2.1. Setup Overview

Setting up a Virtuozzo Storage cluster includes these steps:

  1. Configuring Virtuozzo Storage cluster discovery. In this step, you define the way of detecting a cluster name and resolving the detected name into the IP addresses of MDS servers. For more on this step, see Configuring Cluster Discovery.
  2. Checking data flushing. In this step, you check that all storage devices (hard disk drives, solid disk drives, RAIDs, etc.) you plan to include in your cluster can successfully flush data to disk when the server power goes off unexpectedly.
  3. If required, prepare the additional (second, third, etc.) disks as described in Preparing Disks for Virtuozzo Storage.
  4. Setting up metadata servers. In this step, you create and configure metadata servers for storing metadata about chunk servers and data chunks. For more on this step, see Setting Up the First Metadata Server.
  5. Setting up chunk servers. In this step, you create and configure chunk servers for storing the actual content of virtual machines and Containers in data chunks. For more on this step, see Setting Up Chunk Servers.
  6. Setting up clients. In this step, you create and configure clients from where you will access the Virtuozzo Storage cluster and run virtual machines and Containers. For more on this step, see Setting Up Clients.

Note

You can also set up a Virtuozzo Storage using the Virtuozzo 7 installer. It automatically configures your system as a metadata server, chunk server, or client. For detailed information on this, see the Virtuozzo 7 Installation Guide.