Installation of prerequisite packages

RHEL/CentOS

yum install httpd gcc perl kernel-devel sg3_utils iotop sysstat

Ensure that the kernel-devel package version matches the installed kernel version
To get the kernel-devel package version
rpm -qa | grep kernel-devel
To get the running kernel version
uname -r

If the kernel-devel version is ahead of the installed kernel then do the following additional steps
yum upgrade kernel
reboot
yum upgrade kernel-devel

QLogic Firmware


The recent 8.07 firmware is recommended for QLA/QLE 24xx/25xx which can be got from https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/firmware/linux-firmware.... .

Firmware can also be updated using the following links
http://www.quadstor.com/vtlnext/firmware.tgz
http://www.quadstor.com/vtlnext/firmware2400.tgz

Firmware upgrade

On the VTL system as root user

1. tar xvzf firmware.tgz (For the qla/qle24xx cards use tar xvzf firmware2400.tgz)

2. sh firmware/copyfirmware.sh

3. Reboot

4. grep "fw=" /var/log/dmesg This should be fw=8.07.00 or greater

NetApp Host Access

LUN 0 when accessed over Fiber Channel is a SCSI processor device. The sole purpose of this device is to enumerate the VTL LUNs in response to a REPORT LUNS SCSI command. However LUN 0 as a SCSI processor devices does not work for NetApp hosts. LUN 0 can emulate a basic medium changer device which works well for NetApp hosts. The procedure to do this is a follows

/sbin/modprobe qla2xxx
touch /etc/modprobe.d/qla2xxx.conf
echo "qla2xxx emulate_changer=1"  > /etc/modprobe.d/qla2xxx.conf

The above steps need to be done only once before installing the VTL software for the first time. Verify that option is set correctly after installing the VTL software and rebooting the system cat /sys/module/qla2xxx/parameters/emulate_changer

SLES 12/15

zypper install apache2 gcc perl kernel-default-devel sg3_utils
On SLES 15 systems 
zypper install libopenssl1_0_0 (available from the Legacy repository)

Debian 7/8/9

apt-get install uuid-runtime build-essential sg3-utils apache2 psmisc linux-headers-`uname -r`
apt-get install firmware-qlogic (for FC access)
On Debian8/9 and Ubuntu 16.04:
a2enmod cgi 

Debian 9

On Debian 9 install the latest libssl1.0 from https://packages.debian.org/jessie/amd64/libssl1.0.0/download
  For e.g
  wget -c http://security-cdn.debian.org/pool/updates/main/o/openssl/libssl1.0.0_1.0.1t-1+deb8u11_amd64.deb
  dpkg -i libssl1.0.0_1.0.1t-1+deb8u11_amd64.deb

NOTE 1:  firmware-qlogic package maybe unavailable from the apt-get install command unless you   add  ‘non-free’  to the /etc/apt/sources list.

Run the following chkconfig commands to start httpd/apache2 on system startup

CentOS 6, Debian 7
/sbin/chkconfig --add httpd (RHEL/CentOS)
/sbin/chkconfig --add apache2 (SLES 11)

CentOS 7, Debian 8/9, SLES 12/5
systemctl enable httpd

Change firewall rules to accept TCP connections to port 80 for accessing the GUI. For example to allow any host to access the GUI

On CentOS 6
sudo iptables -I INPUT -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT
sudo service iptables save
On CentOS 7
sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=80/tcp
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Installation or Upgrading the VTL software

  • Login to the target system as root
  • Uninstall any previous version of the software by (in the same order listed)
On RHEL/CentOS/SLES 12/15

sh# rpm -e quadstor-xxxx  - where the version can be got by
sh# rpm -qa | grep quadstor
On Debian systems

Extended Edtion:
sh# dpkg -r quadstor-vtl-ext
/quadstorvtl/pgdata contains the configuration database of the software. This data is maintained even after an uninstall of the software and is required during upgrades. If this data were to manually removed all previous configuration such as configured storage, VTL information etc is lost. Refer to http://www.quadstor.com/support/131-recovering-from-a-lost-or-damaged-database.html to recover from a lost or damage database

  • Install the packages by running the following commands (in the same order listed)
On RHEL/CentOS/SLES 12/15:
sh# rpm -ivh quadstor-vtl-xxx.rpm

On Debian Systems
dpkg -i quadstor-vtl-xxx.deb

By default quadstorvtl services are automatically started during system startup.If you wish to start the service manually then run the following command

sh# /sbin/chkconfig --del quadstorvtl

To start the service manually

sh# service quadstorvtl start

To stop the service

sh# service quadstorvtl stop
If the system already has other iscsi target software services running, ensure that they are not started on system startup and while starting the quadstorvtl service
After an install and if a reboot was not initiated you will need to manually start the quadstor service. However if after the install the system was rebooted quadstorvtl service would have started automatically

SELinux Considerations

While the package installation and quadstorvtl start script takes care of on SELinux enabled environment the following need to be done if you have SELinux enabled

/usr/sbin/setsebool -P httpd_enable_cgi 1
/usr/sbin/semanage permissive -a httpd_t
On RHEL/CentOS 6.x you need to install policycoreutils-python package (yum install policycoreutils-python) to install semanage utility

Fibre Channel driver installation

A reboot is required to load the new FC driver if LUNs are to be accessed via the FC interface