EMC UnityVSA

How to Configure EMC UnityVSA

Dell EMC UnityVSA lets you deploy Dell EMC Unity unified storage as a virtual storage appliance. Dell EMC UnityVSA is software-defined storage that runs on industry-standard hardware and VMware ESXi, which you supply. Deploy this virtual storage appliance when you’re looking for low acquisition cost and ultimate flexibility in unified storage.

Dell EMC UnityVSA is right for entry-level hardware consolidation, multi-tenant storage instances, remote offices, branch office (ROBO) environments, and IT staging and testing.

In our previous post we have seen on How to Deploy the EMC UnityVSA in vSphere Infra. In this post we will be configuring the EMC UnityVSA for the first time after deployment. Once you deploy the UnityVSA power it on. It will take few minutes to load completely.

Configuring UnityVSA Step by Step:

Step 1:
Open the web browser and type the IP address or Hostname of the UnityVSA. You will be prompted for login and password.
Default credentials are:
Username: admin
Password: Password123#
Click Login to log in to UnityVSA.

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Step 2:
Click Next to start the configuration wizard.

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Step 3:
Accept the license agreement and click Next.

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Step 4:
Set the Admin and Service account password here.
Click Next.

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Step 5:
Add the DNS Server here and click Next.

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Step 6:
Add the NTP Server here and click Next.

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Step 7:
In this step we have to assign license to the UnityVSA.
You need to obtain license from the EMC by providing the System UUID mentioned here.
You can click on Get License Online to obtain the license.
Once you obtain the license click on Install the License.

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Step 8:
Click on Choose File to select the License and click Finish to add.

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Step 9:
You can see that License is valid and Installed successfully.
Click Next.

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Step 10:
You can create the Storage Pools here, If you have added the Disks to the UnityVSA.
We will be creating the Pools later on.
Click Next.

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Step 11:
You can configure the Alert Email and SMTP Settings here.
Click Next.

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Step 12:
If you are using the Proxy Server in your environment then you can add it here or leave it blank.
Click Next.

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Step 13:
Configure iSCSI Network Interfaces. So that your storage can be accessed through iSCSI.
Click on Add iSCSI Interface to add.

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Step 14:
Provide the Networking Details for iSCSI interface.
Click OK to Add.

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Step 15:

You can see that we have added the 2 iSCSI interfaces. You can add based on your requirement or the best practices.
Click Next.

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Step 16:
You can create NAS Server here. We will see it later on in this series.
Click Next.

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Step 17:
Configuration wizard is completed.
You can click Close apply the changes.

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It will take few minutes to save the changes.

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This is the Dashboard of the UnityVSA which will display all the information regarding the storage and system. We have successfully configured the UnityVSA. In the next post we will see on How to Add vCenter Server into EMC UnityVSA.

In this way you can deploy and configure the EMC UnityVSA in your environment.

Checkout our Posts on EMC UnityVSA:

How to Deploy EMC UnityVSA Step by Step ?

How to Add vCenter in EMC UnityVSA ?

How to create Storage Pool in EMC UnityVSA Step by Step ?

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