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Quick Start Guide: QC Series 4U

IN THIS ARTICLE

Outlines how to install the rails, rack the nodes and create a cluster for QC104, QC208, QC260 and QC360 platforms

REQUIREMENTS

  • Review Qumulo Safety Instructions
  • QC Series 4U hardware
  • Front panel
  • Rack Rails
  • Compatible network cables (fiber or twinax with SFP+)
  • Power Cords
  • Optional: Rail Kit round hole adapters

For additional guidance on cluster configuration and getting started, reference the Qumulo Installation FAQ article for more details.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

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INSTALL THE RAILS

  1. Slide the inner rail in place before installing the rail on the rack.

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  1. Verify the front end of the rail.

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  1. Place the front of the rail into the holes on the rack using the numbers as a guide.

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  1. Hold the lock and place the rear of the rail into the holes using the same numerical placement as the front.
  2. Release to lock the rail in place.

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RACK THE NODES

  1. Place node into the rail system by aligning the rails between the node and the rack.
  2. Release the blue button on the side of the node to slide  the node and rails into the rack.
  3. Tighten the thumbscrew to secure the node in place.

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  1. Insert the included hard drives (HDD) into any open slot on the node.

TIP: For additional details on installing the drives, check out the video available in Qumulo's HDD Field Replacement Unit article

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  1. Attach the network cables using the QC208 Networking Diagrams as a guide and plug in the power cables on the back of the node. For additional details, reference the Qumulo's Networking Best Practices article.

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  1. Connect any one of the nodes to a display, keyboard and mouse.
  2. Turn on the nodes by pressing the power button on the front.

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  1. Check that all drive lights (red, blue, green) illuminate before proceeding to create a cluster.

CREATE A CLUSTER

Review the End User License Agreement, check the box to agree and click Submit.

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1. Setup Cluster

  1. Name the cluster.
  2. Select the nodes for the cluster .
    • If any nodes are missing, verify that the node is currently running and on the same network

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NOTE: The total capacity for the cluster is dynamically updated at the bottom of the page when selecting nodes.

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2. Confirm cluster protection level

The recommended 2 or 3 drive protection level will be selected by default based on the cluster size and node type.

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If Customize Protection Level is displayed, the option is available to increase the resilience of the system by selecting 3 drive protection. Keep in mind that selecting 3 drive protection will result in less capacity for the cluster.

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NOTE: The option for selecting the drive protection level is only available at cluster creation and cannot be changed after the fact.

3. Create a password for your admin account

  1. Type in the password for your admin account.
  2. Retype the password to confirm.
  3. Click Create Cluster.

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To access the dashboard in the Qumulo Core UI remotely, use any node's IP address to connect via web browser.

RESOLUTION

You should now be able to successfully install the rails, rack the nodes and create a cluster for QC104, QC208, QC260 and QC360 platforms

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Qumulo Installation FAQ

Qumulo QC Series 4U Data Sheet

Qumulo Safety Instructions

Qumulo's Networking Best Practices

Create a Qumulo Cluster with 2.7.10 and above

QC208 Networking Diagrams

 

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