• Set up a management interface connection


    Set up a management interface connection

    Connect a Windows-based computer to your storage system

    Note:  At the end of the power-up process, the SP Fault LED blinks in intervals of amber for one second and then blue for three seconds, indicating that the system is ready to run the Connection Utility.

    You must connect a Windows-based computer to your system directly or remotely over a subnetwork. This computer will be used to continue setting up your system and must be on the same subnet as the storage system to complete the initialization.

    NOTICE  Check to see if there is security software running on your workstation/laptop such as Cisco Security Agent or McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention Service that may prevent the initialized system from being detected. If there is, disable it (Windows Services) before running the initialization.

    The system management ports support both IPv4 and IPv6. You can assign an IP address to a system in the following ways:

    • If you are running the storage system on a dynamic network that includes a DHCP server and a DNS server, the management IP address can be assigned automatically.
    • If you are not running the storage system in a network that supports DHCP or you would rather manually assign a static IP address, you must install and run the Connection Utility on the Windows-based computer.

    Dynamic IP addresses (DHCP) should not be used for any components of the EMC Secure Remote Services Virtual Edition (ESRS VE) servers, Policy Manager servers, or managed devices.

    NOTICE   If you use DHCP to assign IP addresses to any EMC Secure Remote Services ( ESRS) components ( ESRS Virtual Edition servers, Policy Manager, or managed devices), they must have static IP addresses. Leases for the IP addresses that Dell EMC devices use cannot be set to expire. It is recommended that you assign static IP addresses to those devices you plan to have managed by ESRS.

    Automatically assigning a dynamic storage system management port IP address

    Assigning an IP address to a storage system management port dynamically requires the following:

    • Network DNS server (with dynamic DNS services enabled)
    • Network DHCPv4 server and/or a DHCPv6 server and/or a router advertising DNS servers
    • Connectivity between the storage system, the DHCP server, and the DNS server

    The DHCP server must be configured to automatically register DHCP clients with Dynamic DNS services. By default, storage systems are configured to use DHCP for IP assignment and will accept an IP address offered by a network DHCP server.

    Perform the following steps to automatically assign an IP address to your storage system management port:

    1. After you power up the storage system, check the SP Fault LED.
      • If the SP Fault LED is solid blue, a management IP address has been assigned.
      • If the SP Fault LED is solid blue for three seconds and then flashes amber for one second intervals, no management IP address has been assigned. Check the connectivity between the system, the DNS server, and the DHCP server.
    2. Open a web browser and access the Unisphere management interface specifying the following as a URL in the browser's address bar: serial_number.dns_zone
      URL string
      Serial number of your storage system. You can find this in the packing materials that came with your system (for example, FNM00131800283). It is also on the PSNT tag on the front of the DPE.
      Network DNS zone on which the storage system is located (for example, mylab.emc.com).

      Based on the examples provided in this table, the URL to the storage system would be FNM00131800283.mylab.emc.com.

      Note:  If a certificate error appears, follow the instructions in your browser either to bypass the error or to install the self-signed storage system certificate. For more detail about your storage system certificate, refer to the EMC Unity Security Configuration Guide.
    3. Log in with the default username and password.
      • Username: admin
      • Password: Password123#
      The Unisphere Initial Configuration wizard launches.
    4. Continue with the steps in the Unisphere Initial Configuration wizard to accept the license agreement, configure, and update the software on your system.
      The Unisphere Initial Configuration wizard online help provides information about the steps remaining to accept the license agreement, configure, and update the software on your system.
    5. Confirm that the SP Fault LED is now out.
      This provides an indication that all operating system software has booted and SP is ready for I/O.

    Manually assigning a static storage system management port IP address

    To manually assign a static IP address for the storage system management port, you must install and run the Connection Utility on a Windows-based computer. The Connection Utility assigns a network address to the storage system.

