I’m actually implementing a View infrastructure for a customer and we had to verify if everything will run fine if we moved User Data, Profiles and ThinApp Sandbox to CIFS shares on a VNX filer.

So in order to test this scenario I built a labs using VNX simulator (you can find it if you have a EMC Powerlink account). Because knowledge are best when shared with other than keep for it self, I’m going to write articles about how I build my lab step by step.

This is the first part : Installing and Configuring a VNX appliance for Demo and will follow :

  • Part 2 – Configuring VNX Control Station
  • Part 3 – Configuring VNX Datamover
  • Part 4 – Configuring VNX Filesystem
  • Part 5 – Configuring VNX CIFS shares
  • Part 6 – Configuring Group Policy for Persona and other stuffs
  • Part 7 – Humm well let’s see if I create one :)

Ok so here how to install and configure VNX appliance (mostly inspired fromhttp://virtualgeek.typepad.com/virtual_geek/2008/08/celerra-virtual.html)

1 – Login  as  login « root » and password « nasadmin »

 Note : For non English keyboard, load your specific keyboard, in my case I loaded the French one  by typing the following command :

 # loadkeys fr


 2 – Configure Time Zone and date :

Configure Time Zone by typing the following command  :

 # setup

 Go to « Timezone configuration » :

And chose you right Timezone :

 Now set correct time with the command « date MMDDHHmm » (Month/Day/Hour/Minute)

 # date 06041344  -> to set clock to June 4th at 1:44PM

 3 – Configure network interfaces :

Note :
For eth0 and eth1 you can let’s them as DHCP or set fixed IP (anyway we’ll not use them) and it’s not necessary to specify a gateway or DNS, but
For eth2 as it’s the control station interface you must set the gateway and DNS.

To configure interface type  the following command :

# netconfig -d ethx  where (x) represent the interface number :

Once all interfaces are configured we must restart network with the following command :

# /etc/init.d/network restart

4 – Now we’ll configure the hostname of the VNX simulator : by modifying  /etc/hosts and/etc/sysconfig/network files

Modify /etc/hosts  :

Modify /etc/sysconfig/network :

Now type the following command to set dynamically the hostname of the VNX :

Type « exit »

 5 – Now we’ll configure how « physical » nics are mapped to VNX devices :

 Login with  account « nasadmin » :

 Delete actual configuration by typing the following configuration :

# cd /opt/blackbird/tools
# ./configure_nic server_2 -l   -> to list VNC device
# ./configure_nic server_2 -d cge0  -> to delete cge0 VNX device
# ./configure_nic server_2 -d cge1  -> to delete cge1 VNX device

Reboot the VNX by login as « su » user and type « reboot -n »

Once back to admin console :

login with nasadmin  (su to load specific keyboard then exit) and type following commands :

# cd to  /opt/blackbird/tools
#./configure_nic server_2 -a eth0  -> to add eth0 to cge0
#./configure_nic server_2 -a eth1  -> to add eth1 to cge1

 Once again login as « su » and reboot the VNX simulator :

Once back to admin console :
Login as nasadmin (su to load specific keyboard then exit) and type the following command to update VNX ID :

# nas_cel -update id=0

 Login as « su » and type the following command to update SSL certificates and restart the java dameon :

# /nas/sbin/nas_config -ssl
# /nas/sbin/js_fresh_restart

 Once again : reboot the to finish VNX configuration :

Et voilà  you have now a VNX simulator « configured »  (actually only network) and with a unique ID.

Next step concern the Control Station configuration….