What is Openfiler?
Openfiler is an operating system that provides file-based network-attached storage and block-based storage area network.
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.
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.
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
Follow the below screenshots (Click on the image in case you find it hard to read the texts on the image)
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
After that you will get the logon page for openfiler
Your default login credentials will be
Username : openfiler
password : password
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