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QoreStor 7.3.0 - Installation Guide

Installing QoreStor

Before installing QoreStor, refer to System requirements and Installing QoreStor for additional information. To install QoreStor in Object Direct mode, refer to Installing QoreStor in Object Direct mode.

To install QoreStor

  1. Copy the QoreStor installation files to the server.
  2. Set execution permission on the installation files using chmod. For example,

    $ chmod a+x qs_inst_7.3.0.172.bin

  3. With elevated privileges (either as root or with the sudo command), run the installation script according to one of the two options below
    • qs_inst_7.3.0.172.bin -- -f –p <repository_path> -m <metadata_path> --mode=<cloud-optimized|standard|large> --accept-eula --install-deps [--install-vtl]

      where the following parameter definitions are true:

    • -f specifies that the installer should automatically apply firewall rules to open the necessary ports
    • -p <repository_path> specifies the repository path
    • -m <metadata_path> specifies where the dictionary and journals should be stored.If not specified, the repository path will be used.
    • --mode=<cloud-optimized|standard|large> specifies the installation mode. Refer to QoreStor installation modes for more information.
      • cloud-optimized: 43TB max storage, 64 GB dictionary
      • standard: 150 TB max. storage, 256 GB dictionary
      • Large: 360 TB max storage; 256 GB dictionary
    • --accept-eula: implicitly accepts the EULA and bypasses the prompt to accept the terms and conditions of the EULA
    • --install-deps: implicit permission to download and install the nfs-utils and policycoreutils packages if they are not already installed
    • --install-vtl: [Optional] installs components required for VTL support.


    • $ sudo ./qs_inst_7.3.0.172.bin

      and follow the prompts to :

      • provide a path for the storage directory
      • [Optional] provide a separate path for metadata storage
      • select an installation mode. Refer to QoreStor installation modes for more information
      • [Optional] install VTL support
      • [Optional] add firewall exceptions

      NOTE: To install VTL support, it is recommended to boot the QoreStor system with secure boot disabled..

Installing Qorestor with Protocols of Choice

For QoreStor fresh installation, the RDS protocol support is mandatory while NFS, CIFS, VTL, and Object Container protocol support is optional. QoreStor installer will not add the missing protocol package/s at the time of upgrading software to a newer version. However, the user can choose to install the missing protocol support at a later stage using following options:
qs_installer.bin --[--install-nfs|--install-cifs |--install-vtl |--install-object-container] option.
After the installation of selected protocol, QoreStor enables the support for respective container types.
QoreStor installation with protocols of choice is done with one of the following methods.

Interactive mode standard QoreStor installation with protocols of choice

To perform interactive mode installation of QoreStor with protocols of choice, execute the following command and continue with supported navigation

# ./qs_inst_7.3.0.172.bin

NOTE:User is advised to accept the EULA. Continue with the further navigation.

      Following is the CLI output displayed while installation.

      # ./
      Verifying archive integrity... 100% MD5 checksums are OK. All good.
      Uncompressing QoreStor Server7.3.0.172 100%

      === Checking server version ...
      Install/Upgrade Version:
      Getting object direct parameters...
      Object Direct Storage is available for storing data in the cloud.
      If you choose this option, you would be expected to enter a valid cloud connection string at a later stage.
      NOTE: VTL is not supported with Object Direct Storage. If you choose this option, VTL support will not be installed.
      Would you like to configure Object Direct Storage for storing data? yes/no:


      Getting path information...
      Please provide the path for the storage repository: [/]
      Optionally, please provide a path for metadata storage: [/QoreStor]
      Please select a storage configuration:
      Large: 360TB maximum storage capacity, 256GB dictionary
      Standard: 150TB maximum storage capacity, 256GB dictionary
      Small (Cloud-Optimized): 43TB maximum storage capacity, 256GB dictionary

      1) Large
      2) Standard
      3) Small (Cloud-Optimized)

      #? 2
      Standard configuration selected

      === Configuration Mode: standard ===
      CIFS support is available.
      Do you wish to install CIFS support? yes/no: yes
      CIFS support will be installed.
      NFS support is available.
      NOTE: Please note that NFS support is required for Instant Restore of CDP backups written to RDS containers.
      Do you wish to install NFS support? yes/no: yes
      NFS support will be installed.
      Object Container support is available.
      Do you wish to install Object Container support? yes/no: yes
      Object Container support will be installed.

