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GUI Quick Start: Network Setup
Part Number: 810-0042-00, Revision D
Acopia Networks®, Inc.
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GUI Quick Start: Network Setup
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Revision History
June 2006 - Rev A
October 2006 - Rev B, change links to CLI User’s guides
October 2006 - Rev C, Software Release 2.4.2
March 2007 - Rev D, Software Release 2.5.0
June 2007 - Rev E, Software Release 2.5.1; change title
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GUI Quick Start: Network
Use this document to connect to the FreedomFabric™ Graphical User Interface (GUI)
for the first time, and provide the network-configuration parameters for the Acopia
Adaptive Resource Switch (ARX).
Before you begin, perform the initial-boot process as described in the appropriate
Hardware Installation manual: ARX®500 Hardware Installation Guide, ARX®1000
Hardware Installation Guide, or ARX®6000 Hardware Installation Guide. These
manuals describe how to set up the out-of-band (OOB) management interface, along
with a username and password for an administrative account.
Connecting to the GUI
The ARX is initially provisioned to accept Secure HTTP (HTTPS) access over its
OOB interface. Use the IP address for the OOB in an HTTPS URL:
where oob-address is the IP address configured during the initial-boot process.
You must access the ARX from a host on the OOB network, which must be separate
from any subnet with clients and servers. The Initial Setup wizard (described below)
creates another management interface that you can later access from the client/server
For example, this connects to the ARN manager at
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GUI Quick Start: Network
Connecting to the GUI
A security-alert pop-up appears the first time you access the GUI. This is to confirm
that you trust the ARX as an HTTPS server. Click yes to proceed:
The GUI challenges you for a login name and a password. Use the name and
password created during the initial-boot process. The default username for
administration is “admin,” though the installer has the option to choose any name.
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GUI Quick Start: Network
Connecting to the GUI
This invokes the GUI, at its Common Operations page. The GUI has a navigation
panel on the left and a menu of wizards on the right. The button for the Initial Setup
wizard is highlighted. Click on this button to begin initial configuration of the ARX:
GUI Quick Start: Network Setup
GUI Quick Start: Network
Setting Up Network Parameters
Setting Up Network Parameters
The Initial Setup wizard guides you through the process of setting up a
one-armed-proxy network configuration. In a one-armed topology, the ARX connects
to a single IP subnet and VLAN. All clients and file servers reside on this subnet or
are reachable through a single default gateway. All client/server ports are typically
aggregated into a channel. If you purchase a redundant ARX, some other ports are
used in a redundancy link to connect the two ARXes.
(default gateway)
VLAN 25, IP subnet 192.168.25.x
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GUI Quick Start: Network
Setting Up Network Parameters
The following screens guide you through the process of setting up a one-armed
network configuration:
the hostname and high-level management access;
active client/server ports and their VLAN;
IP-address parameters, such as a new management-IP address on the above
VLAN, proxy-IP addresses (used by the ARX to communicate with back-end file
servers), and a default IP gateway;
a connection to the NTP server(s) used by file servers and client machines;
configuration for DNS lookups (optional);
an SMTP server and E-mail address(es) for E-mail alerts (optional);
SNMP trusted host, community string, and trap destination; and
redundancy configuration, if you previously purchased and installed a redundant
The final screen in the wizard summarizes all of the selections from the previous
screens. If you confirm at this screen, the ARX commits all of the parameters. You
cannot re-run this wizard unless you first re-run the initial-boot process; after you
confirm, you can only make network-configuration changes from the CLI.
Information Checklist
Gather the following network information before you invoke the wizard:
the IP subnet and VLAN for the ARX, containing
a new management IP for the ARX and
new proxy-IP addresses for the ARX (1 for an ARX®500, 4 for an
ARX®1000, and 6 per ASM for an ARX®6000);
the IP address(es) of the local NTP server(s);
if you want optional E-mail alerts for alarms,
the IP address of the local DNS server and
the IP address of the local SMTP (E-mail) server;
the IP address of the SNMP management station that will manage the ARX; and
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Setting Up Network Parameters
the IP address of a machine to receive the ARX’s SNMP traps.
The following sections show each screen and a sample configuration.
Naming the ARX and Configuring Management Access
The first screen asks for a host name for the ARX.
You can also use the first screen to enable or disable management access through
SSH, Telnet, and/or SNMPv2c. For each management protocol, you can choose a type
of interface to allow: Management indicates the out-of-band (OOB) management
interface and VLAN indicates any in-band (VLAN) management interface. VLAN
access comes from the client/server network(s), and Management access comes from
a disjoint management network. Choose either type of management interface, or all
management interfaces.
