Initial configuration

The initial configuration steps that are required to get started with ECS include logging in to the ECS Portal for the first time, using the ECS Portal Getting Started Task Checklist and Dashboard, uploading a license, and setting up an ECS virtual data center (VDC).

About this task

NOTE: Set the user scope before you create the first object user. Setting up user scope is a strict one time configuration. Once configured for an ECS system, user scope cannot be changed. If you want to change the user scope, ECS must be reinstalled and all the users, buckets, namespaces, and data must be cleaned up.
  • Refer Object users and User scope for more information about object users and user scope.
  • For more information about object user tasks, see the ECS Data Access Guide.

To initially configure ECS, the root user or System Administrator must at a minimum:


  1. Upload an ECS license.
    See Licensing.
  2. Select a set of nodes to create at least one storage pool.
  3. Create a VDC.
  4. Create at least one replication group.
    1. Optional: Set authentication.
      You can add Active Directory (AD), LDAP, or Keystone authentication providers to ECS to enable users to be authenticated by systems external to ECS. See Introduction to authentication providers.
  5. Create at least one namespace. A namespace is the equivalent of a tenant.
    1. Optional: Create object and/or management users.
  6. Create at least one bucket.
    After you configure the initial VDC, if you want to create an additional VDC and federate it with the first VDC, see Add a VDC to a federation.