This section explains how to prepare HPE Apollo 4200 Gen10 nodes for creating a Qumulo Core cluster. This guide is for system administrators, professional service providers, and colleagues in your organization who are responsible for installing and configuring server hardware.

Prerequisites

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 Apollo 4200 Gen10 Node
  3. On the HPE ProLiant boot screen, do one of the following:

  4. On the System Utilities page, click System Configuration > BIOS/Platform Configuration (RBSU) > Boot Options.

  5. On the Boot Options page, set Boot Mode to Legacy BIOS Mode and then press F10.

  6. Press Esc until you return to the main page.

  7. Click Reboot the System.

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

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

  2. On the Boot Menu page, to boot into the Legacy BIOS One-Time Boot Menu, press Enter.

  3. In the Question dialog box, click OK.

  4. From 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 Field Verification Tool runs automatically.

Select [1] Factory reset (DESTROYS ALL DATA) and then enter DESTROY ALL DATA.

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
  • Drive controller firmware
  • NIC mode for CX5
  • 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 Qumulo Care.

Step 4: Install Qumulo Core by Using the USB Drive Installer

Perform the following steps on every node in your cluster.

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Choose [1] Install Qumulo Core without HPE Hardware encryption

    • Choose [2] Install Qumulo Core with HPE Hardware encryption.

  2. If you install Qumulo Core with encryption, enter your cryptographic login password and master encryption key.

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

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

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

  7. To access the Qumulo Core Web UI, connect to any node by entering its IP address into a web browser. For more information, see Qumulo Core Web UI Browser Compatibility on Qumulo Care.

For more information about configuring your cluster configuration and getting started with Qumulo Core, see Qumulo Installation FAQ on Qumulo Care.