Detailed guide - AFF A320

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This guide gives detailed step-by-step instructions for installing a typical NetApp system. Use this guide if you want more detailed installation instructions.

Prepare for installation

To install your AFF A320 system, you need to create an account, register the system, and get license keys. You also need to inventory the appropriate number and type of cables for your system and collect specific network information.

You need to have access to the Hardware Universe for information about site requirements as well as additional information on your configured system. You might also want to have access to the Release Notes for your version of ONTAP for more information about this system.

You need to provide the following at your site:

  • Rack space for the storage system

  • Phillips #2 screwdriver

  • Additional networking cables to connect your system to your network switch and laptop or console with a Web browser

  • A laptop or console with an RJ-45 connection and access to a Web browser

    1. Unpack the contents of all boxes.

    2. Record the system serial number from the controllers.

      drw ssn label
    3. Set up your account:

      1. Log in to your existing account or create an account.

      2. Register your system.

    4. Inventory and make a note of the number and types of cables you received.

      The following table identifies the types of cables you might receive. If you receive a cable not listed in the table, see the Hardware Universe to locate the cable and identify its use.

      Type of cable…​ Part number and length Connector type For…​

      100 GbE cable (QSF(28)

      X66211A-05 (112-00595), 0.5m

      X66211A-1 (112-00573), 1m

      X66211A-2 (112-00574), 2m

      X66211A-5 (112-00574), 5m

      oie cable100 gbe qsfp28

      Storage, cluster interconnect/HA, and Ethernet data (order-dependent)

      40 GbE cable

      X66211A-1 (112-00573), 1m;

      X66211A-3 (112-00543),3m;

      X66211A-5 (112-00576), 5m

      oie cable sfp gbe copper

      Storage, cluster interconnect/HA, and Ethernet data (order-dependent)

      Ethernet cable - MPO

      X66200-2 (112-00326), 2m

      X66250-5 (112-00328), 5m

      X66250-30 (112-00331), 30m

      oie cable etherned mpo

      Ethernet cable (order dependent)

      Optical cables

      SR:

      X6553-R6 (112-00188), 2m

      X6554-R6 (112-00189), 15m

      X6537-R6 (112-00091), 30m

      LR:

      X66250-3 (112-00342), 2m

      X66260-5 (112-00344), 5m

      X66260-30 (112-00354), 30m

      oie cable fiber lc connector

      FC configurations (order-dependent)

      RJ-45 (order dependent)

      X6585-R6 (112-00291), 3m

      X6562-R6 (112-00196), 5m

      oie cable rj45

      Management network

      Micro-USB console cable

      Not applicable

      oie cable micro usb

      Console connection used during software setup if laptop or console does not support network discovery.

      Power cables

      Not applicable

      oie cable power

      Powering up the system

    5. Download and complete the Cluster configuration worksheet.

Install the hardware

You need to install your system in a 4-post rack or NetApp system cabinet, as applicable.

  1. Install the rail kits, as needed.

  2. Install and secure your system using the instructions included with the rail kit.

    Note You need to be aware of the safety concerns associated with the weight of the system.
    drw a320 weight label
  3. Attach cable management devices (as shown).

    drw a320 cable management arms
  4. Place the bezel on the front of the system.

Cable controllers to your network

You can cable the controllers to your network by using the two-node switchless cluster method or by using the cluster interconnect network.

Option 1: Cable a two-node switchless cluster

The optional data ports, optional NIC cards, and management ports on the controller modules are connected to switches. The cluster interconnect/HA ports are cabled on both controller modules.

You must have contacted your network administrator for information about connecting the system to the switches.

Be sure to check the illustration arrow for the proper cable connector pull-tab orientation.

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Note As you insert the connector, you should feel it click into place; if you do not feel it click, remove it, turn it around and try again.
  1. You can used the illustration or the step-by step instructions to complete the cabling between the controllers and to the switches:

    drw a320 tnsc network cabling composite animated gif
    Step Perform on each controller module

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    Cable the cluster/HA ports to each other with the 100 GbE (QSFP28) cable:

    • e0a to e0a

    • e0d to e0d drw a320 tnsc cluster ha connection step1a

    oie legend icon 2 o

    If you are using your onboard ports for a data network connection, connect the 100GbE or 40Gbe cables to the appropriate data network switches:

    • e0g and e0h drw a320 onboard data connection step2

    oie legend icon 3 dr

    If you are using your NIC cards for Ethernet or FC connections, connect the NIC card(s) to the appropriate switches:

    drw a320 nic connections step3

    oie legend icon 4 lp

    Cable the e0M ports to the management network switches with the RJ45 cables.

    drw a320 management port connection step4

    oie legend icon attn symbol

    DO NOT plug in the power cords at this point.

  2. Cable your storage: Cabling controllers to drive shelves

Option 2: Cabling a switched cluster

The optional data ports, optional NIC cards, and management ports on the controller modules are connected to switches. The cluster interconnect/HA ports are cabled on to the cluster/HA switch.

You must have contacted your network administrator for information about connecting the system to the switches.

