Overview

You can use the step-by-step Bulk Provisioning Wizard workflow to configure multiple appliances (nodes) in one simple process. The nodes you're configuring must be powered up and network-accessible. No other configuration steps are needed on these nodes.

Pre-configured nodes are not eligible for bulk provisioning. Once the process is complete, the nodes will not be eligible for a second bulk provisioning workflow.

Step 1: Access the Bulk Provisioning Wizard

The Bulk Provisioning workflow can be initiated via the 'Provisioning' step of the Setup Wizard or from the 'Cluster' menu in Gemini Enterprise: Manage user interface.

Access Bulk Provisioning from Gemini Setup Wizard

Access Bulk Provisioning from the Gemini Enterprise: Manage User Interface

Step 2: Appliance Discovery

This step discovers and confirms the entire set of appliances that are to be configured. The discovery process can be done in one of two ways:

a. If the IP addresses of all appliances are known, and available in a text file, it can be uploaded to launch the discovery process. Each IP address must be on a new line.

b. Alternatively, the appliances can be discovered on the network by performing an IP subnet scan, using a CIDR notation to specify the subnet, e.g. 192.168.156.0/24. The scope of the subnet will determine the length of time taken for the scan to complete.

Step 3: Network Settings

This step configures the mechanism used for assigning IP addresses of the appliances being configured. The default option 'Network settings - Static assigned' uses dynamic assignment using a DHCP server.

Alternatively, choosing 'Network settings - Static assigned' will utilize DHCP for the initial assignment only, but then use that IP as the static setting from that point onwards. This is useful when building a DHCP server for deployment temporarily, and the DHCP server is not needed after that step.

Step 4: Hostname

This step provides multiple options for automatically assigning a hostname to each appliance being provisioned. If DNS records have been assigned for each appliance, the 'Use Reverse DNS Lookup' option uses the hostname discovered through the DNS server.

Alternatively, the 'Specify Custom Pattern' option allows the specification of a custom string pattern composed of text and certain allowed tokens, to automatically compose a hostname. The following tokens are allowed:

  • '$service_tag$' - is replaced with the service tag of the appliance, as indicated on the box or available from Gemini support.
  • '$increment$' - is an automatically incrementing number.

Step 5: Change Admin Password

This step is used to specify the password for the admin account on each appliance being configured. It is recommended that you use a strong password or if applicable, follow appropriate password security policy as required for your enterprise.

All the appliances will be updated with the same admin password.

Step 6: Connect to LDAP

If an LDAP account is required for access to each appliance, this step allows the specification of LDAP server authentication information. This will be used to authenticate users upon login to the appliance.

LDAP authentication is optional, and by default the appliance resorts to local account-based authentication. Choose '**SKIP**' if you don't plan to use LDAP authentication.

Step 7: SSH Authentication

This step allows configuration of SSH access on each appliance being configured. It allows the specification of a password for SSH access, or the upload of an SSH key to complete the key exchange and bypass the password.

The key needs to be in the OpenSSH Public Key format. On Amazon AWS, select key-pairs at instance creation. These are are automatically configured and don't have to be reuploaded again. This step is optional and can be skipped.

Step 8: Bulk Provisioning Summary

This summary screen lists all the appliances about to be provisioned along with configuration settings. It should be used as a final review and confirmation step before starting the automated configuration step. It's also strongly recommended that you download the .CSV file for future reference.

Select Start to initiate the automated provisioning process. This may take several minutes or longer depending on the number of appliances being provisioned. The status of each appliance is updated in real-time. Once all the appliances have been provisioned, select 'Finished'.

You can now access all the appliances that have been provisioned using their IP addresses.