Hot-adding a disk shelf

You can hot-add a disk shelf when you want to increase storage without any reduction in performance.

Before you begin

About this task

Attention: Hot-adding a disk shelf requires you to update the disk drive firmware on the hot-added disk shelf by running the storage disk firmware update command in advanced mode. Running this command can be disruptive if the firmware on existing disk drives in your system is an older version.
Attention: If you insert a SAS cable into the wrong port, when you remove the cable from a SAS port, you must wait at least 120 seconds before plugging the cable into a different SAS port. If you fail to do so, the system will not recognize that the cable has been moved to another port.

Procedure

  1. Properly ground yourself.
  2. Verify disk shelf connectivity from the system console of either controller: sysconfig -v
    The output is similar to the following:
    • Each bridge on a separate line and under each FC port to which it is visible; for example, hot-adding a disk shelf to a set of FibreBridge 7500N bridges results in the following output:
      FC-to-SAS Bridge:
      cisco_A_1-1:9.126L0: ATTO  FibreBridge7500N 2.10  FB7500N100189 
      cisco_A_1-2:1.126L0: ATTO  FibreBridge7500N 2.10  FB7500N100162
      
    • Each disk shelf on a separate line under each FC port to which it is visible:
      Shelf   0: IOM6  Firmware rev. IOM6 A: 0173 IOM6 B: 0173
      Shelf   1: IOM6  Firmware rev. IOM6 A: 0173 IOM6 B: 0173
      
    • Each disk drive on a separate line under each FC port to which it is visible:
      cisco_A_1-1:9.126L1   : NETAPP   X421_HCOBD450A10 NA01 418.0GB (879097968 520B/sect) 
      cisco_A_1-1:9.126L2   : NETAPP   X421_HCOBD450A10 NA01 418.0GB (879097968 520B/sect)
      
  3. Check whether your system has disk autoassignment enabled from the console of either controller: storage disk option show
    The autoassignment policy is shown in the Auto Assign column.
    Node        BKg. FW. Upd.  Auto Copy   Auto Assign  Auto Assign Policy
    ----------  -------------  ----------  -----------  ------------------
    node_A_1             on           on           on           default
    node_A_2             on           on           on           default
    2 entries were displayed.
    
  4. If your system does not have disk autoassignment enabled, or if disk drives in the same stack are owned by both controllers, assign disk drives to the appropriate pools.

    Disk and aggregate management

    Note: If you are splitting a single stack of disk shelves between two controllers, disk autoassignment must be disabled before you assign disk ownership; otherwise, when you assign any single disk drive, the remaining disk drives might be automatically assigned to the same controller and pool.

    The storage disk option modify -node node-name -autoassign off command disables disk autoassignment.

    Note: Disk drives must not be added to aggregates or volumes until the disk drive and disk shelf firmware have been updated.
  5. Update the disk shelf firmware to the most current version by using the instructions for the downloaded firmware.
    You can run the commands in the procedure from the system console of either controller.

    NetApp Downloads: Disk Shelf Firmware

  6. Install and cable the disk shelf:
    Note the following considerations:
    • For FibreBridge 6500N bridges:

      Wait at least 10 seconds before connecting the port. The SAS cable connectors are keyed; when oriented correctly into a SAS port, the connector clicks into place and the disk shelf SAS port LNK LED illuminates green. For disk shelves, you insert a SAS cable connector with the pull tab oriented down (on the underside of the connector).

    • For FibreBridge 7500N bridges:

      Do not force a connector into a port. The mini-SAS cables are keyed; when oriented correctly into a SAS port, the SAS cable clicks into place and the disk shelf SAS port LNK LED illuminates green. For disk shelves, you insert a SAS cable connector with the pull tab oriented up (on the topside of the connector).

    1. Install the disk shelf, power it on, and set the shelf ID.
      The Installation Guide for your disk shelf model provides detailed information about installing disk shelves.

      NetApp Documentation: Disk Shelves

      Note: You must power-cycle the disk shelf and keep the shelf IDs unique for each SAS disk shelf within the entire storage system.
    2. Disconnect the SAS cable from the IOM B port of the last shelf in the stack, and then reconnect it to the same port in the new shelf.
      The other end of this cable remains connected to bridge B.
    3. Daisy-chain the new disk shelf by cabling the new shelf IOM ports (of IOM A and IOM B) to the last shelf IOM ports (of IOM A and IOM B).
    The Installation Guide for your disk shelf model provides detailed information about daisy-chaining disk shelves.

    NetApp Documentation: Disk Shelves

  7. Update the disk drive firmware to the most current version from the system console.
    1. Change to the advanced privilege level: set -privilege advanced
      You need to respond with y when prompted to continue into advanced mode and see the advanced mode prompt (*>).
    2. Update the disk drive firmware to the most current version from the system console: storage disk firmware update
    3. Return to the admin privilege level: set -privilege admin
    4. Repeat the previous substeps on the other controller.
  8. Verify the operation of the MetroCluster configuration in ONTAP:
    1. Check whether the system is multipathed: node run -node node-name sysconfig -a
    2. Check for any health alerts on both clusters: system health alert show
    3. Confirm the MetroCluster configuration and that the operational mode is normal: metrocluster show
    4. Perform a MetroCluster check: metrocluster check run
    5. Display the results of the MetroCluster check: metrocluster check show
    6. Check for any health alerts on the switches (if present): storage switch show
    7. Run Config Advisor.
    8. After running Config Advisor, review the tool's output and follow the recommendations in the output to address any issues discovered.
  9. If you are hot-adding more than one disk shelf, repeat the steps, starting with step 2, for each disk shelf that you are hot-adding.