Cloud Lab-8 : How to Install Virtual SAN Server (Openfiler Part 1)

LAB-8 TASKS (Part 1)

In this Lab we perform following tasks

  1. Download Virtual SAN.
  2. Create VM for Virtual SAN
  3. Information required  for Virtual SAN installation
  4. Install Virtual SAN

1-Download Virtual SAN

In my lab. I am going to use Openfiler Virtual SAN for shared storage. It is open source and free and have good compatibility with VSphere environment. It provides different type of shared storage. Such as ISCSI, NFS, SMB etc.
You download Openfiler SAN latest ISO file from “”

2-Create VM for Virtual SAN

o   Right Click on Server and Choose New Virtual Machine
o   Enter VM Name (Cloud-VSAN) and Inventory Location
o   Select Datastore
o   Select Virtual Machine Version: select latest available
o   Select “Other (64-bit)” as OS Version
o   # of Virtual Processors: 1
o   Amount of RAM: 1GB
o   Network

      • # of NICs: 1
      • Adapter Type: E1000
      • Select “Connect at Power On

o   SCSI Controller: LSI Logic Parallel
o   Create Disk1 (5 GB) – OS Disk
o   Create Disk 2 (50 GB) – Data Disk
o   Create Disk 3 (50 GB) – Data Disk
o   Create Disk 4 (50 GB) – Data Disk
o   Use thin provision.


3-Information required for Virtual SAN installation

Before starting to install Virtual SAN Server. You must need to know following information

      • system name (
      • VSAN IP address (
      • DNS IP (
      • Time zone settings (Asia/Karachi) or whatever your time zone is
      • Enter forward and Reverse DNS Entry for 

4-Installation Virtual SAN

Mount “Openfiler ISO” to Virtual machine and boot from CD-ROM, Press “Enter”.


Leave as Default, Click “Next” 


Leave as Default, Click “Next”


From a Drop down choose – “Create custom layout” – for a disk drive partitions, Click “Next”


View the “Disk layout”


Select “OS Disk”, in our case it is “/dev/sda”, click “New”


Create “/boot” partition, make sure only sda1 is checked. Click “OK”


Create “/” partition, make sure only sda1 is checked as highlighted -> Click “Ok”


Create “swap” partition, make sure only “sda1” is checked as highlighted. Click “OK”


Review the partition layout which we have created, Click “Next”  


Leave as default, Click “Next”.


Click on Edit button from “Network Device” section to set IP address. Choose Manual (set your IP) and Disable IPv6 if you are not using it.


Set virtual SAN “host name” and other Network Settings (Gateway/DSN), Click “Next”


Select your “time Zone” Settings, Click “Next”


Set “Root” user password “P@ssw0rd” or whatever you like, Click “Next”


Click “Next” to start the installation.


It will take minute or two for installation, press “reboot”


Open the Openfiler (Vritual SAN) VM Console and see the Welcome Screen with Web Admin GUI Details.


That’s it for the installation part, i will go through the process to configure Virtual SAN (openfiler) for my cloud in my next post.


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