About the Manage NAS App

The following information applies to version 7 and 8 of the Manage NAS application. Manage NAS V7–V8 is compatible with Appliance Controller 1.4.1.x.

If you have NAS nodes at Appliance Controller version 2.0 or later, then use the NAS app. If you have NAS nodes at Appliance Controller version 1.4.1.x or earlier, then use the Manage NAS app.

Do you need to install or update the Manage NAS app? See Manage Applications for instructions about the App Store.

Note: If you need to uninstall the Manage NAS app, we recommend you update to V8 first. Otherwise, you will see an error message for snc-manage-nas-activity status when you stop and start the quantum_supervisord service through the command line.

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 appliance server node(s) for (Xcellis Workflow Director (R630), Xcellis Foundation, Artico, or M-series) are the NAS gateway(s)
  • One or more gateway appliance nodes (G300 or Xcellis Workflow Extender (R630) NAS gateways) managed by an Xcellis Workflow Director (R630) 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).

Get Started

1. Check Compatibility

The StorNext Connect NAS applications rely on the Appliance Controller (StorNext NAS).

See the Planning and Compatibility section for the latest StorNext Connect compatibility information.

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.

To learn about the specific requirements for setting a NAS VIP, see Set the VIP for a NAS Cluster in the Appliance Controller Documentation Center.

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.

6. Add Shares

After you create a NAS cluster, you can configure NAS shares.

See Add NAS Shares to the NAS Cluster 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.

Additional Tasks

The following task overviews outline the processes for managing NAS configuration using the StorNext Connect Manage NAS application.