This section explains how to prepare HPE Alletra 4110 nodes for creating a Qumulo cluster. This guide is for system administrators, professional service providers, and colleagues in your organization who are responsible for installing and configuring server hardware.


Qumulo Core USB Drive Installer

Step 1: Verify Your Node

  1. Shut down your node and connect a display, a keyboard, and a mouse to it.

  2. Plug the Qumulo Core USB Drive Installer into an available USB port on the node and then press the power button.

    Front Diagram of the HPE Alletra 4110 Node

Step 2: Boot by Using the Qumulo Core USB Drive Installer

  1. On the HPE Alletra boot screen, press F11.

  2. On the Boot Menu page, to perform a one-time boot, do one of the following:

    • If the Legacy BIOS One-Time Boot Menu option is available, click it.

    • If the Legacy BIOS One-Time Boot Menu option is unavailable, click Generic USB Boot and continue to run the Field Verification Tool (FVT).

  3. In the Question dialog box, click OK.

  4. In the Default Boot Override Options menu, select 2) One Time Boot to USB DriveKey.

Step 3: Run the Field Verification Tool (FVT)

After the node reboots, the Qumulo Installer runs automatically.

  1. Choose [1] Factory reset (DESTROYS ALL DATA).

  2. To perform a clean installation of Qumulo Core on your node, type DESTROY ALL DATA (case-sensitive).

  3. Review the verification results and consider the following before proceeding with the installation.

    • If the FVT Passed! message appears, select [1] Install Qumulo Core.

    • If FAIL messages appear, use one of the following resolutions.

  4. When the FVT passes all checks, select [1] Install Qumulo Core.

Fixable Issues During Installation

If the FVT finds fixable issues, it prompts you to auto-correct any detected issues, depending on your installation scenario. Issues that the FVT can auto-correct include the following:

  • BIOS Configuration
  • Drive firmware
  • NVMe sector size
  • NIC mode
  • NIC firmware
  • Boot order
  1. To attempt auto-correction, select [1] Run FVT Flash. This will try to fix issues then reboot.

    If the fixes are successful, the FVT reboots the node automatically.

  2. To re-attempt verification, boot by using the Qumulo Core USB Drive Installer and then continue the installation.

Non-Fixable Issues

If the FVT is unable to auto-correct any issues, the message Not fixable issues were detected. appears, providing reasons for failure.

For help with troubleshooting your node, contact the Qumulo Care team.

Step 4: Create and Configure Your Cluster

  1. Review the End User Agreement, click I agree to the End User Agreement, and then click Submit.

  2. Name your cluster.

  3. On the 1. Set up cluster page, select the nodes to add to your cluster.

    As you select nodes, the installer updates the total capacity of your cluster at the bottom of the page.

  4. Confirm that the individual nodes have the expected capacity.

  5. On the 2. Confirm cluster protection level page, Qumulo Core selects the recommended 2, 3, or 4-drive protection level based on your cluster size and node type.

  6. If the Customize Protection Level option appears, you can increase your system resilience by selecting 3- or 4-drive protection.

  7. Enter a password for the administrative account and click Create Cluster.

  8. To access the Qumulo Core Web UI, connect to any node by entering its IP address into a browser.