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Combining Xsan Controllers and StorNext Clients

StorNext is a shared file system owned by Quantum that was originally named CentraVision File System (CVFS). Xsan is fully compatible with Quantum’s StorNext File System, so you can set up Xserve and RAID systems to act as SAN controllers and storage for Windows, Sun Solaris, UNIX, IBM AIX, SGI IRIX, or Linux clients running StorNext FX software.

To determine if you have compatible versions of Xsan and StorNext, refer to the table “Xsan 2 Compatibility,” earlier in this chapter.

Acquiring a StorNext License

A Macintosh Xsan client or controller is licensed using the single-copy serial number printed on the Xsan installation disc sleeve, or using serial numbers you purchased separately. Licenses for StorNext are purchased from Quantum when you buy the StorNext software. Xsan clients do not use or count against StorNext File System client licenses.

Using Xsan Controllers with StorNext Clients

You can configure Quantum’s StorNext software to access an Xsan SAN from a Windows, UNIX, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, SGI IRIX, or Linux computer using these steps:

  1. Install the StorNext File System software on the non-Macintosh client following Quantum’s StorNext instructions.
  2. Copy the Macintosh Xsan controller’s shared secret file (using the same name) to the non-Macintosh client. On SGI IRIX, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, and Linux StorNext clients, put the file in /usr/cvfs/config/. On Windows clients, put the file in \%cvfsroot%\config\, where %cvfsroot% is the folder where you installed StorNext.

    The shared secret file is named .auth_secret. On a Macintosh Xsan controller, it is stored in the folder /Library/Filesystems/Xsan/config.

  3. Place a StorNext license file on the Macintosh Xsan controller for each of your non-Macintosh clients. On the Xsan controller, put the file (named license.dat) in the folder /Library/Filesystems/Xsan/config.
  4. Connect the non-Macintosh client to your SAN’s Fibre Channel and Ethernet networks.
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