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Virtual Isilon Install Guide

Virtual Isilon Install Guide


1 Gather information about your VMware install 1.1 2 Gather information about your VMware install 4

Install the virtual Isilon cluster 2.1 Install and configure the virtual cluster 8

Add the rest of the nodes to the cluster 3.1 Add the rest of the nodes of the cluster 28

Removing virtual Isilon cluster 4.1 Removing the virtual Isilon cluster 31

Running virtual nodes on ESX 5.1 Running virtual nodes on ESX 34

Feedback & Troubleshooting 6.1 Troubleshooting 47

Gather information about your VMware install

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Gather information about your VMware install

Verify that you system is capable of running the virtual version of OneFS
VM nodes are for demo purposes only and are not available for support, questions, or repair by Isilon Global Services. System Requirements: 1. RAM: Must have at least 1 Gigabyte of RAM 2. Must have a VT-capable processor and have the feature enabled in the BIOS 3. HD: Must have at least 17 gigs of free space on the hardrive to run 1 Virtual node, 16G more of space per additional VM 4. VMware Server, Fusion, Workstation or Player installed VMware Player if free and the guide is based on it. Other versions are very similar in configuration. The site for VMware Player is http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

Use this template to collect some network information


Internal Network: IP Range: Netmask: External Network: IP Range: Netmask: Gateway:

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Determine the internal and external ranges to be used

From the command prompt, type ipconfig The network generated for VMnet1 by vmware will become your internal range. In this example, the network 192.168.208. The range I would write down would be 192.168.208.101-192.168.208.109. Anything, but the.1 address is fine. The netmask I would write down is 255.255.255.0 The network generated for VMnet8 by vmware will become your external range. In this example, the network 192.168.47 The range I would write down would be 192.168.47.101-192.168.47.109. Anything but the .1 address is fine The netmask I would write down is 255.255.255.0 The gateway I would write down is 192.168.47.1. The address VMware has created on that

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network is your gateway. Enter this information in the step above.

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Install the virtual Isilon cluster

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Install and configure the virtual cluster


Unzip the Virtual Isilon Node zip file

Rlght-click on the file and choose "Extract All..."

Choose a good location and Click "Extract"

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Once complete you should see a folder that looks something like this in that specified location

Open the folder

You will see several files and folder. Each clone directory will be a virtual node, if you want. You can just run a single node, or you can build a virtual cluster up to 6 nodes.

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Open the clone1 folder and double click on the .vmx file

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VMware software should start

If prompted to install tools, choose not to. The system may prompt you to find the .vmx file. If so, just browse back to the clone1 folder The first boot of the virtual node will take some time.

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When prompted to format the drives, type yes and hit return

This is when the virtual drives in the clone directory will start to consume 16G of space.

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Once the node is done, configure your cluster as any other cluster

Choose 1 to create a new cluster

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Complete first steps of wizard

1. Set the root password 2. Set the admin password 3. Do NOT enable SupportIQ 4. Set a cluster name

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Continue Wizard

1. Choose the encoding 2. Choose to configure the netmast 3. Set the netmask for the internal network

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Configure the internal network

1. Choose 3 to configure the ranges 2. Choose 1 to Add an IP Range 3. Enter the lowest IP in the range 4. Enter the hight IP in the range You numbers will most likely be different that what is here.

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Continue the internal network configuration

1. Press enter to Keep the current IP ranges 2. Press enter to Keep the current configuration 3. Choose 1 to configure the external network

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Configure the external network

1. Choose 1 to Configure the netmask 2. Enter the netmask for the external network 3. Choose 3 to Configure the external IP ranges

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Continue the external network configuration

1. Choose 1 to Add an IP Range 2. Enter the lowest IP in the range 3. Enter the hight IP in the range 4. Press enter to Keep the current IP ranges 5. Press enter to Keep the current configuration You numbers will most likely be different that what is here.

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Continue the external network configuration

1. Set the Gateway 2. Press enter to Keep the current SmartConnect settings (This can be setup later if needed) You numbers will most likely be different that what is here.

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Continue Wizard

1. Press enter to Keep current DNS settings 2. Press enter to Exit configuring external network 3. Press enter to Keep the current date and time. (VMware takes the time from your host computer. You can set a timezone and time if you like) 4. Press enter to Keep the current join mode of Manual

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Configure configuration and continue

Press enter to to commit these changes. If anything is wrong, you can type back and return as many times as needed to go back in the wizard to make changes. It make take a few minutes before the node finishes the configuration and is available.

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This is not uncommon to see on the console

Now the node is up, you can ssh or use the web interface to make use of it.

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Connect to the web interface

Enter the first IP address in the external range that you configured. You will see a warning. It is safe to click Continue.

Now you can login as root or admin

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Some warning will be on the system, this is expected

It's be to quiet the event

You can go to Status > Events > Summary You should see a warn related to the fact that the virtual machine only has 4 drive and real nodes have at least 12. Click the Quiet link to get rid of the warning. You wil have to do this will each virtual node you add.

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SSH to the virutal node will also work

Enter the lowest IP address that you configured for the external range

Login as root

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Add the rest of the nodes to the cluster

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Add the rest of the nodes of the cluster


Adding the rest of the nodes is optional
Just running a single node can be very useful, but a full three or six node cluster allows for more testing and experimentation For each additional node you want to join to the cluster, explorer to the clone2,3,4,5,or 6 folder and double click on the .vmx file. You will again have to type yes to formatting the drives Most laptops will only be able to support a three node cluster. Please note that adding nodes to the cluster will continue to take more CPU, RAM and Disk space

Adding the node to the cluster

Once the clone is booted up and formatted: 1. Choose 2 to Join an existing cluster 2. Choose 1 to join your cluster

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Once done, that node will be part of the cluster

Join as many of the remainig nodes as you want following the previous steps

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Removing virtual Isilon cluster

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Removing the virtual Isilon cluster


Power off all the virtual nodes

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Delete the directory with all the virtual nodes

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Running virtual nodes on ESX

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Running virtual nodes on ESX


To run virtual nodes on an ESX server, they must be coverted with the converter tool from VMware. Use the Converter tool for vCenter or download and install VMware vCenter Converter Standalone. Both are free and I will use the standalone in the example below

Run the tools and click "Convert Machine"

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For the source choose "VMware Workstation or other VMware virtual machine"

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Choose Browse

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Browse to the .vmx file in the .vga directory, NOT in the clone directories

If you accidently do use a clone directory, it just won't work.

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Continue in the wizard

Click "Next"

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Enter the information for the ESX server that will host this VM

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Choose a name for the Virtual Machine and continue

Click Next

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Optionally choose a datastore and continue

Click Next

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On the options screen you may want to change the networks and continue

If a network change is needed, click Edit next to the Networks section Click Next when done

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Click Finish to convert

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The task will then start

The time estimates can be way off.

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Once complete, the VM can now be powered on

One you have the VM on your ESX server, if you want to run more than one node, you will then just convert it to a template and create new VMs from that template

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Feedback & Troubleshooting

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Troubleshooting
This product is not supported by EMC Support. For any questions or feedback on this tool, please make use of the EMC Community Network. http://community.emc.com Here is a link to the Isilon Forum that can be used to ask questions about the virtual Isilon nodes https://community.emc.com/community/support/isilon_support_forum

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