• Configuring UnityVSA in Unisphere


    Configuring UnityVSA in Unisphere

    Launch UnityVSA Unisphere

    1. Launch Unisphere. To do so, enter the management IP address in your browser.
    2. Log in with the default username and password.
      Note:  UnityVSA ships with a default username, admin, and password. You must change the administrator password during this first login. You can also change the service password at this time, either making it the same as the administrator password or creating a separate service password.

    Configure UnityVSA in Unisphere

    Configure initial settings

    The Initial Configuration Wizard runs when you log in to Unisphere for the first time.

    For the UnityVSA Professional Edition, obtain your license file online using the System UUID.

    For the UnityVSA Community Edition, see the Obtaining a license for UnityVSA Community Edition post on the Dell EMC Community Network website for instructions.

    Note:  Use the License Activation Key instead of the UUID to configure ESRS and obtain support (professional editions).

    The Unisphere online help describes the Configuration Wizard and the initial settings you need to configure, including pools and DNS and NTP servers. To create storage resources or NAS servers, you must create at least one pool.

    Note:  You can also create pools on the Unisphere Pools page.

    Unisphere scans for the virtual disks available to the UnityVSA VM that can be used in a pool. You add virtual disks to the UnityVSA VM using vSphere.

    When you create a pool, you must specify pool tiering information (Capacity, Performance, or Extreme Performance). Contact your storage system environment administrator to learn what tier should be assigned to each virtual disk since the virtualized environment hides this information. If the back-end storage is flash-based, use the Extreme Performance tier to fully take advantage of the performance capabilities of flash storage.

    Note:  Once a disk has been added to a pool, the tier type cannot be changed.

    UnityVSA supports the Fully Automated Storage Tiering for Virtual Pool (FAST VP) feature for both block and file data. FAST VP optimizes storage utilization by automatically moving data between and within the storage tiers.

    The maximum space available for all pools is 4, 10, 25, or 50 TB depending on the UnityVSA edition and version. The maximum number of pools per system is 16. To view your system's limits, select the Settings icon, and then select Software and Licenses > System Limits.

    If your environment uses DHCP, typically the DNS servers are populated automatically. If not, configure the DNS servers.

    The accuracy of the time on your UnityVSA server is important to the proper function of UnityVSA. If the time is inconsistent, features of the UnityVSA that interface with VMWare software or plugins, such as the VMWare VASA provider, may not function correctly. If you configure NTP, it is recommended that the UnityVSA, ESXi host, and vCenter (if applicable) use the same NTP server. If you do not configure NTP, UnityVSA gets its time from the ESXi host.

    Further configuration

    The Unisphere online help describes more configuration procedures and management tasks for your UnityVSA.

    Enable or change the tie breaker node on a UnityVSA HA

    If you deployed a UnityVSA HA with a TBN or added a TBN to an existing UnityVSA HA deployment, you must enable it in Unisphere to make it active. Enable a TBN by using the Unisphere Initial Confguration wizard or the Tie Breaker Node page in the Unisphere settings.

    To enable a TBN using the Tie Breaker Node page:

    1. Select the Settings icon, and then select Management > Tie Breaker Node.
    2. Select Enable TBN, and select the TBN to enable.

    You can also change the active TBN on this page.

    You can verify the UUID of the TBN VM in vCenter by browsing to the Virtual Machines tab and locating the VM.