Assessing networking requirements

Before providing SMB storage to clients, you must verify that networking is correctly configured to meet the SMB provisioning requirements.

Before you begin

The following cluster networking objects must be configured:


  1. Display the available physical and virtual ports: network port show
    • When possible, you should use the port with the highest speed for the data network.
    • All components in the data network must have the same MTU setting for best performance.
  2. If you are planning to use a subnet name to allocate the IP address and network mask value for a LIF, verify that the subnet exists and has sufficient addresses available: network subnet show
    Subnets contain a pool of IP addresses that belong to the same layer 3 subnet. Subnets are created by using the network subnet create command.
  3. Display available IPspaces: network ipspace show
    You can use the default IPspace or a custom IPspace.
  4. If you want to use IPv6 addresses, verify that IPv6 is enabled on the cluster: network options ipv6 show
    If required, you can enable IPv6 by using the network options ipv6 modify command.