    Download and install the Connection Utility software

    1. Download the Connection Utility installation program from the Dell EMC Online Support website (), under the Downloads selection on the menu bar of the product page for your storage system.
    2. Install the Connection Utility software on a Windows computer.
      To use the Auto Discover method, install the Connection Utility on a computer in the same subnet as the storage system's management port.
    3. Launch the Connection Utility.
      In Windows: C:\Program Files\DELL EMC&#xnity\ConnectionUtility
      Note:  The Connection Utility automatically sets the displayed language based on the settings of the computer. To change the language displayed in the Connection Utility, select the language from the list under Change language:.

    Run the Connection Utility

    Before you begin

    Obtain the following information:

    • Serial Number: Unique identifier associated with the storage system (printed on a tag located on the system). This identifies your system when you use the Connection Utility to discover storage systems on a subnet. When you register your system online, this value is the Product ID.
    • System name: Name that you will be assigning to the storage system.
    • IP address: Management IPv4 or IPv6 address through which Unisphere connects to the storage system.
    • Subnet mask: For IPv4 management addresses, the subnet mask is an IP address mask that identifies the range of IP addresses in the subnet where the storage system is connected.
    • Subnet prefix length: For IPv6 management addresses, the subnet prefix length is the number of significant bits in the address that will be used for routing purposes.
    • Gateway address: IP address of the default gateway for the management interface. The gateway is the IP address of the router or node used to communicate outside the local subnet.

    Run the Connection Utility from a host attached to the same subnet as your storage system. Doing so lets the Connection Utility automatically detect the new storage system. If you are unable to run the Connection Utility from the same subnet, you can still manually configure the connection.

    1. On the Welcome screen, select one of the following methods to configure your system, and then click Next:
      • Auto Discover - Use this method if you are running the Connection Utility from a host on the same subnet as your storage system. This method automatically discovers unconfigured storage systems on your local network and sends the configuration file directly to the storage system.
      • Manual Configuration - Use this method if you are running the Connection Utility from a host that is not on the same subnet as your storage system. This method enables you to create a configuration file that you can save to a USB flash drive. You then insert the flash drive into the USB port on the storage system, and the storage system automatically reads the configuration from the USB drive.
    2. [Applies to Auto Discover mode only] From the list of automatically discovered systems, select the system you want to configure, and then click Next. Note: If you do not see the system listed on the screen, try clicking Discover to restart the discovery process. If the problem persists, refer to troubleshooting instructions.
    3. On the Configure screen, specify the following:
      • Name - A meaningful name for this system. You can specify a name up to 32 characters. It can only contain alpha-numeric characters and a dash. It cannot contain any space characters, underscores, or begin and end with a dash.
      • In the Management IPv4 Address and Management IPv6 Address sections, select the options you want, specify relevant information, and then click Next.
    4. Review the configuration information, and then do the following based on the mode you selected:
      • For Auto Discover mode, click Start to apply the configuration on the storage system.
      • For Manual Configuration mode:
        1. Click Save to USB drive. Ensure that you save the configuration file to the root directory level of the USB drive.
        2. Click Next to identify the location of the port on your storage system.
        3. Insert the USB drive into one of the available USB ports on either SP.

        The storage system will automatically detect the USB drive and apply the network connection information. This process may take up to 10 minutes. When successfully completed, a response file (iw_resp.txt) is written back to the USB drive.

    5. Click Finish.
    6. Confirm that the SP Fault LED is solid blue, which indicates that the system's IP address has been set.
    After you finish

    In a web browser, access Unisphere by specifying the URL: http://<ip_address>/.

    Where, <ip_address> is the IP address you set for the storage system.

    Note:  Refer to the Configuration Worksheet for information on the user credentials you must use the first time you log on.

    The Initial Configuration Wizard launches the first time you access Unisphere. Refer to the Configuration Worksheet and Unisphere Online Help for more information on configuring and start using your system.


    Upgrade the system

    Ensure that you upgrade the system to the latest operating environment, and update the drive firmware. For more information, see the Upgrading Unity Software guide.

    Update the install base records

    Install base registration occurs when you download and install the license file. For more information, see the Unisphere Online Help.