Provide this information and click Next. For example, this is for a switch named
“bstnA6k” which allows management access through SSH and SNMP:
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GUI Quick Start: Network
Setting Up Network Parameters
Configuring Physical Ports
The next screen sets up the physical-Ethernet ports, called “interfaces” in the GUI and
CLI. Use this screen to enable one or more client/server ports, set their speed, and
assign them to a VLAN. If you select more than one port, the GUI aggregates the
ports into a channel.
The ARX supports static (non-LACP) link aggregation only. The L2 switch at the other
end of the channel must also support static aggregation. Further, it must include the
same ports and belong to the same VLAN. Cable this channel and configure it at the
other station before finishing this wizard.
For example, this ARX aggregates four ports into a channel over VLAN 25:
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GUI Quick Start: Network
Setting Up Network Parameters
Configuring IP Interfaces
The next screen configures the IP addresses for the ARX. All of these addresses must
be on a common subnet over the VLAN you specified in the previous screen:
In-band management IP address is a management address that is accessible
through the client/server VLAN configured above. Future connections to the GUI
can come through this in-band management interface, from a client or server
subnet instead of a separate management network.
Proxy IP addresses are used by the ARX to communicate with the file servers.
The correct number of proxy-IP addresses varies from platform to platform;
follow the on-screen instructions to add the correct number of addresses. These
addresses must be on the client/server VLAN configured above, and all back-end
file servers must be on the same subnet or reachable through the Default Gateway
Subnet mask is the IP-subnet mask for all of the IP addresses on this screen.
Default gateway identifies the local IP gateway that the ARX should use to reach
all subnets outside the local proxy-IP subnet. Any clients or servers outside the
proxy-IP subnet must be reachable through this gateway/router.
For example, this ARX has an in-band management address at, uses 6
proxy-IP addresses, and has a default gateway at
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GUI Quick Start: Network
Setting Up Network Parameters
Connecting to the NTP Server
The next screen requires the IP address of your installation’s Network Time Protocol
(NTP) server. This must be the NTP server that is used by all servers and client
machines on your network. Consistent time management is crucial for file-placement
policy, Kerberos authentication, and many other ARX features. You also set the local
time zone on this screen. For example, this switch uses an NTP server at (along with a secondary server at and uses the EST
time zone:
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GUI Quick Start: Network
Setting Up Network Parameters
Setting Up DNS Lookups (optional)
The next screen identifies your local DNS server(s), so that the ARX can call them to
translate IP addresses into host names. This is only necessary if you plan to configure
E-mail alerts later. You can skip this screen if you do not plan to configure the system
for E-mail alerts.
For example, this ARX has a primary DNS server and a secondary server, and uses
two DNS-search domains:
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GUI Quick Start: Network
Setting Up Network Parameters
Configuring E-mail Alerts (optional)
As mentioned above, you can optionally configure the ARX to send alerts to E-mail
recipients. Whenever a chassis-related alarm condition occurs that triggers an SNMP
trap, these E-mail users receive a message. The SNMP Reference documents all
possible SNMP traps and identifies the chassis-related traps. We strongly recommend
that you configure the E-mail notification feature.
You use this next screen to identify the local E-mail server and one or more
destination addresses. For example, this ARX uses an E-mail server at
“” and sends messages to two recipients:
Setting Up SNMP Management
You can use the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) for managing and
monitoring ARX from one or more remote machines. Use the next screen to set up
your SNMP parameters:
Network management console IP address identifies a host machine that you trust
to perform SNMP “get” and “set’ operations. This is typically a host that runs the
network-management software for the site.
Community string is the community string to be used for SNMP “get” and “set”
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GUI Quick Start: Network
Setting Up Network Parameters
Community string access determines the privileges (read-only or read-write) for
any “get” or “set” that uses the community string.
Trap receiver IP address is the host to receive all SNMP traps. For a complete list
of SNMP traps from the ARX, see the SNMP Reference.
For example, this ARX allows “get” operations from a host at The SNMP
requests must use the “public” community string. Since that community string only
allows read access, “set” operations are prohibited. Also, this ARX sends all of its
SNMP traps to
Pairing with a Redundant ARX (optional)
You can use the final configuration screen to identify another ARX to be used as a
redundant peer. This switch must have a matching hardware configuration, and must
have been initially provisioned with redundancy in mind (as described in the
Hardware Installation manuals). The screen contains the following fields:
Redundancy interface(s) are one or more interfaces used for the redundancy link
between the peers. The peers use this link to exchange heartbeats and
synchronization data. The link is typically a direct connection between the peers.
