Detailed steps - AFF 900

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

Step 1: Prepare for installation

To install your system, you need to create an account on the NetApp Support Site, register your 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 NetApp Hardware Universe for information about site requirements as well as additional information on your configured system.

What you need

You might also want to have access to the ONTAP 9 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

Steps
  1. Unpack the contents of all boxes.

  2. Record the system serial number from the controllers.

    drw ssn label
  3. 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…​

    25 GbE data Cable

    X66240A-05 (112-00639), 0.5m

    X66240A-2 (112-00598), 2m

    X66240A-5 (112-00600), 5m

    oie cable sfp gbe copper

    Network cable

    32 Gb FC (SFP+ Op)

    X66250-2 (112-00342), 2m

    X66250-5 (112-00344), 5m

    X66250-15 (112-00346), 15m

    oie cable sfp gbe copper

    FC optical network cable

    40 GbE network cable

    X66100-1 (112-00542), 1m

    X66100-3 (112-00543), 3m

    X66100-5 (112-00544), 5m

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    Ethernet data, cluster network

    100 GbE cable

    X66211B-1 (112-00573), 1m

    X66211B-2 (112-00574), 2m

    X66211B-5 (112-00576), 5m

    oie cable100 gbe qsfp28

    Network,

    NVME storage,

    Ethernet data,

    cluster network

    Optical cables

    X66031A (112-00436), 1m

    X66032A (112-00437), 2m

    X66033A (112-00438), 3m

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    FC optical network

    Cat 6, RJ-45 (order dependent)

    Part numbers X6585-R6 (112-00291), 3m

    X6562-R6 (112-00196), 5m

    oie cable rj45

    Management network and Ethernet data

    Micro-USB console cable

    Not applicable

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    Console connection during software setup on non-Windows or Mac laptop/console

    Power cables

    Not applicable

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    Powering up the system

  4. Review the ONTAP Configuration Guide and collect the required information listed in that guide.

Step 2: 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.
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  3. Attach cable management devices (as shown).

    drw 9500 cable management arms
  4. Place the bezel on the front of the system.

The following diagram shows a representation of what a typical system looks like and where the major components are located at the rear of the system:

drw a900 controller in  chassis ID IEOPS 856

Step 3: 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: Two-node switchless cluster

Management network, data network, and management ports on the controllers are connected to switches. The cluster interconnect ports are cabled on both controllers.

Before you begin

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

Be sure to check the direction of the cable pull-tabs when inserting the cables in the ports. Cable pull-tabs are up for all networking module ports.

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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. Use the animation or illustration to complete the cabling between the controllers and to the switches:

    Animation - Cable a two-node switchless cluster
    drw a900 tnsc network cabling IEOPS 933
    Step Perform on each controller
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    Cable cluster interconnect ports:

    • Slot A4 and B4 (e4a)

    • Slot A8 and B8 (e8a)

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    oie legend icon 2 lp

    Cable controller management (wrench) ports.

    oie cable rj45
    oie legend icon 3 o

    Cable 25 GbE network switches:

    Ports in slot A3 and B3 (e3a and e3c) and slot A9 and B9 (e9a and e9c) to the 25 GbE network switches.

    oie cable sfp gbe copper

    40GbE host network switches:

    Cable host‐side b ports in slot A4 and B4 (e4b) and slot A8 and B8 (e8b) to the host switch.

    oie cable100 gbe qsfp28
    oie legend icon 4 dr

    Cable 32 Gb FC connections:

    Cable ports in slot A5 and B5 (5a, 5b, 5c, and 5d) and slot A7 and B7 (7a, 7b, 7c, and 7d) to the 32 Gb FC network switches.

    oie cable sfp gbe copper
    • Strap the cables to the cable management arms (not shown).

    • Connect the power cables to the PSUs and connect them to different power sources (not shown). PSU 1 and 3 provide power to all side A components, while PSU2 and PSU4 provide power to all side B components.

    oie cable power
    drw a900fas9500 power source icon IEOPS 1142
Option 2: Switched cluster

Management network, data network, and management ports on the controllers are connected to switches. The cluster interconnect and HA ports are cabled on to the cluster/HA switch.

Before you begin

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

Be sure to check the direction of the cable pull-tabs when inserting the cables in the ports. Cable pull-tabs are up for all networking module ports.

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 over and try again.
  1. Use the animation or illustration to complete the cabling between the controllers and to the switches:

    Animation - Cable a switched cluster
    drw a900 switched network cabling IEOPS 934
    Step Perform on each controller
    oie legend icon 1 lg

    Cable cluster interconnect a ports:

    • Slot A4 and B4 (e4a) to the cluster network switch.

    • Slot A8 and B8 (e8a) to the cluster network switch.

    oie cable100 gbe qsfp28
    oie legend icon 2 lp

    Cable controller management (wrench) ports.

    oie cable rj45
    oie legend icon 3 o

    Cable 25GbE network switches:

    Ports in slot A3 and B3 (e3a and e3c) and slot A9 and B9 (e9a and e9c) to the 25 GbE network switches.

    oie cable sfp gbe copper

    40GbE host network switches:

    Cable host‐side b ports in slot A4 and B4 (e4b) and slot A8 and B8 (e8b) to the host switch.

    oie cable100 gbe qsfp28
    oie legend icon 4 dr

    Cable 32 Gb FC connections:

    Cable ports in slot A5 and B5 (5a, 5b, 5c, and 5d) and slot A7 and B7 (7a, 7b, 7c, and 7d) to the 32 Gb FC network switches.

    oie cable sfp gbe copper
    • Strap the cables to the cable management arms (not shown).

