Getting installation right for storage management

* Symantec product slightly easier to get up and running than HP SRM wares

Getting installation right for storage management

By Logan Harbaugh

To measure the products' overall ease of installation, we installed both in Windows and Linux/Unix environments. Ironically, both products we tested are simpler to install on Linux/Unix than on Windows servers. With Windows install, both have requirements like installing Windows Server options such as SNMP, using a static IP addresses, manually creating special accounts, physically changing starting parameters of installed services or granting exotic rights (software restriction policies, for example).

Installation of the Storage Essentials suite requires a fair amount of planning - for instance, if you don't support fully qualified domain names for internal servers, which is common for organizations that use network address translation schemes and only expose a few systems directly to the Internet, you'll need to reconfigure your DNS server to support fully qualified host names for internal hosts. This can be avoided, but only by using HTTP rather than Secure-HTTP for the management application.

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Harbaugh is a freelance writer and consultant with 20 years of systems administration and testing experience. He can be reached at
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