If you select more than one port, the GUI creates a static (non-LACP) channel.
The ARX®500 has a single, dedicated port for this purpose, 1/2.
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GUI Quick Start: Network
Setting Up Network Parameters
Select the redundancy interface speed chooses a speed for the redundancy link.
A Gigabit connection is required for optimal failover performance; 100Mbps
connections are supported, but cause a longer interruption in service after a
failover. If you directly connect the peers, use 1000Mbps (Gigabit) with full
Management IP address of peer switch is an in-band management address at the
peer, or its OOB management address. This is used for the initial rendezvous
between peer switches.
Quorum file server IP address identifies a file server to host the pair’s quorum
disk. The quorum disk is an external CIFS share or NFS export that provides an
additional path for heartbeats; each peer writes its heartbeats to the quorum disk,
and reads the other switch’s heartbeat from the quorum disk. Choose a
highly-available, high-performance file server, where the round-trip time for
writing 1 block of data is less than 1 second. This file server must be reachable
from the in-band management IP configured on an earlier screen.
Quorum disk protocol is NFS or CIFS.
Quorum share or export identifies a dedicated share or export at the above file
server. This share cannot be used for any storage services later, though other
shares on the same file server may be used in storage services.
The remaining fields only apply to a CIFS share being used as the quorum disk;
they disappear if you choose an NFS variant for the Quorum disk protocol above.
A CIFS share requires proper authentication:
CIFS quorum file-server username is a valid username. The ARX uses this
identity to authenticate with the file server. Choose a username with
permission to read from and write to the share.
CIFS password is the above user’s password.
Confirm CIFS password asks for the password a second time, for
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GUI Quick Start: Network
Setting Up Network Parameters
For example, this ARX uses a 2-port channel to connect to a redundant switch at
You must invoke this wizard on the peer switch, too. The peer switch must have the
same visibility to all clients and servers so that it can support all of the same storage
services. It should also share the same NTP server(s). However, it must have unique
proxy-IP addresses, management-IP addresses, and hostname, so that you can manage
it independently. The switches form a pair after you finish the Initial Setup wizard on
both of them, as described in the next section.
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GUI Quick Start: Network
Setting Up Network Parameters
The last screen shows the total configuration from all of the previous screens. Review
this information before continuing; after you confirm, you cannot re-run this wizard.
To correct anything, click Back to return to any screen with misinformation, then click
Next to go back to the confirmation screen. Click Finish when you are satisfied. For
Further Network Configuration
The Initial Setup wizard provides all of the basic-networking configuration that is
required for most installations. For additional client/server VLANs, static routes,
multiple channels, or other complexity, you can use the CLI interface. To access and
use the CLI to configure network settings, follow the instructions in the CLI
Network-Management Guide. For a comprehensive listing of all CLI commands, refer
to the CLI Reference Guide.
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GUI Quick Start: Network
Setting Up Storage Services
Setting Up Storage Services
The preceding section described the first wizard in the GUI’s Common Operations
page. You can use the remaining wizards to set up storage services on the ARX. These
wizards are sufficient for most installations, and they introduce you to all of the major
configuration objects in the GUI and CLI. To edit or expand the configurations later,
you can use the detailed editing screens. These screens are accessible through the
navigation panel on the left side of the screen.
The major storage-configuration components are namespaces, volumes, and virtual
services. A namespace is a container for one or more volumes; it defines the protocol
(NFS and/or CIFS) and authentication parameters that are common to its volumes. A
volume aggregates the storage from one or more back-end file servers and is offered
to clients as a single storage unit. A virtual service exposes a volume to NFS and/or
CIFS clients. The GUI Quick Start Guide: NFS Storage explains how to set up NFS
storage, and the GUI Quick Start Guide: CIFS Storage explains how to set up CIFS.
To set up storage from the CLI, follow the instructions in the CLI
Storage-Management Guide.
Once you have at least one volume configured and exposed through a virtual service,
you can use storage-management policies to balance the storage load on your
back-end file servers, arrange for tiers of storage, create a continuously-updated
shadow copy of your volume, and/or migrate groups of files to file servers of your
choosing. The wizards under Storage Management Policies lead you through the
process of configuring each of these policies.
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GUI Quick Start: Network
Contacting Customer Service
Contacting Customer Service
You can use the following methods to contact Acopia Customer Service:
[email protected]
1-866-4Acopia (1-866-422-6742)
Acopia TAC Online
Acopia’s online customer
knowledge base and support
request system
GUI Quick Start: Network Setup
GUI Quick Start: Network
Contacting Customer Service
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