Selecting inventory

On the Inventory page, the NetApp Deployment Engine automatically detects available compute and storage nodes, enabling you to select and add all NetApp HCI resources to the deployment.

About this task

The storage node that is hosting the NetApp Deployment Engine is automatically selected, and cannot be deselected. If a node does not meet the requirements for deployment, it is not selectable and problems are indicated in red. You can position your cursor over the error to see an explanation.

Only compute nodes using the network topology you selected on the Network Topology page are selectable in the Compute Nodes list.

Note: NetApp HCI requires that the CPU generations in all compute nodes match for proper VMware vMotion functionality. Once you select a compute node from the inventory, you cannot select compute nodes with different CPU generations.
Note: The NetApp Deployment Engine does not support H610S storage nodes, and the Inventory page does not display them as available nodes. To add H610S nodes to a NetApp HCI deployment, use the Element web interface. For information about adding nodes using the Element web interface, see the Element Software User Guide.


  1. On the Inventory page, view the list of available nodes.

    If the system cannot detect any inventory, it displays an error. Correct the error before continuing.

    If your system uses DHCP for IP address assignment, the storage and compute resources might not appear in the inventory immediately.

  2. Optional: If a resource does not appear in the inventory immediately, or if you address an error and need to refresh the inventory, click Refresh Inventory. You might need to refresh the inventory multiple times.
  3. Optional: To filter the inventory on certain node attributes, such as node type or the amount of memory, click Show in the header of the Compute Nodes or Storage Nodes lists.
    The system filters the inventory as soon as you enter text into one of the column filter fields.
  4. Select all compute nodes that shipped with your system from the Compute Nodes list.
    You must select at least two compute nodes to proceed with deployment.
  5. Select all storage nodes that shipped with your system from the Storage Nodes list.
    You must select at least four storage nodes to proceed with deployment.
  6. Optional: If a storage node selection box is flagged, that storage node exceeds 33% of the total storage cluster capacity. Perform one of the following steps:
    • Clear the selection box for the flagged storage node.
    • Select additional storage nodes to more equally distribute the storage cluster capacity between nodes.
  7. Click Continue.