Initial Setup

To get up and running with your system, you install hardware components, configure host systems, and configure storage.

Deploying the storage array involves the following workflow:
Figure 1. Setup workflow
Setup workflow

Step 1: Install hardware

To install the system hardware, refer to the Installation and Setup Instructions that comes with your system.

Step 2: Set up a rack

Install your system in a 4-post rack or Lenovo system rack, as applicable. If you are setting up a new rack for the storage array, follow instructions that come with the rack.

Step 3: Install rails

When shipped, each shelf includes rack-mounting hardware. For detailed instructions on installing the rails, refer to the installation manual that comes with the rail kit, or refer to Rail kit installation instructions.

Step 4: Connect cables

The Installation and Setup Instructions include instructions for connecting cables. If you need lists of supported cables and transceivers, best practices for cabling, and detailed information about the host ports for your controller, refer to Cabling your storage system.

Step 5: Configure hosts

To make storage available to a host, refer to one of the following to configure the host depending on the host's operating system type:

Step 6: Configure storage

To configure storage, you can access the web-based interface, ThinkSystem System Manager, by pointing a browser to the controller's IP address. A setup wizard helps you get started with system configuration. As an alternative, you can also use the command line interface (CLI). Select the interface you want to use: