Rubrik install process walk-through
To get things started I used a VM on the same network as the Rubrik nodes were on. I installed Bonjour from Apple and made sure Google Chrome was installed for HTML5. Once that was done I wrote down all of the interface address from the back of each of the nodes and tried to ping one of them to make sure I could reach them. You simply use the “interface-address.local” to reach them.
Next up I opened up Chrome and entered one of the .local addresses. You can connect to any of the nodes in the cluster to setup or manage them. You are shown that it will be creating the “admin” user and asked to enter an email address and the password.
After clicking continue on the previous screen you can see from the image below that it’s gathering data. One of the main things that its actually doing is discovering the other nodes available on the network.
Once done with the discovery I was prompted with a System Setup screen as shown below. Here you just need to fill in details about your network, give the cluster a name, and provide two IP addresses for each node. Also something to note is to check the lower Nodes section to make sure it discovered all of the nodes you have connected. Then click the blue setup button at the bottom to proceed.
The system begins performing the setup and this step only takes a minute or two.
I was quickly prompted by the next screen to enter the connection information for Rubrik to connect to a VMware vCenter Server. You have the option to enter one or many, based on your environment.
The last step here is it’s discovering the VMs in the vCenter Server that I connected it to. This took just a few minutes for the 250ish VMs that were in the inventory. I was told that more VMs would slightly lengthen the discovery time.
After the discovery I was taken to the login screen as the brik was ready to be used. I entered the admin ID and password created in the earlier step.
Once logged in there was a summary screen that was shown. This is not the standard management screen, this is showing the default protection policies and a list of all VMs discovered. By clicking the Done button, I am taken to the main management screen. I will do a more detail management walkthrough in followup posts.
By now you should have a good idea of what type of hardware is included within a Rubrik device and what the install process is like. I was very pleased with how easy and polished the install process was. Having seen others try and take this approach and they don’t seem to work the first try, this install worked right away with no issues. I’m really looking forward to doing further testing and learning more about Rubrik’s capabilities.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design