The Manage NAS application in StorNext Connect provides a series of forms used to configure a NAS cluster. When you configure a NAS cluster, you can specify the NAS gateway(s), directories to export or share, and authentication.
One NAS cluster can be configured from the nodes in a StorNext cluster (workspace). A NAS cluster can be either:
- A one-node or two-node cluster where the server node(s) of an appliance (Xcellis Workflow Director, Artico, or M-series) are the NAS gateway(s)
- One or more gateway appliance nodes (G300 or Xcellis Workflow Extender NAS gateways) managed by an Xcellis Workflow Director or StorNext MDC
To configure an additional NAS cluster, you need an additional StorNext cluster (that is, an appliance to manage each additional NAS cluster). Use the Discover Components application to discover additional StorNext clusters in your environment. See About the Discover Components App for information about the app.
As you configure the cluster, the changes are saved to the StorNext Connect system. Committing the changes saves the changes to the Appliance Controller. If you navigate away from the Manage NAS application before committing changes, you can return to where you left off by clicking in the configuration column (NAS gateways, Shares, or Authentication).
1. Check Compatibility
The StorNext Connect NAS applications rely on the Appliance Controller (StorNext NAS).
See the Appliance Controller Compatibility Guide for supported StorNext NAS configurations.
2. License NAS
A NAS license is required to use this application. If you have not licensed NAS when you first access the Manage NAS application, you will be directed to do so. Licensing NAS is performed in the StorNext GUI.
See License NAS in the StorNext GUI for detailed steps.
3. Enable File Locking
File locking must be enabled on at least one (non-HA shared) StorNext volume (file system). The volume with file locking enabled must be mounted on all of the nodes that will make up the NAS cluster.
See Enable File Locking in the StorNext GUI for detailed steps.
4. Set the NAS VIP
The StorNext Connect system requires routing to a NAS virtual IP (VIP) address. The VIP address entered for NAS failover will determine the network port that is configured and used for NAS traffic. The Manage NAS app selects the fastest network with a netmask that matches the NAS VIP.
5. Create a NAS Cluster
If you have not yet configured NAS, you can begin the process by creating a cluster using the Manage NAS application.
See Create a NAS Cluster in StorNext Connect for detailed steps.
7. Configure Authentication
When you create a NAS cluster using the Manage NAS application, StorNext Connect initially configures the cluster using local authentication with the default sysadmin user. Other supported authentication types include Microsoft Active Directory (ADS), OpenLDAP with Kerberos (LDAP), and OpenLDAP with Samba Schema (LDAPS).
See Configure NAS Authentication for detailed steps for configuring NAS authentication.
The following task overviews outline the processes for managing NAS configuration using the StorNext Connect Manage NAS application.
If your system already has a NAS cluster configuration, the Manage NAS application will identify and import the configuration so that future NAS configuration and NAS monitoring can be done through StorNext Connect. See Import the NAS Configuration into StorNext Connect for detailed information.
You can view a log of the StorNext Connect NAS cluster configuration activity. See View NAS Cluster Activity for detailed information.
After you initially configure a NAS cluster and commit the changes to the Appliance Controller, the cluster is ready for use. However, if needed, you can change some aspects of the cluster. See Edit the NAS Cluster After Initial Configuration for detailed information.
You can update the NAS software from StorNext Connect at the cluster level using Quantum's external upgrade repository. When you update the NAS software, all NAS gateways in the NAS cluster are updated with the available Appliance Controller upgrade. All non-master nodes are updated before the master node completes the update. See Update the NAS Software for detailed information.
The Manage NAS application walks you through the tasks to configure and maintain a NAS cluster, providing guidance throughout to help ensure success. If you have questions or encounter issues, see Troubleshooting the Manage NAS Application for information about common troubleshooting topics.