- 03 Aug 2023
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Initial CTERA Edge Filer Setup
- Updated on 03 Aug 2023
- 5 Minutes to read
Before setting up the CTERA Edge Filer, you have to configure the CTERA Portal to which the CTERA Edge Filer will connect, as described in Configuring the CTERA Portal as a Precondition to Setting Up the CTERA Edge Filer. After configuring the CTERA Portal and installing the CTERA Edge Filer, you need to perform an initial CTERA Edge Filer setup. On first access to the CTERA Edge Filer, you set up a CTERA Edge Filer administrator and then a wizard guides you through connecting to a CTERA Portal and storage and user setup. You can skip any of the wizard steps and perform them later, as described in the CTERA Edge Filer Administrator Guide.
If you are installing the CTERA Edge Filer to replace an existing version 6.0.x CTERA Edge Filer, contact CTERA support before performing the initial setup described below.
After this initial CTERA Edge Filer setup, the file server structure is synced from the CTERA Portal to the CTERA Edge Filer.
To access the CTERA Edge Filer and initial setup:
- Open any web browser.
- Enter the CTERA Edge Filer's IP address to navigate to the device.
When you connect to the web interface for the first time, your browser displays the Welcome to CTERA Edge Filer page.
- Choose a user name and password for the administrator. The password must be at least eight characters and must include at least a letter, digit and special character, such as ~, @, #, $ , %, ^, & , (.
- Optionally, enter an email for receiving notifications regarding the CTERA Edge Filer.
- Click Create Account.
The Name this Edge Filer window is displayed.Note
For V Series edge filers, if the CTERA Edge Filer virtual machine does not have a data disk, the following message window is displayed.
Click Cancel to close the wizard and then Yes to run the wizard after adding a disk to the edge filer virtual machine. Add a disk to the CTERA Edge Filer virtual machine.
If you logged out of the edge filer, the setup wizard starts when you log back in. If you did not log out, in the edge filer Dashboard page run Setup Wizard.
- Either keep the CTERA Edge Filer default name or enter a new name to identify the CTERA Edge Filer and click Next.
The administration user interface is displayed to set up the CTERA Edge Filer, starting with the Account Details window.
You can also change the CTERA Edge Filer name after the initial setup, as described in Setting Up the CTERA Edge Filer.
- Enter the DNS name of the CTERA Portal to which you have an account and want to connect the CTERA Edge Filer to, in the Portal Address field and click Next.
The Sign in window is displayed.Note
If the CTERA Portal does not have a valid certificate installed, a warning is displayed to the end user when logging an edge filer into the portal, offering the option to proceed anyway.
This warning is presented every time a user connects the edge filer to the portal, until a valid certificate is installed.
If single sign-on has been set up to the portal, the following screen is displayed.
In this case, click Sign In and then Allow in a new browser window that is displayed, when prompted. The Select License screen is displayed. Go to step 9.
- Enter the CTERA Portal designated user username and password, set in Configuring the CTERA Portal as a Precondition to Setting Up the CTERA Edge Filer to access the CTERA Portal and click Next.
The Select License window is displayed with the available licenses.
The available storage and RAM are displayed.
- Select the license for the gateway and click Next.
The Gateway Mode window is displayed.
CACHING – Provides users with LAN speed access to all the shared cloud folders on the CTERA Portal. Shared storage is on the CTERA Portal with stubs saved on the CTERA Edge Filer. A stub is a file with a tiny footprint that contains the metadata about the file, such as the file name, size, and modification date. Only the folder and file metadata and not the actual file content is saved locally. Thus, the CTERA Edge Filer can have much less physical storage than is made available to users, who have access to both the local CTERA Edge Filer storage and the CTERA Portal storage. Systems with many file changes, where only some of the files are required locally, don’t over use bandwidth between the cloud and CTERA Edge Filer. Only the required files are passed across the wire. When a user accesses a file stub, the file is opened without delay, by streaming the file content from the cloud. After the download has completed, the file is unstubbed. Any changes to the file are synced back to the CTERA Portal. Folders that are always required can be pinned, in which case the files in the folders, and not the stubs, are stored on the CTERA Edge Filer.
- Click Next.
The Easy Storage Setup window is displayed, showing the number of virtual disks.
The maximum storage allowed for the selected CTERA Edge Filer license is also displayed.
- Click Next.
The Proposed Actions window is displayed with the recommended configuration.
CTERA recommends accepting the proposed actions and clicking Next and not clicking Skip.
The Join an Active Directory Domain window is displayed.
- Specify the domain details so that the CTERA Edge Filer is populated with the users from your Active Directory domain and click Next or, if you want to set up Active Directory later, click Skip.
The Wizard Completed window is displayed.
- Click Finish.
The Configuration view Main > Dashboard page is displayed.
An LVM array, array1, which includes all the virtual disks, and a single volume, vol1, are created.
You can rerun the wizard by selecting Main > Dashboard and click Setup Wizard.
You can migrate a file server to CTERA Edge Filer so that end users who are familiar with a given folder structure and share, while using the file server, continue to see the same folder structure and shares after migration to the CTERA Edge Filer. If you are replacing an existing file server with the CTERA Edge Filer, continue with Migrating a File Server.
When more than one DNS server is in use at the site, you can define the primary and secondary DNS servers, described in Managing Network Settings.