Installing the CTERA Edge Filer
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Installing the CTERA Edge Filer

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To create the CTERA Edge Filer instance in Azure:

  1. Log in to your Azure portal and access the Images service to display the image obtained from CTERA support.
    The list of available images is displayed.

  2. Click the image for the CTERA Edge Filer.
    The image details are displayed.

  3. Click Create VM.
    The Create a virtual machine window is displayed.

  4. Enter the following in the Basics tab for the virtual machine.
    Resource group – The resource group to be used. The resource group must use premium storage.
    Virtual machine name – A name to uniquely identify the virtual machine.
    Region – The region to host the virtual machine.
    Size – Click See all sizes to specify the size of the storage used for the edge filer software.
    The Select a VM size window is displayed.

    1. Select a VM that matches your requirements.

      CTERA limits the number of data disks for a gateway to 16.

    2. Click Select.

    Authentication type – Choose either SSH public key or Password. The tab changes depending on this choice to enable entering the SSH public key or a password and confirmation password. Make a note of any password entered, as it is used to log on to the edge filer instance.
    Username – A name to access the virtual machine. This is an administrator name that can access the edge filer.
    Public inbound ports – Choose the None option. Inbound and outbound ports will be added later.
    Leave the other values with their defaults.

  5. Click the Disks tab, or click Next: Disks.

  6. Set the OS disk type.

  7. Under Data disks, click Create and attach a new disk.
    The Create a new disk window is displayed.

  8. Enter a unique name to identify the disk.

  9. Click Change size and enter the storage type and size of the disk. You can add more than one disk, up to the number allowed for the size of selected virtual machine. CTERA recommends storage of at least 20% of the Portal Global Name Space. The maximum storage is dependent on the license.

    • For an EV16 license, the maximum is 16TB.
    • For an EV32 license, the maximum is 32TB.
    • For an EV64 license, the maximum is 64TB
    • For an EV128 license, the maximum is 128TB.
    • For an EV256 license, the maximum is 256TB.

    Click OK.

  10. Leave the Source type value as None and click OK.

  11. Click the Networking tab, or click Next: Networking.

  12. Set the network and subnet details to access the edge filer.

  13. Click the Review + Create tab, or click Review + Create.

  14. Review the virtual machine details and click Create.
    The machine is deployed, which can take a few minutes.
    The machine is started automatically.

  15. Click Go to resource to display the edge filer details.
    The virtual machine includes the OS disk and the added data disks, which are used for the edge filer data.

  16. Note the Public IP address.

  17. In the options for the virtual machine in the left pane, click Networking, under Settings, to add inbound and outbound port rules.

  18. For the Inbound port rules tab, click Add inbound port rule.
    The Add inbound security rule pane is displayed.

  19. Add the inbound port rules, clicking Add after adding each rule, using the ports listed in Port Requirements.

  20. For the Outbound port rules tab, click Add outbound port rule.
    The Add outbound security rule pane is displayed.

  21. Add the outbound ports listed in Port Requirements.

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