Creating an initiator

You can create iSCSI or Fibre Channel initiators and optionally assign them aliases.


  1. Select NetApp Element Management > Management.
    Note: If two or more clusters are added, ensure that the cluster you intend to use for the task is selected in the navigation bar.
  2. Click the Initiators sub-tab.
  3. Click Create Initiator.
  4. To create a single initiator:
    1. Select Create a Single Initiator.
    2. Enter the IQN or WWPN for the initiator in the IQN/WWPN field.
      • The accepted format of an initiator IQN is iqn.yyyy-mm where y and m are digits followed by text which must only contain digits, lower-case alphabetic characters, a period (.), colon (:) or dash (-).

        A sample of the format is as follows:
      • The accepted format of a Fibre Channel initiator WWPN is :Aa:bB:CC:dd:11:22:33:44 or AabBCCdd11223344.

        A sample of the format is as follows:

    3. Enter a friendly name for the initiator in the Alias field.
  5. To create multiple initiators:
    1. Select Create Multiple Initiators.
    2. Do one of the following:
      • Click Scan Hosts to scan vSphere hosts for initiator values not defined in the NetApp Element cluster.
      • Enter a list of IQNs or WWPNs in the text box, and click Add Initiators.
    3. Optional: Under the Alias heading, click the field for each entry to add an alias.
    4. Optional: Remove an initiator from the list, as required.
  6. Click OK.