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Overview of installation and configuration for Cisco Nexus 3232c switches

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Cisco Nexus 3232C switches can be used as cluster switches in your AFF or FAS cluster. Cluster switches allow you to build ONTAP clusters with more than two nodes.

Initial configuration overview

To initially configure a Cisco Nexus 3232c switch on systems running ONTAP, follow these steps:

  1. Complete Cisco Nexus 3232C cabling worksheet. The sample cabling worksheet provides examples of recommended port assignments from the switches to the controllers. The blank worksheet provides a template that you can use in setting up your cluster.

  2. Install a Cisco Nexus 3232C cluster switch in a NetApp cabinet. Install the Cisco Nexus 3232C cluster switch and pass-through panel in a NetApp cabinet with the standard brackets that are included with the switch.

  3. Configure the 3232C cluster switch. Set up and configure the Cisco Nexus 3232C switch.

  4. Prepare to install NX-OS software and Reference Configuration File. Prepare to install the NX-OS software and the Reference Configuration File (RCF).

  5. Install the NX-OS software. Install the NX-OS software on the Nexus 3232C cluster switch.

  6. Install the Reference Configuration File (RCF). Install the RCF after setting up the Nexus 3232C switch for the first time. You can also use this procedure to upgrade your RCF version.

Additional information

Before you begin installation or maintenance, be sure to review the following: