Installing FlexRAID

 

Important note: It is mandatory to uninstall a previous verision of FlexRAID prior to installing a new one. You can see uninstall instructions here.

You can get the latest version of FlexRAID here.

 

Installing FlexRAID on your PC

The installation process on Windows is pretty straightforward – you can let all default settings, including letting the “Start the FlexRAID Service” tickbox ticked at the end. Or you can follow this tutorial showing all steps of the installation process.

Note: for installation on Linux, you can refer to this guide.

 

Double-click on the FlexRAID installer you’ve just downloaded.

FlexRAID Installer

 

In the newly open window, hit the Next button.

Installer First Screen

 

Accept the terms of the license then hit Next.

Installer Second Screen

Tip: Instead of hitting next, you can hit “Install” if you want to leave all default settings: default paths for the program will be used, and you’ll jump to the last screen: “Start the FlexRAID Service”

 

Choose whether FlexRAID should be installed for all users or only current user.

Installer Third Screen

 

In the next screen, you can customize if necessary the installation path and the program folder in the Start menu. Then hit Next.

 

Leave this ticked to create a shortcut to FlexRAID on your desktop (shortcut will be created in the Start menu anyway)

 

Summary is displayed – click Next. Installation progress is shown…

 

The last window is displayed, allowing to start the FlexRAID service – leave the tickbox enabled.

 

That’s it – you’re done, you’ve installed FlexRAID on your computer!

 


 

Running FlexRAID for the first time

FlexRAID has a web based user interface that runs into your default browser. It is compatible with most browser. If you use IE9, you need to enable the Compatibility View, refer to this tip.

To launch it locally (on the machine where you installed FlexRAID), use either the shortcut created on your desktop, on in the Start menu.
This will launch your browser pointing to the FlexRAID user interface page.

 

Note that this User Interface can be accessed:
- Locally on the PC running FlexRAID: through Desktop / Start menu shortcuts, or by pointing the browser to http://localhost:8080
- Remotely from another PC: http://machine.name:8080/ or http://machine.ip.address:8080/

 

You can now, from this window:
- Create your Storage Pool
- Create your Snapshot RAID Configuration
- Create your Real-Time RAID Configuration
- Edit the Application Settings
- Add or edit tasks in the Scheduler

 


 

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5 Responses to “Installing FlexRAID”

  1. Thron March 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM #

    After the install it prompts for a license. How do I try it with out a license? I’m not going to pay for something until I can at least trying it.

  2. erfa April 5, 2012 at 9:44 AM #

    I bought a license yesterday (RAID F + Pooling), and received the purchase code today. But I can’t seem to get it activated. The steps I have taken are explained below. I would appreciate any help I can get to complete the activation.

    1) Downloaded and installed the latest version of FlexRAID
    2) Purchased a license
    3) Opened the FlexRAID UI and clicked on “Register Online”
    4) Pasted in the purchase code I received on email and clicked “Start”
    An error message popped up saying “Invalid request”, with the title “Operation Failure”.

    Then I tried the following:
    1) Registered and logged in on secure.flexraid.com
    2) Opened “Activation Viewer”, selected the (one and only) purchase code, clicked “New Offline Activation”
    3) Went back to the FlexRAID UI and clicked “Download Pre-registratin Info”
    4) After filling in the purchase code and download path, I opened the text file and copied the code inside
    5) Went back to secure.flexraid.com and pasted in the code I just copied and clicked “Activate”
    An error message popped up saying “com.google.gwt.user.client.rpc.StatusCodeException” and “500 The call failed on the server; see server log for details”.

    By the way, I didn’t want to post this question as a comment to this article. But I couldn’t find any support mail, user forum, or other similar option for support. If there is no such system in place, I’m sure a many would appreciate it. In case there is, and I just failed to find it, feel free to move this question out of this article.

    Thanks :)

  3. xliv April 5, 2012 at 12:26 PM #

    Thron, the best way to get answers and support is the forum: http://forum.flexraid.com/
    You’ll get faster answers than here.

  4. Jeff February 6, 2013 at 10:00 PM #

    I agree, registration and activation could be made ENTIRELY MUCH EASIER if it was a PRIORITY of the DEVELOPER.
    It was a pain in the butt and took way too long, and I’m an experienced Windows user and developer myself. I read the info and instructions, and was LOST. And I said HUH?

    Please fix.

  5. Jeff February 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM #

    I love FLEXRAID very much, and use it on Windows 7, which I really like as an OS, because it runs so much software.

    BUT, I really didn’t like FlexRaid very much as far as performance when I first installed it. Now problem is solved:

    I noticed over several months of usage, my drives were going to sleep. It would take a very long time for them to wake on my first access of my drive pool in the morning…

    Then I started reading about Windows 7 performance tuning and power settings. I have never done it before, but a desktop machine first installed with the OS will have a setting to turn off drives after 20 minutes. This can cause FlexRaid to be very slow until all the drives in your pool wake from sleep settings. I would sometimes experience several minutes of delays when I would first try to access the drive pool; completely unacceptable performance no matter what the energy savings, for a server storage array.

    It was as easy as going into the control panel, Hardware and Sound, Power Settings, choosing High Performace Settings option, and then Change Plan Settings for that selection, and go to Advanced Settings, Hard Disk and setting Turn Off Hard Disk to NEVER.

    Now I experience ENTIRELY DIFFERENT PERFORMANCE from FlexRaid and I would never have known this from the FlexRaid documentation. I assume the developer is not entirely involved with Windows and has not experienced this complaint. Either way, make sure you understand this if you host FlexRaid on Windows.

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