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This content describes how to upgrade the storage controllers in an HA pair with new controllers while keeping all the existing data and disks. This is a complex procedure that should be used only by experienced administrators.

You should use this content under the following circumstances:

  • You are running ONTAP 9.8 or later.

  • You do not want to add the new controllers as a new HA pair to the cluster and migrate the data using volume moves.

  • You are experienced in administering ONTAP and are comfortable with the risks of working in the diagnostic privilege mode.

  • If you are upgrading a MetroCluster configuration, it is a four-node or higher FC configuration, and all nodes are running ONTAP 9.8 or later.

    For upgrading MetroCluster IP configurations, refer to References to link to the MetroCluster Upgrade and Expansion content.

Note You can use NetApp Storage Encryption (NSE) and NetApp Volume Encryption (NVE) with this procedure.

The following table shows the supported model matrix for the controller upgrade.

Old controller Replacement controller

FAS8020, FAS8040, FAS8060, FAS8080

FAS8200, FAS8300, FAS8700, FAS9000

AFF8020, AFF8040, AFF8060, AFF8080

AFF A300, AFF A400, AFF A700, AFF A8001


FAS8700, FAS9000, FAS83003

AFF A300

AFF A700, AFF A8001, AFF A4003

AFF A320

AFF A4002

Note If your controller upgrade model combination is not in the above table, contact technical support.

1For the additional steps needed for AFF A800 systems, go to the step that references A800 in section Check and configure UTA/UTA2 ports on node3, Step 23, or Check and configure UTA/UTA2 ports on node4, Step 23.

2ARL automated upgrade from an AFF A320 to an AFF A400 system is supported from ONTAP 9.9.1.

3If you are upgrading from an AFF A300 to an AFF A400 or an FAS8200 to an FAS8300 system in a two-node switchless cluster configuration, you must pick temporary cluster ports for the controller upgrade. The AFF A400 and FAS8300 systems come in two configurations, as an Ethernet bundle where the mezzanine card ports are Ethernet type and as an FC bundle where the mezzanine ports are FC type.

  • For an AFF A400 or an FAS8300 with an Ethernet type configuration, you can use any of the two mezzanine ports as temporary cluster ports.

  • For an AFF A400 or an FAS8300 with an FC type configuration, you must add a four-port 10 GbE network interface card (part number X1147A) to provide temporary cluster ports.

  • After you complete a controller upgrade by using temporary cluster ports, you can nondisruptively migrate cluster LIFs to e3a and e3b, 100 GbE ports on an AFF A400 system, and e0c and e0d, 100 GbE ports on an FAS8300 system.

If you prefer a different method of upgrading the controller hardware and are willing to do volume moves, refer to References to link to Upgrade by moving volumes or storage.

Refer to References to link to the ONTAP 9 Documentation Center where you can access ONTAP 9 product documentation.