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QoreStor 6.0.0 - Installation Guide

Licensing QoreStor

QoreStor offers a backend capacity licensing model to allow for simple integration with other Quest Data Protection products.

  • Standalone license - QoreStor is licensed by the amount of backend capacity required. Standalone licenses are available as either perpetual licenses (with no expiration), or term licenses, which expire after a specified period of time.
  • NOTE: Term licenses are intended for specific customer use cases, i.e., licensing according to yearly billing cycles. A perpetual license is appropriate for most customers.

QoreStor licenses are additive, meaning that if you purchase a 5TB license now, and a 10TB license in the future, you will have 15TB total capacity.

NOTE: Licenses for QoreStor are specific to the QoreStor server. When installing a license, the System ID for your QoreStor server is required. You can obtain the System ID with the command system --show | grep "System ID"

Evaluating QoreStor

QoreStor offers two methods for evaluation:

  • Default installation - If no license is installed, QoreStor defaults to a no-cost, 1TB capacity installation supported by the QoreStor Community. This option requires no license and does not expire.
    • If a license is applied to a server running in this mode, the free 1TB is not added to the purchased license capacity.
    • When installed in Demo mode, the capacity is limited to 100GB.
  • Full capacity trial - available on the Quest Software Trial site, which provides a 30-day evaluation license for up to 360TB and access to Quest Support. After the evaluation period has expired, the QoreStor server will operate in Manual Intervention mode until a license is applied. To use QoreStor beyond that time frame, you will need to purchase a perpetual standalone license.
    • If installed in Demo mode, the capacity is limited to 100GB
    • If a longer trial period is required, please contact Quest Sales.

If you have purchased a standalone license, you can install it using the system --license command, as described in the QoreStor Command Line Reference Guide.

NOTE: When ordering a license, the System ID for your QoreStor server is required. You can obtain the System ID with the command system --show | grep "System ID"

Installing a license

You can add a license to QoreStor through either the QoreStor GUI or the command line interface.

To install a license:

  1. In the navigation menu, click System.
  2. Scroll to the License Information section at the bottom of the page.
  3. Click Upload License.
  4. Click Choose File and select the license file. Click Open.
  5. Click Apply.

NOTE: You may also install a QoreStor license from the command line interface using the command:

system --license [--show] [--verbose] [--validate] [--file <path>] [--add] [--file <path>]

Refer to the QoreStor Command Line Reference Guide for more information.

QoreStor installation modes

QoreStor can be installed in one of four installation modes, each with different hardware requirements and expected performance levels.

  • Large - This is the mode of installation that will yield the highest capacity and performance. Large mode supports a back-end capacity of up to 360 TB. It also requires that the data and metadata volumes are on separate RAID sets.
  • Standard - This is the mode of installation that will suit most environments as it supports a back end capacity of up to 150TB.
  • Cloud Optimized - This is a smaller footprint installation designed to maximize cost-effectiveness for operation in cloud environments. The data dictionary size is reduced to reflect the lower backend capacity limit of 43TB.
  • Demo - Demo mode is the least hardware-intensive option used for initial evaluation or lightweight testing. Demo mode can easily be installed on a virtual machine running on most workstations. Demo mode is not suitable for any production application and does not allow any license expansion. Demo mode supports a back end capacity of up to 100GB.

NOTE: For information on available virtual machine configurations, refer to the topic "QoreStor VM Specifications" in Chapter 5.

System requirements

Installation requirements and platform support information is updated continually in the QoreStor Interoperability Guide. Please refer to that document for up-to-date information.

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