StarWind® Ceph all-in-one Cluster: How to deploy Ceph all-in-one Cluster

Published: June 2017

Ceph is an open-source software storage platform providing a unified and easily accessible system for storing blocks, files, and objects. It delivers simple storage scalability and high performance while eliminating single points of failure, ensuring additional resiliency.

This guide further describes how to deploy and configure a Ceph all-in-one cluster and create a Ceph monitor and OSD.

The Ceph cluster is built on one ESXi VM with Debian 8 installed on top of it.

The first step is to deploy the virtual machine and install the operating system. Here, Debian 8 ISO should be downloaded and the ESXi virtual machine created. After that, the ISO image should be mounted to the VM and booted from it.

Next, the Debian OS must be installed. This requires setting an eligible language, location, and time zone. Afterward, the network must be configured and a user account created. Next, the appropriate disk partitioning options must be selected and changes should be written to the disks.

After this, the package manager should be configured and a Debian Archive mirror selected. Then, popularity contest must be configured, the required software selected and the GRUB boot loader installed.

Further, the virtual machine should be configured. Here, a Virtual Disk with a desirable size must be added to the VM. Next, the VM should be booted into the installed OS.

Finally, the Ceph all-in-one cluster must be deployed using appropriate commands.

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