    • Connect the power cables to the PSUs and connect them to different power sources (not shown). PSU 1 and 3 provide power to all side A components, while PSU2 and PSU4 provide power to all side B components.

    oie cable power
    drw a900fas9500 power source icon IEOPS 1142

Step 4: Cable controllers to drive shelves

Cable either a single NS224 drive shelf or two NS224 drive shelves to your controllers.

Option 1: Cable the controllers to a single NS224 drive shelf

You must cable each controller to the NSM modules on the NS224 drive shelf on an AFF A900 system.

Before you begin
  • Be sure to check the illustration arrow for the proper cable connector pull-tab orientation. The cable pull-tab for the storage modules are up, while the pull tabs on the shelves are down.

oie cable pull tab up
oie cable pull tab down
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. Use the following animation or drawings to cable your controllers to a single NS224 drive shelf.

    Animation - Cable a single NS224 shelf
    drw a900 NS224 one shelf cabling IEOPS 937
    Step Perform on each controller
    oie legend icon 1 mb
    • Connect controller A port e2a to port e0a on NSM A on the shelf.

    • Connect controller A port e10b to port e0b on NSM B on the shelf.

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    100 GbE cable

    oie legend icon 2 lo
    • Connect controller B port e2a to port e0a on NSM B on the shelf.

    • Connect controller B port e10b to port e0b on NSM A on the shelf.

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    100 GbE cable

Option 2: Cable the controllers to two NS224 drive shelves

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

Before you begin
  • Be sure to check the illustration arrow for the proper cable connector pull-tab orientation. The cable pull-tab for the storage modules are up, while the pull tabs on the shelves are down.

oie cable pull tab up
oie cable pull tab down
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. Use the following animation or diagram to cable your controllers to two NS224 drive shelves.

    Animation - Cable two NS224 shelves
    drw a900 NS224 line art two shelf cabling IEOPS 1147
    drw a900 NS224 two shelf cabling IEOPS 938
    Step Perform on each controller
    oie legend icon 1 mb
    • Connect controller A port e2a to NSM A e0a on shelf 1.

    • Connect controller A port e10b to NSM B e0b on shelf 1.

    • Connect controller A port e2b to NSM B e0b on shelf 2.

    • Connect controller A port e10a to NSM A e0a on shelf 2.

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    100 GbE cable

    oie legend icon 2 lo
    • Connect controller B port e2a to NSM B e0a on shelf 1.

    • Connect controller B port e10b to NSM A e0b on shelf 1.

    • Connect controller B port e2b to NSM A e0b on shelf 2.

    • Connect controller B port e10a to NSM B e0a on shelf 2.

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    100 GbE cable

Step 5: 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: 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. Use the following animation or drawing to set one or more drive shelf IDs:

    The NS224 shelves are pre-set to shelf ID 00 and 01. If you want to change the shelf IDs, you must create a tool to insert into the hole where button is located. see Change a shelf ID - NS224 shelves for detailed instructions.

    Animation - Set NVMe drive shelf IDs
    drw a900 oie change ns224 shelf ID IEOPS 836
    legend icon 01

    Shelf end cap

    legend icon 02

    Shelf faceplate

    legend icon 03

    Shelf ID LED

    legend icon 04

    Shelf ID setting button

  2. Turn on the power switches on the power supplies to both nodes.

    Animation - Turn on the power to the controllers
    drw a900 power on IEOPS 941
    Note Initial booting may take up to eight minutes.
  3. Make sure that your laptop has network discovery enabled.

    See your laptop’s online help for more information.

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

    Animation - Connect your laptop to the Management switch
    dwr laptop to switch only
  5. 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.

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

  7. Set up your account and download Active IQ Config Advisor:

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

    2. Register your system.

    3. Download Active IQ Config Advisor.

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

  9. 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: If network discovery is not enabled

If you are not using a Windows or Mac-based laptop or console or if auto discovery is not enabled, 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 A900 cable console switch controller IEOPS 953
    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:

    The NS224 shelves are pre-set to shelf ID 00 and 01. If you want to change the shelf IDs, you must create a tool to insert into the hole where button is located. see Change a shelf ID - NS224 shelves for detailed instructions.

    Animation - Set NVMe drive shelf IDs
    drw a900 oie change ns224 shelf ID IEOPS 836
    legend icon 01

    Shelf end cap

    legend icon 02

    Shelf faceplate

    legend icon 03

    Shelf ID LED

    legend icon 04

    Shelf ID setting button

  3. Turn on the power switches on the power supplies to both nodes.

    Animation - Turn on the power to the controllers
    drw a900 power on IEOPS 941
    Note 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 ONTAP Configuration Guide

  6. Set up your account and download Active IQ Config Advisor:

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

    2. Register your system.

    3. Download Active IQ Config Advisor.

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

  8. 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.