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Overview of installation and configuration for Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 cluster switches

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The Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 cluster switch is part of the Cisco Nexus 9000 platform and can be installed in a NetApp system cabinet. Cluster switches allow you to build ONTAP clusters with more than two nodes.

Initial configuration overview

To initially configure a Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 switch on systems running ONTAP, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 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 the switch. Set up the switch hardware.

  3. Configure the 9336C-FX2 cluster switch. Set up the Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 switch.

  4. Install a Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 switch in a NetApp cabinet. Depending on your configuration, you can install the Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 switch and pass-through panel in a NetApp cabinet with the standard brackets that are included with the switch.

  5. Prepare to install NX-OS software and RCF. Follow preliminary procedures in preparation for installing the Cisco NX-OS software and reference configuration files (RCFs).

  6. Install the NX-OS software. Install the NX-OS software on the Nexus 9336C-FX2 cluster switch.

  7. Install the Reference Configuration File (RCF). Install the RCF after setting up the Nexus 9336C-FX2 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: