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Oracle SuperCluster – ZFS storage appliance Simulator

From last  few weeks , i am  working with Oracle Super Cluster T4-4 systems. Initially i felt  quite difficult but now i am bit  familiar  with this engineering systems. In Oracle Super Cluster, ZFS storage appliance is one of the main components which provides the shared storage for in built SPARC systems. In the Half Rack – Oracle Super Cluster, you can find two ZFS appliance storage controller and one ZFS storage disk shelf.These ZFS storage shelf , ZFS storage controllers and  SPARC systems are interconnected with infiniband network links which can provide speed up to 32Gb/s .

ZFS STORAGE - Oracle Super Cluster
ZFS STORAGE – Oracle Super Cluster

Oracle Super Cluster training is not available as public event. Oracle provides this training to their partners and it is available only in US. (At present) .ZFS storage appliance simulator is available for demonstration purpose and you can do everything except the clustering part (Clustering between two ZFS storage controllers).This would be the first step to learn oracle super cluster.

You can download the ZFS storage appliance from oracle. This is a pre-built virtual machine simulating the actual Sun ZFS Storage Appliance that comes with the Oracle Super Cluster . Here we will see how to install and configure ZFS storage appliance for demonstration purpose.

1.Open a Virtual Box and Click on file – > Import Appliance .

Import ZFS Storage  Appliance
Import ZFS Storage Appliance

2.Select the OVF –  ZFS storage appliance file which you have downloaded from oracle.

Enter the ZFS appliance OVF file path
Enter the ZFS appliance OVF file path

3.You will get the appliance settings like below .Click Import.

ZFS storage Appliance OVF settings
ZFS storage Appliance OVF settings

Here is progress of  ZFS storage appliance simulator import.

Appliance is importing
Appliance is importing

4.Once the import is done, you can see that new VM has been created like below.Just power on the VM.

ZFS Storage Appliance Simulator
ZFS Storage Appliance Simulator

5.You can see appliance will be booting like below.

ZFS storage Appliance is booting
ZFS storage Appliance is booting

6.Once the system is booted, you need to perform the network configuration of VM. Press any key to continue .

Press enter to begin configuring appliance
Press enter to begin configuring appliance

7.Enter the ZFS storage appliance network details .This IP will be used to access the ZFS storage appliance via browser. Press ESC-1 to complete the configuration.

Enter the network details and root password
Enter the network details and root password

8.After the network configuration, You can see the ZFS storage appliance console like below.

ZFS Storage appliance Console
ZFS Storage appliance Console

9.Just access the web based console using ZFS appliance IP with port number 215.

ZFS storage Appliance - Weblogin
ZFS storage Appliance – Weblogin

You can login to the appliance with root and password which is configured in step 7.

10.Once you have logged in to the web page , you will below screen.Just Click on start

ZFS storage Appliance - Wizard
ZFS storage Appliance – Wizard

11.You can configure the additional network here. If you don’t want to configure just commit and continue.

Configure Networking
Configure Networking

12.Configure DNS . Since we have done these steps in VM console , Just commit and continue.

Configure DNS
Configure DNS

13.Set NTP server  and Click on commit it .

Configuring NTP
Configuring NTP

14.Configure the Name services if required.

Configuring Name Services
Configuring Name Services

15.Configuring the Storage pools. We can configure later.

Configure Storage
Configure Storage

16.If you want to resister with oracle , you can do it . Since this is just simulator, click later to skip registration.

Register in Oracle
Register in Oracle

17.We are done. ZFS Storage appliance is ready to provision LUNS and shared filesystems.

ZFS Storage Appliance
ZFS Storage Appliance is ready

We have successfully installed and configured the ZFS storage appliance. You can also access this appliance via ssh .But Oracle Solaris 11 commands will not work. You have to use some special set of commands. In the next article,we will see how to provision LUNS and creating the NFS shares to the clients.

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2 comments

  1. I installed the virtual appliance, however I am unable to connect to the URL via a browser in Window 7. Please explain how you were able to connect to the GUI? I completed the configuration through the CLI, but would like to use the GUI as well.

  2. Make sure you have setup at least 1 adapter as ‘Host-only’ on the VM. Once done, reboot. Your appliance’s IP (whatever 192.168.xxx.xxx) should be reachable via a ping from your local machine (lap / desktop). Once this is done, your URLs should work.

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