Setting up SAN hosts

You need one or more host computers connected to the cluster. If you want, you can complete all of the host configuration steps in advance.


  1. Using the Interoperability Matrix (IMT), verify that the entire configuration is supported.

    NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool

    Note the Host Utilities version required for your configuration.

  2. Install the Host Utilities.
  3. Use a supported HBA in the host.
    Using the fastest speed HBA available for your host provides the highest performance from the host to the storage.
  4. Enable and configure a supported multipathing (MPIO) solution.
  5. Cable the FC initiator ports on the host to the FC switches.
  6. Record the WWPN values of the FC initiators associated with each host.