Be sure to check the illustration arrow for the proper cable connector pull-tab orientation.

oie cable pull tab up
Note As you insert the connector, you should feel it click into place; if you do not feel it click, remove it, turn it around and try again.
  1. You can used the illustration or the step-by step instructions to complete the cabling between the controllers and to the switches:

    drw a320 switched network cabling composite animated gif
    Step Perform on each controller module

    oie legend icon 1 lg

    Cable the cluster/HA ports to the cluster/HA switch with the 100 GbE (QSFP28) cable:

    • e0a on both controllers to the cluster/HA switch

    • e0d on both controllers to the cluster/HA switch drw a320 switched cluster ha connection step1b

    oie legend icon 2 o

    If you are using your onboard ports for a data network connection, connect the 100GbE or 40Gbe cables to the appropriate data network switches:

    • e0g and e0h drw a320 onboard data connection step2

    oie legend icon 3 dr

    If you are using your NIC cards for Ethernet or FC connections, connect the NIC card(s) to the appropriate switches:

    drw a320 nic connections step3

    oie legend icon 4 lp

    Cable the e0M ports to the management network switches with the RJ45 cables.

    drw a320 management port connection step4

    oie legend icon attn symbol

    DO NOT plug in the power cords at this point.

  2. Cable your storage: Cabling controllers to drive shelves

Cable controllers to drive shelves

You must cable the controllers to your shelves using the onboard storage ports.

Option 1: Cable the controllers to a single drive shelf

You must cable each controller to the NSM modules on the NS224 drive shelf.

Be sure to check the illustration arrow for the proper cable connector pull-tab orientation.

oie cable pull tab up
Note As you insert the connector, you should feel it click into place; if you do not feel it click, remove it, turn it around and try again.
  1. You can use the illustration or the step-by-step instructions to cable your controllers to a single shelf.

    drw a320 single shelf connections animated gif
    Step Perform on each controller module

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    Cable controller A to the shelf drw a320 storage cabling controller a single shelf

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    Cable controller B to the shelf: drw a320 storage cabling controller b single shelf

  2. To complete setting up your system, see Completing system setup and configuration.

Option 2: Cable the controllers to two drive shelves

You must cable each controller to the NSM modules on both NS224 drive shelves.

Be sure to check the illustration arrow for the proper cable connector pull-tab orientation.

oie cable pull tab up
Note As you insert the connector, you should feel it click into place; if you do not feel it click, remove it, turn it around and try again.
  1. You can use the following illustration or the written steps to cable your controllers to two drive shelves.

    drw a320 2 shevles cabling animated gif
    Step Perform on each controller module

    oie legend icon 1 mb

    Cable controller A to the shelves: drw a320 2 shelves cabling controller a

    oie legend icon 2 lo

    Cable controller B to the shelves: drw a320 2 shelves cabling controller b

  2. To complete setting up your system, see Completing system setup and configuration.

Complete system setup and configuration

You can complete the system setup and configuration using cluster discovery with only a connection to the switch and laptop, or by connecting directly to a controller in the system and then connecting to the management switch.

Option 1: Completing system setup and configuration if network discovery is enabled

If you have network discovery enabled on your laptop, you can complete system setup and configuration using automatic cluster discovery.

  1. Plug the power cords into the controller power supplies, and then connect them to power sources on different circuits.

    The system begins to boot. Initial booting may take up to eight minutes

  2. Make sure that your laptop has network discovery enabled.

    See your laptop’s online help for more information.

  3. Use the following animation to connect your laptop to the Management switch.

  4. Select an ONTAP icon listed to discover:

    drw autodiscovery controler select
    1. Open File Explorer.

    2. Click network in the left pane.

    3. Right click and select refresh.

    4. Double-click either ONTAP icon and accept any certificates displayed on your screen.

      Note XXXXX is the system serial number for the target node.

      System Manager opens.

  5. Use System Manager guided setup to configure your system using the data you collected in the NetApp ONTAP Configuration Guide.

  6. Verify the health of your system by running Config Advisor.

  7. After you have completed the initial configuration, go to the ONTAP & ONTAP System Manager Documentation Resources page for information about configuring additional features in ONTAP.

Option 2: Completing system setup and configuration if network discovery is not enabled

If network discovery is not enabled on your laptop, you must complete the configuration and setup using this task.

  1. Cable and configure your laptop or console:

    1. Set the console port on the laptop or console to 115,200 baud with N-8-1.

      Note See your laptop or console’s online help for how to configure the console port.
    2. Connect the console cable to the laptop or console using the console cable that came with your system, and then connect the laptop to the management switch on the management subnet.

      drw a320 laptop to switch and controller
    3. Assign a TCP/IP address to the laptop or console, using one that is on the management subnet.

  2. Use the following animation to set one or more drive shelf IDs:

  3. Plug the power cords into the controller power supplies, and then connect them to power sources on different circuits.

    The system begins to boot. Initial booting may take up to eight minutes

  4. Assign an initial node management IP address to one of the nodes.

    If the management network has DHCP…​ Then…​

    Configured

    Record the IP address assigned to the new controllers.

    Not configured

    1. Open a console session using PuTTY, a terminal server, or the equivalent for your environment.

      Note Check your laptop or console’s online help if you do not know how to configure PuTTY.
    2. Enter the management IP address when prompted by the script.

  5. Using System Manager on your laptop or console, configure your cluster:

    1. Point your browser to the node management IP address.

      Note The format for the address is https://x.x.x.x.
    2. Configure the system using the data you collected in the NetApp ONTAP Configuration guide.

  6. Verify the health of your system by running Config Advisor.

  7. After you have completed the initial configuration, go to the ONTAP & ONTAP System Manager Documentation Resources page for information about configuring additional features in ONTAP.