Similarities and differences between standard cluster and MetroCluster configurations

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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

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.