and migrate off our OF box.

      Easier setting it up from scratch? No, but easier support when the cluster stays up! :-)

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      1. Hi,

        Even I have very limited knowledge on this but I just went through the OF website and yes, iSCSI Target is NOT available in OSE 2.99 and has been moved to OCE.

        For using tgtd one has to be prepared completely to use CLI as most prefer GUI over CLI for these configurations.

        But again as they say "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" ... opting for Linux should bring Love for CLI automatically :-)

        Regards
        Deepak

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