Belnet Storage - Technical FAQ

How to access to the management interface?
How to create a password and how to reset it?
Who can I contact in case of problem?
What types of volume can we create on the management interface?
How to create volume via the management interface?

iSCSI Volume:

How to create an iSCSI volume?
How do I connect to my iSCSI volume on Ubuntu Linux?
How do I connect to my iSCSI volume on Windows?

NFS Volume:

How to create a NFS volume?
How do I connect to my NFS volume on Ubuntu Linux?
How do I connect to my NFS volume on Windows?

How to access to the management interface?

If you have signed the agreement, Belnet will configure your Belnet Storage Account into the interface. When you have received your username and Password, you can access to the interface.

How to create a password and how to reset it?

When you have signed your contract, Belnet will create and send your username and password. You can reset your password on https://changepassword.belnet.be/.

Who can I contact in case of problem?

You can contact our Belnet Service Desk via email servicedesk@belnet.be or by phone: 02 790 33 00.

What types of volume can we create on the management interface?


You can create 2 types of volumes: NFS and iSCSI:

  • iSCSI : This volume gives your sensitive data increased security.
  • NFS: This volume is ideal for data sharing and media library management.

How to create volume via the management interface?

To create a new volume, press the 'Add new volume' button.
You should add a Volume Name, Size (in TB), Description and Type (iSCSI or NFS).

How to create an iSCSI volume?

Enable CHAP Username & Password: (Optional, default: No CHAP)
You can enable CHAP Username & Password, and enter a CHAP username and CHAP password.
This CHAP username and CHAP password is only used to connect to the target (not for the discovery of the target).
Please note that Your CHAP username should differ for all your volumes.

iSCSI Client Name (IQN): (Optional, default: empty)
If you want to add a IQN (iSCSI Qualified Name), you can add a IQN in the form of iqn.2017-09.be.belnet:test.

ISCSI Client IP Address or Subnet: (Optional, default: empty/everyone)
You can add some Network addresses that have access to your iSCSI target.
This can be entered as CIDR notation or IP Address (e.g. 193.190.198.1,193.190.198.1/32 or 193.190.198.0/24)

Please note: if you don't specify one of the following, your iSCSI target is open for everyone.

If you click 'Add Volume', a task started to create the volume.
This can take a while (depending on the size and type of the volume), after the task is executed your volume is ready to be used.

How do I connect to my iSCSI volume on Ubuntu Linux?

  1. Install a iSCSI initiator, here we choose open-iscsi:
    	sudo apt-get install open-iscsi
        
  2. Configure your initiator:
    	/etc/iscsi/initiatorname.iscsi 
            InitiatorName=<your IQN used while creating the volume> 
            /etc/iscsi/iscsid.conf //
            if you want to login into your volume on boot 
            node.startup = automatic 
            //CHAP settings node.session.auth.authmethod = CHAP 
            node.session.auth.username = <CHAP Username> 
            node.session.auth.password = <CHAP Password>
        
  3. Discover your volume:
        sudo iscsiadm -m discovery -t st -p <IP Address> 
        <IP Address>:3260,1 iqn.2017-09.be.belnet:<Volume Name>
        
  4. Login into your volume:
        sudo iscsiadm -m node --target iqn.2017-09.be.belnet:<Volume Name> -p <IP Address> --login
        Logging in to [iface: default, target: iqn.2017-09.be.belnet:<Volume Name>, portal: <IP Address>,3260] (multiple) 
        Login to [iface: default, target: iqn.2017-09.be.belnet:<Volume Name>, portal:<IP Address> ,3260] successful.
        

How do I connect to my iSCSI volume on Windows?

1. Open Windows Server Manager (start => Server manager)

dashboard - Windows Server Manager

2. Click on 'Tools' => iSCSI initiator

dashboard configuration local server

3. Click 'Yes' to run the ISCSI initiator Service (this should be done only the first time, after that the service is started automatically)

iSCSI start service screen

4. Ensure that your IQN is correctly entered on the webinterface:

Click on 'Configuration' and check that the 'Inititor name' is correctly entered in the web GUI (if you entered one), otherwise the volume will not be discovered.

configuration setting board

5. Enter your Volume IP in the 'Targets' field and click 'Quick Connect' and click 'Done'.

discover target board

6. Click Connect => Advanced.

connect to target

7. Click on 'Enable CHAP logon' and enter your CHAP credentials and click on 'OK'. If everything goes well you should now see that your target is connected.

chap credentials screen

8. Go to 'Disk Managment' tools (right click on the start menu and click 'Disk Management').

open disk management

disk management
 

9. Right click on the disk and click on 'Online' to bring the disk online

disk online

 

10. Right click again on the disk and click 'Initialize Disk'

initialize disk board
 

11. Choose your partitioning style and click 'OK'

Choose your partitioning style and click OK

12. Right click on the unallocated space and click 'New Simple Volume'

connect to target

13. Follow the wizard, assign a drive letter and your volume is ready to use  

New Simple Volume Wizard  Specify volume Size

Assign Drive letter or path  Format Partition

Completing the new simple volume wizard

14. The volume is ready to use

The volume is ready

How to create a NFS volume?

To create a new volume, you can press the 'Add new volume' button.
You should add a volume name, Size (in TB), Description and Type (NFS).

NFS Client IP Address or Subnet: (mandatory)
IP Addresses that should have access to the volumes.
You can specify it in CIDR notation or IP Address (e.g. 193.190.198.1,193.190.198.1/32 or 193.190.198.0/24).

How do I connect to my NFS volume on Ubuntu Linux?

  1. Install the NFS client
    	sudo apt-get install nfs-common
        
  2. Create your mountpoint:
    	sudo mkdir -p /mnt/belnet-nfs
        
  3. Mount the volume:
        sudo mount :/mnt/ /mnt/belnet-nfs
        

Please note that you have to change your IP address and your volume name accordingly.

How do I connect to my NFS volume on Windows?

1. Open Windows Server Manager (start => Server manager)

Open server Manager

2. Click 'Manage Add Roles'

Add a role

3. Follow the wizard, to install the NFS Client feature.

Before you begin 
 
Select installation type

Select destination server

Select Server role

Select Feature

Confirm installation

Installation progress

4. Click on Map Network Drive

What network folder would you like to map

5. Permission issue

If you have a write permission issue you can resolve it by performing this.

  1. Run regedit on the Windows machine and locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ClientForNFS\CurrentVersion\Default
  2. Add two DWORD values: AnonymousUid and AnonymousGid
  3. Restart the Client for NFS service or reboot the computer.

*.reg file example for quick adding:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ClientForNFS\CurrentVersion\Default]
"AnonymousUid"=dword:000003e8
"AnonymousGid"=dword:000003e8

 

 

 

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