Building a Virtualized Testbed on the Cheap - Part II: OpenFiler Installation

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Building a Virtualized Testbed on the Cheap - Part II: OpenFiler Installation

by Andrew Garcia

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Install 1

Booting to CD brings up the Linux install screen. Select Graphic Mode, skip media check, select English for language.

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Disk Setup 1

In my installation, I had a small disk (hda) on which I used to install OpenFiler, with a larger array (hdb) that I would use for iSCSI data. As shown here, I made sure to only include and format only the small disk at this time.

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Disk Setup 2

Verifying that both drives were configured as I wanted.

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Network Settings

To ease ESXi configuration later, I wanted OpenFiler to have a static address. Edit Network Devices, uncheck DHCP configuration, enter static IP address and subnet mask. Click OK, then enter the Hostname, gateway and DNS.

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Root Password

After setting the time zone, I needed to set a root password for the OS. This is not the same password you will need later to configure OpenFiler.

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OpenFiler Install Complete

Installation will complete after a few minutes. Remove the install CD and reboot the machine.

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OpenFiler Ready to Go

After reboot, OpenFiler is managed entirely via a Web browser. Record the management address and port (for example https://openfileripaddress:446). At this point, you no longer need a monitor or keyboard attached to OpenFiler server.

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