      Checking dependencies:

      ...Checking nfs-utils... yes
      ...Checking policycoreutils... yes
      ...Checking glibmm24... yes
      ...Checking krb5-libs... yes
      ...Checking libsemanage... yes
      ...Checking libaio... yes
      ...Checking perl... yes
      ...Checking mutt... yes
      ...Checking yum-utils... yes
      ...Checking bind-utils... yes
      ...Checking libnsl... yes
      ...Checking boost... yes
      ...Checking xmlrpc-c... yes
      ...Checking xmlrpc-c-client... yes
      ...Checking bzip2-devel... yes
      ...Checking rpcbind... yes
      ...Checking libidn2... yes
      ...Checking attr... yes
      ...Checking sqlite... yes
      ...Checking libxml2... yes
      ...Checking rsyslog... yes
      ...Checking openssl... yes
      ...Checking lsof... yes
      ...Checking initscripts... yes
      ...Checking fio... yes
      ...Checking python3... yes
      ...Checking lsscsi... yes
      ...Checking realmd... yes
      ...Checking oddjob... yes
      ...Checking oddjob-mkhomedir... yes
      ...Checking samba-winbind... yes
      ...Checking samba-winbind-clients... yes
      ...Checking samba-winbind-krb5-locator... yes
      ...Checking samba-common-tools... yes
      ...Checking krb5-workstation... yes
      ...Checking samba... yes
      ...Checking samba-client... yes
      ...Checking samba-common... yes
      ...Checking adcli... yes
      ...Checking policycoreutils-python-utils... yes

      === Evaluating System...
      Supported Linux Distributions: centos rhel ol rocky almalinux
      Found Linux Distribution: rhel
      OS Test: PASS
      Supported Kernel Versions: 5.14.0-162 5.14.0-284
      Found Kernel: 5.14.0-284
      Kernel Test: PASS
      Min. Required # of CPU Cores: 4
      Actual # of CPU Cores: 48
      CPU Test: PASS
      Min. Required System Memory (GB): 32
      Actual System Memory (GB): 208
      Memory Test: PASS
      Min. Required Available Space in /QoreStor (GB): 500
      Actual Available Space in /QoreStor (GB): 66995
      Available Space Test: PASS
      === Running IOPS tests...
      Min. Required Seq. Write IOPS for /QoreStor: 450
      Actual Seq. Write IOPS for /QoreStor: 128177
      Seq. IOPS Test: PASS
      Min. Required Random Write IOPS for /QoreStor: 450
      Actual Random Write IOPS for /QoreStor: 73932
      Random IOPS Test: PASS
      ... Done ===
      Required Mount Options for /QoreStor: noatime dirsync
      Found Options for /QoreStor: noatime dirsync
      === Preparing components for install/upgrade...

      === Installing Version
      Installing component: oca-libs
      Installing component: choam-prod-1
      Installing component: storage-server-el
      Installing component: qs-libfuse3-3
      Installing component: minio-0
      Installing component: objstor-minio-20230320201618
      Installing component: qorestor-ui
      ... Done.

