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If you are a NetApp partner, you can get started with Converged Systems Advisor by working with your customer to deploy the agent and set up the portal before you run a deployment validation.

Getting Converged Systems Advisor up and running in your customer’s environment

Your customer must deploy the Converged Systems Advisor agent and set up the portal before you can validate the converged infrastructure deployment.

Work with your customer to perform the following steps:

  1. Prepare the environment.

  2. Install and configure the Converged Systems Advisor agent.

  3. Add the converged infrastructure to the Converged Systems Advisor portal.

  4. Share the converged infrastructure with you.

Validating a converged infrastructure deployment

NetApp partners can run a deployment validation to verify that a FlexPod converged infrastructure is configured correctly. Partners can then hand off the report to customers.

Steps
  1. Log in to the Converged Systems Advisor portal.

  2. Expand the customer’s configuration from the Customer List.

    Shows three converged infrastructures for a customer.

  3. Under Deployment Validation Report, click Generate.

  4. Choose whether you want to view the report in your browser, in a PDF, or via email.

  5. Review the report and correct any interoperability issues and deployment validation errors.

    Example

    In this sample configuration, the firmware versions of the Nexus switches are not supported:

    Shows the interoperability section of the Deployment Validation Report. It includes two switches with unsupported firmware versions.

    Four validation rules also failed due to issues with switch connectivity:

    Shows the errors section of the Deployment Validation Report. The fabric interconnect does not uplink into the corresponding Nexus Fibre Channel fabric.

    Upgrading the firmware can correct the interoperability of the configuration and adding the links can correct the failed validation rules.

  6. After you correct the issues, collect data to ensure that Converged Systems Advisor has the latest configuration data:

    1. Select the converged infrastructure.

    2. In the upper right, click Collect.

      Shows the collect button in the upper right that is available after selecting a converged infrastructure.

  7. Generate the report again to verify that you have corrected the issues.

  8. Send the final Deployment Validation Report to your customer.

Result

The converged infrastructure is now set up according to best practices.