Decide whether to use this Express Guide

The express method for installing your storage array and accessing SANtricity System Manager is appropriate for setting up a standalone Linux host to an E-Series storage system. It is designed to get the storage system up and running as quickly as possible with minimal decision points.

Note: The configuration that the express method provides might not meet the needs of your production environment. For additional options for installing and configuring the storage system, see the SANtricity Power Guide for your operating system on the E-Series and SANtricity Document Resources page.

The express method includes the following steps:

  1. Setting up one of the following communication environments:
    • Fibre Channel (FC)
    • iSCSI
    • SAS
    • iSER over Infiniband
    • SRP over Infiniband
    • NVMe over Infiniband
    • NVMe over RoCE
    • NVMe over Fibre Channel
  2. Creating logical volumes on the storage array.
  3. Making the volumes available to the data host.

This guide is based on the following assumptions:

Component Assumptions
Hardware
  • You have used the Installation and Setup Instructions included with the controller shelves to install the hardware.
  • You have connected cables between the optional drive shelves and the controllers.
  • You have applied power to the storage system.
  • You have installed all other hardware (for example, management station, switches) and made the necessary connections.
  • If you are using NVMe over Infiniband, NVMe over RoCE, or NVMe over Fibre Channel, each EF600, EF570, or E5700 controller contains at least 32 GB of RAM.
Host
  • You have made a connection between the storage system and the data host.
  • You have installed the host operating system.
  • You are not using Linux as a virtualized guest.
  • You are not configuring the data (I/O attached) host to boot from SAN.
  • If you are using NVMe over Infiniband, NVMe over RoCE, or NVMe over Fibre Channel, you have installed the latest compatible SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 service pack as listed under the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool.
Storage management station
  • You are using a 1 Gbps or faster management network.
  • You are using a separate station for management rather than the data (I/O attached) host.
  • You are using out-of-band management, in which a storage management station sends commands to the storage system through the Ethernet connections to the controller.
  • You have attached the management station to the same subnet as the storage management ports.
IP addressing
  • You have installed and configured a DHCP server.
  • You have not yet made an Ethernet connection between the management station and the storage system.
Storage provisioning
  • You will not use shared volumes.
  • You will create pools rather than volume groups.
Protocol: FC
  • You have made all host-side FC connections and activated switch zoning.
  • You are using NetApp-supported FC HBAs and switches.
  • You are using FC HBA driver and firmware versions as listed in the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool.
Protocol: iSCSI
  • You are using Ethernet switches capable of transporting iSCSI traffic.
  • You have configured the Ethernet switches according to the vendor’s recommendation for iSCSI.
Protocol: SAS
Protocol: iSER over InfiniBand
Protocol: SRP over InfiniBand
Protocol: NVMe over InfiniBand
  • You have received the 100G host interface cards in an EF600, EF570, or E5700 storage system pre-configured with the NVMe over InfiniBand protocol or the controllers were ordered with standard IB ports and need to be converted to NVMe-oF ports.
  • You are using an InfiniBand fabric.
  • You are using NVMe/IB driver and firmware versions as listed in the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool.
Protocol: NVMe over RoCE
  • You have received the 100G host interface cards in an EF600, EF570, or E5700 storage system pre-configured with the NVMe over RoCE protocol or the controllers were ordered with standard IB ports and need to be converted to NVMe-oF ports.
  • You are using NVMe/RoCE driver and firmware versions as listed in the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool.
Protocol: NVMe over Fibre Channel
  • You have received the 32G host interface cards in an EF600, EF570, or E5700 storage system pre-configured with the NVMe over Fibre Channel protocol or the controllers were ordered with standard FC ports and need to be converted to NVMe-oF ports.
  • You are using NVMe/FC driver and firmware versions as listed in the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool.
Note: The instructions in this guide include examples for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Examples for RHEL are specific to RHEL7.

If these assumptions are not correct for your installation, or if you want more conceptual background information, see the SANtricity Power Guide for your operating system on the E-Series and SANtricity Document Resources page.