This topic describes how to manage a block gateway in the Cloud Storage Gateway console, including how to create, delete, and rename a block gateway.

Prerequisites

  1. An Alibaba Cloud account is created and the real-name verification is completed. For more information, see Create an Alibaba Cloud account.
    Note We recommend that you log on to the CSG console as a RAM user. For more information, see Use RAM to implement account-based access control.
  2. An Alibaba Cloud account is created and the real-name verification is completed. For more information, see Create an Alibaba Cloud account.
    Note We recommend that you log on to the CSG console as a RAM user. For more information, see Use RAM to implement account-based access control.
  3. CSG is activated.

    When you log on to the for the first time, activate the CSG service as prompted.

  4. A virtual private cloud (VPC) is available in the region where you want to create a block gateway. For more information, see Create an IPv4 VPC.
  5. An Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance is available in the region where you want to create a block gateway. The ECS instance runs in the VPC. For more information, see Create an ECS instance.
    Note If your on-premises host is connected to a VPC by using an Express Connect circuit, you can also manage the block gateway on your on-premises host.

Create a block gateway

  1. Log on to the CSG console.
  2. Select the region where you want to create a block gateway.
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, click Gateways. On the Current Gateway Cluster page, select the gateway cluster, and then click Create.
    If you have not created a gateway cluster, click Create Gateway Cluster on the Overview page to create a gateway cluster.
  4. In the Gateway Information step, set the required parameters, and then click Next. The following table describes the parameters.
    Parameter Description
    Name The name of the gateway that you want to create.

    The name must be 1 to 60 characters in length and can contain letters, digits, periods (.), underscores (_), and hyphens (-). It must start with a letter.

    Location The location where you want to deploy the gateway. Valid values: On-premises and Alibaba Cloud.
    • On-premises: specifies an on-premises block gateway that is deployed in your data center. You can deploy an on-premises block gateway either in the CSG console or in the on-premises block gateway console.
    • Alibaba Cloud: specifies a cloud block gateway that is deployed on Alibaba Cloud. You can deploy a cloud block gateway only in the CSG console.
    Type The type of the gateway that you want to create. Select iSCSI Gateway.
  5. In the Gateway Configurations step, set the required parameters, and then click Next.

    If you set Location to Alibaba Cloud, you must set the following parameters in this step.

    Parameter Description
    Edition The edition of the gateway that you want to create. Valid values: Basic, Standard, Enhanced, and Performance Optimized. For more information, see Specifications.
    VPC The VPC where you want to deploy the gateway.
    Note The specified VPC must be the VPC where your ECS instance or on-premises host resides.
    vSwitch The vSwitch that is connected to the gateway.
    Note
    • The specified vSwitch must be the vSwitch that is connected to your ECS instance or on-premises host.
    • If no gateway is available in the zone where the specified vSwitch resides, create a vSwitch in another zone.
    Public Network Bandwidth The public bandwidth.
    Note
    • By default, Public Network Bandwidth is not selected. If you want to use a gateway that resides in another region, you must select and set the Public Network Bandwidth parameter. For more information, see Upgrade the public bandwidth.
  6. In the Billing Information step, set the required parameters, and then click Next. The following table describes the parameters.
    Parameter Description
    Billing Method The method that the system uses to calculate fees for the gateway. Valid values: Pay-as-you-go and Subscription. For more information, see Billable items and billing methods.

    If you select Subscription, you are redirected to the Cloud Storage Gateway (Subscription) page after you create the block gateway. Then, you must complete the payment as prompted. For more information, see Purchase a subscription gateway.

    Expiration Policy Select an expiration policy for the gateway. Valid values: Switch to Pay-as-you-go and Release.
  7. In the Confirmation step, confirm your settings, and then click OK.
    • After you create a cloud block gateway, the system completes the deployment in 5 to 10 minutes. If the Running state is displayed in the Status column, the gateway is activated and deployed.
    • After you create an on-premises block gateway, click Activate Gateway in the Actions column. In the Activate Gateway dialog box, set the required parameters to activate the gateway. For more information, see Activate the gateway.

What to do next

The following table describes the related operations that you can perform on the Gateway Clusters page.

Operation Description
Delete a gateway Find the block gateway and choose More > Delete in the Actions column.
Note You can delete only pay-as-you-go block gateways.
Rename a gateway Find the block gateway and click Edit in the Actions column to rename the gateway.
Switch the billing method from pay-as-you-go to subscription After you create a pay-as-you-go gateway, you can switch the billing method from pay-as-you-go to subscription.

Find the file gateway and choose More > Switch to Subscription. You are then redirected to the buy page. Select a specification as needed. For more information, see Switch the billing method from pay-as-you-go to subscription.

Upload log data Find the file gateway and choose More > Upload Supported Data to upload the log data for troubleshooting.
Settle payments To settle the payment for a subscription gateway, choose More > Purchase.
Change expiration policies To change the expiration policy for a subscription gateway, find the gateway and choose More > Switchover Expiration Policy. For more information, see Switch the expiration policy.

What to do next

Create an iSCSI volume