AWS Storage Gateway
User Guide (API Version 2013-06-30)

Activate Your Appliance

After configuring your IP address, you enter this IP address in the console Hardware screen, as described following. The activation process validates that your hardware appliance has the appropriate security credentials and registers the appliance to your AWS account.

You can choose to deploy your hardware appliance in any of the four US AWS Regions listed following.

AWS Region Name

AWS Region

Endpoint

Protocol

ID for Amazon Route 53 Hosted Zone

US East (N. Virginia) us-east-1 apigateway.us-east-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS Z1UJRXOUMOOFQ8
US East (Ohio) us-east-2 apigateway.us-east-2.amazonaws.com HTTPS ZOJJZC49E0EPZ
US West (N. California) us-west-1 apigateway.us-west-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS Z2MUQ32089INYE
US West (Oregon) us-west-2 apigateway.us-west-2.amazonaws.com HTTPS Z2OJLYMUO9EFXC

To activate your appliance for the first time or in an AWS Region where you have no gateways deployed

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS Storage Gateway console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/storagegateway/home with the account credentials to use to activate your hardware.

    If this is your first gateway in an AWS Region, you see the splash screen shown following. After you create a gateway in this AWS Region, this screen no longer displays.

    Note

    For activation only, the following must be true:

    • Your browser must be on the same network as your hardware appliance.

    • Your firewall must allow HTTP access on port 8080 to the appliance for inbound traffic.

  2. Choose Get started to view the Create gateway wizard, and then choose Hardware Appliance on the Select host platform page, as shown following.

  3. Choose Next to view the Connect to hardware screen shown following.

  4. For IP Address, enter the IPv4 address of your appliance, and then choose Connect to Hardware to go to the Activate Hardware screen shown following.

  5. For Hardware name, enter a name for your appliance. Names can be up to 255 characters long and can't include a slash character.

  6. (Optional) For Hardware time zone, enter your local settings.

    The time zone controls when hardware updates take place, with 2 a.m. local time used as the time for updates.

    Note

    We recommend setting the time zone for your appliance as this determines a standard update time that is out of the usual working day window.

  7. (Optional) Keep the RAID Volume Manager set to ZFS.

    ZFS RAID is a software-based, open-source file system and logical volume manager. We recommend using ZFS for most hardware appliance use cases because it offers superior performance and integration compared with MD RAID. The hardware appliance is specifically tuned for ZFS RAID. For more information on ZFS RAID, see the ZFS Wikipedia page.

    If you don't want to accept CDDL license terms, as documented in CDDL 1.0 on the Opensource.org site, we also offer MD RAID. For more information on MD RAID, see the mdadm Wikipedia page. To change the volume manager on your hardware appliance, contact AWS Support. AWS Support can provide an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard image, instructions on performing a factory reset of a hardware appliance, and instructions on installing the new ISO image.

  8. Choose Next to finish activation.

A console banner appears on the Hardware page indicating that the Hardware Appliance has been successfully activated, as shown following.

At this point, the appliance is associated with your account. The next step is to launch a file, tape, or cached volume gateway on your appliance.

Next Step

Launch a Gateway