The Windows express method is based on the following assumptions:

Component Assumptions


  • You have used the Installation and Setup Instructions included with the controller shelves to install the hardware.

  • You have connected cables between the optional drive shelves and the controllers.

  • You have applied power to the storage system.

  • You have installed all other hardware (for example, management station, switches) and made the necessary connections.


  • You have made a connection between the storage system and the data host.

  • You have installed the host operating system.

  • You are not using Windows as a virtualized guest.

  • You are not configuring the data (I/O attached) host to boot from SAN.

Storage management station

  • You are using a 1 Gbps or faster management network.

  • You are using a separate station for management rather than the data (I/O attached) host.

  • You are using out-of-band management, in which a storage management station sends commands to the storage system through the Ethernet connections to the controller.

  • You have attached the management station to the same subnet as the storage management ports.

IP addressing

  • You have installed and configured a DHCP server.

  • You have not yet made an Ethernet connection between the management station and the storage system.

Storage provisioning

  • You will not use shared volumes.

  • You will create pools rather than volume groups.

Protocol: FC

  • You have made all host-side FC connections and activated switch zoning.

  • You are using Lenovo-supported FC HBAs and switches.

  • You are using FC HBA driver and firmware versions as listed in the Lenovo Storage Interoperation Center (LSIC).

Protocol: iSCSI

  • You are using Ethernet switches capable of transporting iSCSI traffic.

  • You have configured the Ethernet switches according to the vendor’s recommendation for iSCSI.

Protocol: SAS