      === Configuring system...
      Repository Path: /QoreStor
      Metadata Path: /QoreStor
      Would you like to automatically add firewall exceptions for ports used by storage-server? yes/no:
      [Fri Oct 20 05:17:54 AM PDT 2023] Initializing configuration files... [Done]
      [Fri Oct 20 05:17:54 AM PDT 2023] Creating and initializing ingest buffer...[Done]
      [Fri Oct 20 05:19:11 AM PDT 2023] Creating and initializing de-duplication dictionary... [Done]
      [Fri Oct 20 05:19:11 AM PDT 2023] Checking for and generating self-signed certificate...
      [Fri Oct 20 05:19:11 AM PDT 2023] Checking for and generating SAML SP certificate...
      [Fri Oct 20 05:19:11 AM PDT 2023] Installing services... [Done]
      [Fri Oct 20 05:19:11 AM PDT 2023] Initializing services... [Done]
      [Fri Oct 20 05:19:12 AM PDT 2023] Adding firewall exceptions... [Done]
      ... Done.
      === Server installed/upgraded successfully.
      === Starting services ===
      Starting service: choam ...
      Stopping service: ...
      Starting service: ocards ...
      ... Done.
      === Management interface: https://r740-13:5233 ===

      Silent mode installation with protocols of choice

      Silent mode installation with protocols of choice executes QoreStor installation in cloud optimized mode with support for CIFS and NIS protocols along with mandatory RDS protocol installation. To choose correct mode, size of installation, and required protocol support, refer to Installing QoreStor in Object Direct mode, table number 5.
      The following example shows the above mentioned installation process.

      # ./qs_inst_7.3.0.172.bin -- -f -p /Qorestor -m /QSmetadata --accept-eula --install-deps --fix-mount-opts --no-vtl --no-object-container --no-object-direct --mode=cloud-optimized --install-cifs --install-nfs

      Adding protocol support post QoreStor installation

      You can add the missing protocol support to the installation by passing the appropriate arguments to the installer from the following options
      [--install-nfs|--install-cifs |--install-vtl |--install-object-container]


      For installing VTL support
      # ./qs_inst_7.3.0.172.bin -- --install-vtl

      For installing the CIFS protocol
      # ./qs_inst_7.3.0.172.bin -- --install-cifs

Logging in to QoreStor

To access the QoreStor UI, you must connect via a supported browser.

To access the QoreStor UI

  1. In a supported browser, navigate to https://<hostname:5233>

    NOTE: You can use either the host IP or hostname.

  2. Log in with the default credentials:
    • username: admin
    • password: St0r@ge!

NOTE: Change the default password when you first log in to QoreStor.

To access the QoreStor command line interface

  1. Using the terminal emulation application of your choice, connect to your QoreStor server.
  2. Starting with version 7.1, the qsadmin and qsservice users are not created on a fresh installation of QoreStor. Create a new user or employ an existing account to dedicate a user for QoreStor administration with the following command:

    /opt/qorestor/bin/ <provide-user-namehere>

    For QoreStor instances created with OVAs or from Azure Marketplace, refer to the respective guides.

  3. At the system prompt, enter the username for an account with super user privileges.
  4. For a list of QoreStor CLI commands, refer to the Quest QoreStor Command Line Reference Guide.

Upgrading QoreStor

This section is applicable to all QoreStor instances, including Virtual Machine instances (ESX and Hyper-V), AWS and Azure Marketplace instances, and DR Series migrated systems.

Depending on your environment and your comfort level with working in the Linux command line, you can upgrade using one of the following methods:

  • The Linux shell - Through the Linux shell you can manually upload the binaries, verify and change file permissions, and run the installer with additional parameters. Refer to Upgrading your QoreStor software using Linux shell
  • The QoreStor UI - In circumstances where access to the QoreStor server is restricted (or for those that choose not to upload the QoreStor binaries via the Linux shell), you may use the QoreStor UI to upload the QoreStor binary and signature files from your workstation. After uploading the files, you must run the upgrade from the Linux shell.  Refer to Upgrading QoreStor Software using the QoreStor UI.

Both upgrade methods require that you download the new binaries from the Quest website and run them on the QoreStor server.

Prior to upgrading, review the best practices and recommendations in Before you upgrade.

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