Setting up the switches

If you do not already have the required configuration information and documentation, you need to gather that information before setting up your cluster and management network switches.

Before you begin

About this task

All Cisco cluster network and management network switches arrive with the standard Cisco factory-default configuration. These switches also have the current version of the NX-OS software but do not have the RCFs loaded.

Attention: You must download the applicable NetApp cluster network and management network RCFs from the NetApp Support Site at mysupport.netapp.com for the switches that you receive.

mysupport.netapp.com

In addition, you might need to install the required configuration file to support the Cluster Switch Health Monitor (CSHM) for the 92300YC cluster switches. See Installing the Cluster Switch Health Monitor (CSHM) configuration file for 92300YC switches for details.

Steps

  1. Rack the cluster network and management network switches and controllers.
    If you are installing your... Then...
    Cisco Nexus 3232C in a NetApp system cabinet See the Installing a Cisco Nexus 3232C cluster switch and pass-through panel in a NetApp cabinet flyer for instructions to install the switch in a NetApp cabinet.
    Cisco Nexus 3132Q-V in a NetApp system cabinet See the Installing a Cisco Nexus 3132Q-V cluster switch and pass-through panel in a NetApp cabinet flyer for instructions to install the switch in a NetApp cabinet.
    Equipment in a Telco rack See the procedures provided in the switch hardware installation guides and the NetApp installation and setup instructions.
    Cisco Nexus 5596UP/5596T in a NetApp system cabinet See the Installing a Cisco Nexus 5596 cluster switch and pass-through panel in a NetApp cabinet flyer for instructions to install the switch in a NetApp cabinet.
    Management switches (Cisco Catalyst 2960) in a NetApp system cabinet Complete steps 2a through 2d.
  2. To install the Catalyst 2960 in a NetApp system cabinet, follow these steps:
    1. Attach the longer custom brackets on either side of the switch.
      It is recommended that you use four screws per side. The following illustration shows the brackets being attached to the switch:

    2. Attach the brackets to install a second management switch as shown in the illustration.
    3. Attach one of the bracketed switches to the bottom rail (first U) of the cabinet and reserve 1U of space above the switch for routing the Ethernet cables.
    4. Attach the remaining bracketed switch to the rail at the third U of the cabinet and reserve 1U of space above the switch for routing the Ethernet cables.
      The following illustration shows the switches being attached to the cabinet:

  3. Cable the cluster network and management network switches to the controllers using the completed cabling worksheets.
  4. Power on the cluster network and management network switches and controllers.
  5. Perform an initial configuration of the cluster network switches based on information provided in Required configuration information.
  6. Verify the configuration choices you made in the display that appears at the end of the setup, and make sure that you save the configuration.
  7. Check the version on the cluster network switches, and if necessary, download the NetApp-supported version of the software to the switches.
    If you download the NetApp-supported version of the software, then you must also download the NetApp Cluster Network Switch Reference Configuration File and merge it with the configuration you saved in Step 6. You can download the file and the instructions from the Cisco Ethernet Switch description page.
  8. Perform an initial configuration of the management network switches based on information provided in the Getting Started Guide for the Catalyst 2960 24- and 48-Port Switches.
  9. Check the software version on the management network switches and, if necessary, download the NetApp-supported version of the software to the switches. If you have your own management switches, refer to Cisco site.
    If you download the NetApp-supported version of the software, then you must also download the NetApp Management Network Switch Reference Configuration File and merge it with the configuration you saved in Step 6. You can download the file and instructions from the Cisco Ethernet Switch description page.