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Add cache disks

Last Updated: Jun 27, 2019

Version 1.0.35 and later allow you to use gateways in the Alibaba Cloud CSG console.

You can view task progress, restart NSF and SMB shares, and create, edit, and delete shares in the Alibaba Cloud CSG console, as shown in the following figure:

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Before you create a share, you must add a cache disk to the gateway. Gateways deployed on Alibaba Cloud and on-premises require different methods for adding cache disks. The following topics describe how to add cache disks to these gateways.

Add cache disks to on-premises gateways

After the gateway is deployed, you must add a disk to the host that runs the platform where the gateway is deployed, for example, VMware vSphere and Hyper-V. You can configure cache settings in the gateway console or Alibaba Cloud CSG console only after a disk is added to the gateway.

Note: A file gateway supports a minimum cache capacity of 40 GB. If the disk capacity is smaller than 40 GB, it cannot be discovered.

Add disks to VMware vSphere

1.If the gateway is deployed on VMware vSphere, you must add disks to the host that runs VMware vSphere, as shown in the following figures:

Select the target gateway, click the Configuration tab, and click Edit Settings.

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In the dialog box that appears, click Select and choose a hard disk.

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Click Add and specify the disk capacity.

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In this example, only one hard disk is added. You can add multiple disks based on your actual needs.

Add disks to Hyper-V

1、If the gateway is deployed on Hyper-V, you must add disks to the host that runs Hyper-V, as shown in the following figures:

The host must be restarted if you add disks by using an IDE controller. However, you do not need to restart the host if you add disks by using an SCSI controller. We recommend that you use an SCSI controller to add disks.

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Select Virtual hard disk and specify the disk capacity. In this example, a virtual hard disk with a capacity of 100 GB is added.

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After the configuration is completed, click Apply and OK. In this example, only one hard disk is added. You can add multiple disks based on your actual needs.

Add cache disks to gateways deployed on Alibaba Cloud

Before you create a share, you must add a cache disk to the gateway.

1.Log on to the Alibaba Cloud CSG console, click the target gateway, and then click Cache in the left-side navigation pane, as shown in the following figure:

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2.Click Create in the upper-right corner. You can specify a custom cache capacity, as shown in the following figure:

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3.Click OK to go to the checkout page. Confirm the order and settle the payment.

Cache disks that you have added are listed on the Cache page, as shown in the following figure:

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Expand the cache disks of gateways deployed on Alibaba Cloud

1.You can expand a cache disk by clicking the plus sign (+) in the Actions column.

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Note: When you expand a cache disk, the gateway automatically restarts. You cannot perform any operations on the gateway during this process.

Click OK to go to the checkout page. Confirm the order and settle the payment.

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2.You can view the resized cache disk on the Cache page after a few minutes.

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