Joining a node to the cluster

After creating a new cluster, you use the Cluster Setup wizard to join each remaining node to the cluster one at a time. The wizard helps you to configure each node's node management interface.

Before you begin

The cluster must be created on the first node.

About this task

You can only join one node to the cluster at a time. When you start to join a node to the cluster, you must complete the join, and the node must be part of the cluster before you can start to join the next node.
Note: If you use the GUI System Manager wizard, you need not perform the join flow on each subsequent node.


  1. Power on all nodes.
    The node boots, and then the Cluster Setup wizard starts on the console.
    Welcome to the cluster setup wizard....
    Do you want to create a new cluster or join an existing cluster? {create, join}:
  2. Join the node to the cluster: join
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen to set up the node and join it to the cluster.
  4. After setup is completed, verify that the node is healthy and eligible to participate in the cluster: cluster show
    The following example shows a cluster after the second node (cluster1-02) has been joined to the cluster:
    cluster1::> cluster show
    Node                  Health  Eligibility
    --------------------- ------- ------------
    cluster1-01           true    true
    cluster1-02           true    true
    You can access the Cluster Setup wizard to change any of the values you entered for the admin SVM or node SVM by using the cluster setup command.
  5. Repeat this task for each remaining node.