ARX (Adaptive Resource Switch) is a filesystem virtualization switch, which provides intelligent file virtualization for storage environments. ARX can be used to tier files across multiple filers, provide disaster recovery services, and allow administrators to migrate files between backend filers without disruption of service. These are a few of the use cases for ARX, but by no means all of them. Over the next few months, we will be covering ARX heavily here on DevCentral. Let’s get started by deploying ARX Virtual Edition in our ESX environment.
ARX Virtual Edition resource requirements
The resource requirements are difference depending on the license you have for your ARX VE.
Confirm your configuration and click ‘Finish’ to finalize the initial setup
At this point, the VE instance should be fully configured with the exception of licensing the unit
Activating the license automatically
Locate the email you received containing the registration key and copy the key to your clipboard
Select ‘Activate License…’ from the web interface of ARX Manager
Paste the registration key into the field of the pop-up window and select ‘Automatic’ if your ARX has a route to the Internet, click ‘Next’
Agree to the EULA terms and click ‘Next’
If automatic activation worked correctly, you should be presented with a confirmation screen, click ‘Finish’
Activating the license manually
Follow steps 1-2 from the previous selection
Paste the registration key into the field of the pop-up window and select ‘Manual’
Copy the dossier to your clipboard and click ‘Click here to access F5 licensing server’
Paste dossier into the text field and click ‘Next’
Copy the license to your clipboard and post it into the ‘License’ field of the pop-up window, click ‘Next’
If manual activation worked correctly, you should be presented with a confirmation screen, click ‘Finish’ (should look like confirmation from previous section, step 5)
Now that you’ve got ARX VE up and running in your environment, you can begin playing with some of the functionality. We will be using a combination of commercial filer simulators in the examples that follow over the next few months. If you want to get ahead of the game, get your favor filer up and running on your ESX box. See everyone next week!