Similarities and differences between standard cluster and MetroCluster configurations

The configuration of the nodes in each cluster in a MetroCluster configuration is similar to that of nodes in a standard cluster.

The MetroCluster configuration is built on two standard clusters. Physically, the configuration must be symmetrical, with each node having the same hardware configuration, and all of the MetroCluster components must be cabled and configured. However, the basic software configuration for nodes in a MetroCluster configuration is the same as that for nodes in a standard cluster.

Configuration step Standard cluster configuration MetroCluster configuration
Configure management, cluster, and data LIFs on each node. Same in both types of clusters
Configure the root aggregate. Same in both types of clusters
Configure nodes in the cluster as HA pairs Same in both types of clusters
Set up the cluster on one node in the cluster. Same in both types of clusters
Join the other node to the cluster. Same in both types of clusters
Create a mirrored root aggregate. Optional Required
Peer the clusters. Optional Required
Enable the MetroCluster configuration. Does not apply Required