Management Node Configuration
The Dell EqualLogic PS-Series arrays are managed through either CLI or a Java applet over a web interface. This document will list the steps applicable for either management interface. Prepare your management node based on your preferred management method.
NOTE: You must complete the steps in Serial Console Configuration regardless of the management method you decide to implement.
Configuring a Node for UI Management
A management node must satisfy these pre-requisites:
- Connected to the iSCSI network
- Has the X Window System installed
- A 32-bit web browser, with the Java plugin
Install a Web Browser and Java Plugin
Perform the following actions from your management node:
1. Ensure you have a web browser installed such as firefox:
[root]# yum install firefox
2. Configure your management node to access the RHEL Supplementary (v. 5 for 64-bit x86_64) channel
- Log in to rhn.redhat.com.
- Click Systems.
- Select your management node from the list.
NOTE: If your management node is not listed, use a filter like Recently Registered on the left-pane.
- In the Subscribed channels section, click Alter Channel Subscriptions.
- Add the RHEL Supplementary (v. 5 for 64-bit x86_64) channel and click Change Subscriptions.
3. Process outstanding RHN actions on the management node
4. Install the Java plugin package
[root]# yum install java-1.6.0-sun-plugin
NOTE: If you have both i386 and x86_64 versions of firefox installed, both java plugins will be installed with this command. However, a bug exists with the i386 version that prevents the plugin from working without extra configuration, see Bug 437934 for details. For seamless execution, use the x86_64 version of firefox.
5. Verify the java plugin is installed by opening firefox and typing about:plugins in the address bar.
Configuring a Node for CLI Management
The PS-Series array must be initialized before it can be managed. Once initialized, a PS-Series array can be managed through an a telnet, ssh, or serial console connection to the active control module.
Serial Console Configuration
A serial connection is used to perform the initial configuration of the PS-Series array, and may be used for cli management.
- Attach a serial cable between the active control module and the management node
- Establish a serial connection:
[root]# minicom -s
Enter the submenu for Serial port setup and set the following values, according to the PS-Series Storage Arrays Quickstart:
- Speed: 9600
- Data: 8
- Parity: None
- Stopbits: 1
- Flow control: None
- Serial Device: Set this to the value that corresponds to your system's serial port. This is typically /dev/ttyS0 for com1. If unsure, check dmesg output.
Select Exit to initialize the connection
Continue to Storage Configuration