Preparing for installation

To install your system, you need to create an account on the NetApp Support Site, register your system, and get license keys. You also need to inventory the appropriate number and type of cables for your system and collect specific network information.

Before you begin

You need to have access to the Hardware Universe for information about site requirements as well as additional information on your configured system. You might also want to have access to the Release Notes for your version of ONTAP for more information about this system.

NetApp Hardware Universe

Find the Release Notes for your version of ONTAP 9

You need to provide the following at your site:


  1. Unpack the contents of all boxes.
  2. Record the system serial number from the controllers.

  3. Inventory and make a note of the number and types of cables you received.
    The following table identifies the types of cables you might receive. If you receive a cable not listed in the table, see the Hardware Universe to locate the cable and identify its use.

    NetApp Hardware Universe

    Type of cable... Part number and length Connector type For...
    10 GbE network cable

    X6566B-2-R6, (112-00299), 2m

    X6566B-3-R6, 112-00300, 3m

    X6566B-5-R6 , 112-00301, 5m

    Network cable

    40 GbE network cable

    40 GbE cluster interconnect

    X66100-1,112-00542, 1m

    X66100-3,112-00543, 3m

    40 GbE network

    Cluster interconnect

    100 GbE network cable

    100 GbE storage cable

    X66211A-05 (112-00595), 0.5m

    X66211A-1 (112-00573), 1m

    X66211A-2 (112-00574), 2m

    X66211A-5 (112-00574), 5m

    Network cable

    Storage cable

    Note: This cable applies to AFF A700 only.
    Optical network cables (order dependent)

    X6553-R6 (112-00188), 2m

    X6536-R6 (112-00090), 5m

    FC host network
    Cat 6, RJ-45 (order dependant)

    Part numbers X6585-R6 (112-00291), 3m

    X6562-R6 (112-00196), 5m

    Management network and Ethernet data

    X66031A (112-00436), 1m

    X66032A (112-00437), 2m

    X66033A (112-00438), 3m

    Micro-USB console cable Not applicable Console connection during software setup on non-Windows or Mac laptop/console
    Power cables Not applicable Powering up the system
  4. Review the NetApp ONTAP Confiuration Guide and collect the required information listed in that guide.