Replacing or adding a caching module

The NVMe SSD Flash Cache modules (FlashCache or caching modules) are separate modules. They are are located in the front of the NVRAM module. To replace or add a caching module, locate it on the front of the system on slot 6, and then follow the specific sequence of steps to replace it.

Before you begin

Your storage system must meet certain criteria depending on your situation:
  • It must have the appropriate operating system for the caching module you are installing.
  • It must support the caching capacity.
  • Your system must be running ONTAP 9.4 or later in order to hot-swap the caching module.
  • The replacement caching module must have the same capacity as the failed caching module, but can be from a different supported vendor.
  • Although the contents of the caching module is encrypted, it is a best practice to erase the contents of the module before replacing it. For more information, see the Statement of Volatility for your system on the NetApp Support Site.
    Note: You must log into the NetApp Support Site to display the Statement of Volatility for your system.
  • All other components in the storage system must be functioning properly; if not, you must contact technical support.

Steps

  1. If you are not already grounded, properly ground yourself.
  2. Locate the failed caching module, in slot 6, by the lit amber Attention LED on the front of the caching module.
  3. Remove the caching module:
    Note: If you are adding another caching module to your system, remove the blank module and go to the next step.


    Orange release button.
    Caching module cam handle.
    1. Press the orange release button on the front of the caching module.
      Important: Do not use the numbered and lettered I/O cam latch to eject the caching module. The numbered and lettered I/O cam latch ejects the entire NVRAM10 module and not the caching module.
    2. Rotate the cam handle until the caching module begins to slide out of the NVRAM10 module.
    3. Gently pull the cam handle straight toward you to remove the caching module from the NVRAM10 module.
      Be sure to support the caching module as you remove it from the NVRAM10 module.
  4. Install the caching module:
    1. Align the edges of the caching module with the opening in the NVRAM10 module.
    2. Gently push the caching module into the bay until the cam handle engages.
    3. Rotate the cam handle until it locks into place.