Whether as a result of outgrowing your facilities, changing travel needs, or for any other reason, you may find at some point that it’s necessary to physically relocate your EVO.
Here are some suggestions to ensure a smooth transition of your EVO storage server to its new location. Please read through the following completely before beginning the process.
- First, ensure a current backup is available. Having a backup in place is always recommended, but more so any time any maintenance is to be performed.
- Make a note and/or get a screenshot of the current IP addresses at the EVO’s Connectivity page in the web administration. The new location may have a different addressing scheme, and knowing how to reach the EVO in advance can save significant time.
- Ensure all volumes are unmounted from the workstations before shutting down the EVO from the System page.
- Once the EVO is powered off, pull the power cables.
- Note the location and/or get a photo of any cables plugged in at the rear of the chassis, and label them accordingly if they’ll be moving with the system.
- If there are any expansion chassis, pull their power cables as well, and pay close attention to their SAS cable placement before disconnecting them. Note that the expansions should always be powered on prior to powering on the head unit (first on/last off).
- The disks are the most sensitive part of the move operation, and it’s imperative that their positions are preserved. It’s typically safest to remove and pack the disks separately. Each drive tray has a release tab, as well as a slider lock; you may need to unlock the door before the tab will release.
- Eject each disk one at a time, and verify that they’re labeled exactly according to the quad/drive layout sticker on the chassis lid before removing them completely from their bays. The disks should then be placed into anti-static bags and packed carefully to ensure they don’t get jostled during the move.
- Make sure all power and required connectivity cables are packed, as well as any hardware required to secure the chassis in the new location.
- The EVO chassis can then be removed from the rack and packed. While the chassis will weigh significantly less without the disks installed, it’s still safest to have a lift-partner to assist with handling it, since the weight will shift suddenly when removing the chassis from the rails.
- Once installed in the new location, the order of operations is essentially reversed. Return the disks to their original positions, use the sliders to lock the drive tray doors, and ensure any expansion chassis are reconnected as before and powered on before powering up the head unit.
- If the local addressing is different at the new location and the EVO isn’t immediately accessible, you can either adjust a connected workstation’s network adapter to match the appropriate EVO port’s subnet, or connect a keyboard and monitor to configure the EVO’s network interfaces to match the environment. If no display is available, using the Alt+D key combination on a connected keyboard will reset EVO's eth0 port to the default address of 192.168.1.25.
- Log into the EVO web administration and ensure everything shows green at the Status page and at the NAS & Project Sharing page before attempting to access any network shares.
Open a support case if there are any outstanding questions or concerns on relocating your system!