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Yosemite brings Xsan 4, which brings a new way to add clients to an Xsan. Xsan Admin is gone. From now on, instead of scanning the network using Xsan Admin. we’ll be adding clients using a Configuration Profile. This is actually a much more similar process to adding Xsan clients to a StorNext environment than it is to adding clients to Metadata Controllers running Xsan 3 and below. But instead of making a fsnameservers file, we’re plugging that information into a profile, which will do that work on the client on our behalf. To make the Xsan configuration profile, we’re going to use Profile Manager. To get started, open the Profile Manager web interface and click on a device or device group (note, these are scoped to systems so cannot be used with users and user groups). Then click on the Settings tab for the object you’re configuring Xsan for. Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.37.14 AM Click Edit for the profile listed (Settings for <objectname>) and scroll down until you see the entry for Xsan. Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.37.32 AM From the Xsan screen, click Configure. Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.37.41 AM This next screen should look a little similar, in terms of the information you’ve plugged into the Xsan 4 setup screen. Simply enter the name of the Xsan in the Xsan Name field, the IP address or host names of your metadata controllers in the File System Name Servers field and the Authentication Secret from the Xsan screen in the Server app into the Authentication Secret field. Click OK to close the dialog. Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.38.29 AM Click Save to save your changes. Then you’ll see the Download button become clickable. Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.44.15 AM The profile will download to your ~/Downloads directory as Settings_for_<OBJECTNAME>.mobileconfig. So this was called test and will result in a name of Settings_for_test.mobileconfig. That profile will automatically attempt to install. If this is an MDC where you’re just using Profile Manager to bake a quick profile, or if you don’t actually want to install the profile yet, click Cancel. Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.43.43 AM If you haven’t worked with profiles that much, note that when you click Show Profile, it will show you what is in the profile and what the profile can do. Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.43.59 AM Simply open this file on each client (once you test it of course) and once installed, they’ll automatically configure to join your Xsan. If you don’t have a Profile Manager server, you can customize this file for your environment (YMMV): Settings_for_test.mobileconfig

October 30th, 2014

Posted In: Mac OS X Server, Xsan

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