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Quick Start Guide: Qumulo C-Series 2U


Outlines how to install the sleds, rack the nodes and create a cluster for Qumulo C-Series 2U platforms


  • Review the Qumulo Safety Instructions
  • Qumulo C-series 192T or 432T hardware
  • Compatible network cables (fiber or twinax)
  • Power Cords
  • Rack Sleds 




Note: Prior to starting the installation, follow the steps provided in the rail installation instructions to remove and install the inner rail onto the chassis.

  1. Verify the installation side of the rack and front end of the sled using the hardware labels.
  2. Press the release lever on the front end while aligning the sled into the holes on the rack.
  3. Release the lever to secure the sled.
  4. Repeat the steps above to install the rear of the sled using the same numerical placement as the front.

Caution: Sleds do not fully extend like other rail systems and are stationary in the racks. Use caution when installing or removing nodes.


  1. Remove the screws on either side of the node that lock the drive trays in place.
  2. Place the back of the node on the sleds and align it with the rails.
  3. Slide the node fully into the rack.
  4. Tighten the two front thumbscrews to secure the node in place.
  5. Press the drawer latch on the front of the node and pull on the drive drawer handle to expose the HDDs.
  6. Insert the drives that shipped with your node in the drawer, connector side first.
    Caution:  When the drive drawer is full, it is very heavy. Adding extra weight (such as resting tools on the drawer) could cause the rails to deform. Further, due to the low clearance between drawers, drives risk being scraped. Do not pull out more than one drawer at a time, and do not push down or pull up while opening the drive bay. If you feel the drawer catching, do not use force—try and correct the level of the drawer so it may pass over the drives beneath
  7. Verify that all HDDs in the driver drawer are fully seated.
  8. Push the drive drawer back into place until the drawer latch clicks.
  9. Repeat steps 4-8 for all three drawers.
  10. Attach the network cables and plug in the power cables on the back of the node. For additional details, reference the Qumulo C-Series Networking article.
    Caution: Do not use the LAN On Motherboard (LOM) ports found to the right of the USB ports. Only use the external NIC ports for the 100Gb connections, as highlighted above.
  11. Connect any one of the nodes to a display, keyboard and mouse.
  12. Turn on the nodes by pressing the power button on the front.


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


Step 1: Set Up Cluster

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


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


Step 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.


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.


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

Step 3: Create a Password for Your Administrative Account

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


To access the dashboard in the Qumulo Core UI remotely, use any node's IP address to connect via web browser. For additional guidance on cluster configuration and getting started, reference the Qumulo Installation FAQ article for more details.


You should now be able to successfully install the sleds, rack the nodes and create a cluster for  Qumulo C-series 2U platforms


Qumulo Safety Instructions

Quick Start Guide: Qumulo C-Series 1U

Qumulo Installation FAQ

Qumulo C-Series Networking

Create a Qumulo Cluster


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