Installing the hardware

You must install your system in a four-post rack or cabinet, as applicable.

About this task

Steps 1 and 2 do not apply if you are adding a new node to an existing two rack unit (2U), four-node chassis with H410C and H410S nodes.

Steps

  1. Install the rails in a four-post rack or cabinet.
  2. Install the chassis.
    Note: The minimum initial NetApp HCI configuration requires two chassis.
    Attention: Use caution while lifting the hardware and installing it into the rack.
    Note: If you are installing H610C, H615C, or H610S nodes, you can skip steps 3 and 4.
  3. Install H410C and H410S nodes in the chassis.
    The following figure is an example of a chassis with four nodes installed:
    This figure shows the back of a NetApp HCI chassis with the four nodes called out.
  4. Install drives for storage nodes.

    This figure shows the front of the NetApp HCI chassis with the drive bays called out.
    Six drives for each storage node in a four-node storage chassis.
  5. Cable the compute nodes.
    Attention: If the airflow vents at the rear of the chassis are blocked by cables or labels, it can lead to premature component failures due to overheating.
    Note: If you are adding nodes to an existing NetApp HCI installation, ensure that the cabling and network configuration of the nodes that you add are identical to the existing installation.
    • Two-cable configuration option for H410C compute nodes:
      This figure shows the two-cable configuration of an H410C compute node.
      • Connect two SFP28/SFP+ cables or transceivers in ports D and E for shared management, virtual machines, and storage connectivity.
      • (Optional, recommended) connect a CAT5e cable in the IPMI port for out-of-band management connectivity.
    • Six-cable configuration option for H410C compute nodes:
      This figure shows the six-cable configuration of an H410C compute node.
      • Connect two CAT5e or higher cables in ports A and B for management connectivity.
      • Connect two SFP28/SFP+ cables or transceivers in ports C and F for virtual machine connectivity.
      • Connect two SFP28/SFP+ cables or transceivers in ports D and E for storage connectivity.
      • (Optional, recommended) connect a CAT5e cable in the IPMI port for out-of-band management connectivity.
    • Cable configuration for H615C compute node:
      This figure shows the cabling of the H615C compute node.
      • Connect the node to a 10/25GbE network using two SFP28 or SFP+ cables in ports A and B.
      • Connect the node to a 1GbE network using an RJ45 connector in the IPMI port.
      • Connect both power cables to the node.
  6. Cable the storage nodes.
    Attention: If the airflow vents at the rear of the chassis are blocked by cables or labels, it can lead to premature component failures due to overheating.
    Note: If you are adding nodes to an existing NetApp HCI installation, ensure that the cabling and network configuration of the nodes that you add are identical to the existing installation.
    • Cable configuration for H410S storage node:
      This figure shows the cabling of an H410S storage node.
      • Connect two CAT5e or higher cables in ports A and B for management connectivity.
      • Connect two SFP28/SFP+ cables or transceivers in ports C and D for storage connectivity.
      • (Optional, recommended) connect a CAT5e cable in the IPMI port for out-of-band management connectivity.
    • Cable configuration for H610S storage node:
      This figure shows the cabling of the H610S storage node.
      • Connect the node to a 10/25GbE network using two SFP28 or SFP+ cables.
      • Connect the node to a 1GbE network using two RJ45 connectors.
      • Connect the node to a 1GbE network using an RJ45 connector in the IPMI port.
      • Connect both power cables to the node.
  7. Connect the power cords to the two power supply units per chassis and plug them into 240V PDU or power outlet.
    This step does not apply if you are adding a new node to an existing chassis.
    Note: Step 7 applies only to H410C and H410S nodes installed in a 2U, four-node chassis.
  8. Power on the nodes.
    • H410C and H410S nodes: It takes approximately six minutes for the node to boot.
      This figure shows the power buttons on the nodes in the 2U, four-node NetApp HCI chassis.
    • H610C nodes: It takes approximately five minutes and 30 seconds for the node to boot.
      This figure shows the front of the H610C chassis with the power button highlighted.
    • H615C nodes:
      This figure shows the front of the H615C chassis with the power button highlighted.
    • H610S nodes: It takes approximately five minutes and 30 seconds for the node to boot.
      This figure shows the front of the H610S chassis with the power button highlighted.