Detailed guide - AFF A700 and FAS9000

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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.

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.

Before you begin

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

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…​

    10 GbE network cable

    X6566B-2-R6, (112-00299), 2m

    X6566B-3-R6, 112-00300, 3m

    X6566B-5-R6 , 112-00301, 5m

    oie cable sfp gbe copper

    Network cable

    40 GbE network cable

    40 GbE cluster interconnect

    X66100-1,112-00542, 1m

    X66100-3,112-00543, 3m

    oie cable100 gbe qsfp28

    40 GbE network

    Cluster interconnect

    100 GbE network cable

    100 GbE storage cable

    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

    Network cable

    Storage cable

    Note This cable applies to AFF A700 only.

    Optical network cables (order dependent)

    X6553-R6 (112-00188), 2m

    X6536-R6 (112-00090), 5m

    oie cable fiber lc connector

    FC host 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

    Storage

    X66031A (112-00436), 1m

    X66032A (112-00437), 2m

    X66033A (112-00438), 3m

    oie cable mini sas hd to mini sas hd

    Storage

    Micro-USB console cable

    Not applicable

    oie cable micro usb

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

    Power cables

    Not applicable

    oie cable power

    Powering up the system

  4. Review the NetApp ONTAP Confiuration 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.

Steps
  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 9000 lifting icon
Note The label on the left indicates an empty chassis, while the label on the right indicates a fully-populated system.
  1. Attach cable management devices (as shown).

    drw 9000 cable management arms
  2. Place the bezel on the front of the system.

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.

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

drw 9000 TNSC composite cabling
  1. Go to Step 4: Cable controllers to drive shelves for drive shelf cabling instructions.

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.

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

drw 9000 switched cluster cabling

  1. Go to Step 4: Cable controllers to drive shelves for drive shelf cabling instructions.

Step 4: Cable controllers to drive shelves

You can cable your new system to DS212C, DS224C, or NS224 shelves, depending on if it is an AFF or FAS system.

Option 1: Cable the controllers to DS212C or DS224C drive shelves

You must cable the shelf-to-shelf connections, and then cable both controllers to the DS212C or DS224C drive shelves.

The cables are inserted into the drive shelf with the pull-tabs facing down, while the other end of the cable is inserted into the controller storage modules with the pull-tabs up.

oie cable pull tab down
oie cable pull tab up
Steps
  1. Use the following animations or illustrations to cable your drive shelves to your controllers.

    Note The examples use DS224C shelves. Cabling is similar with other supported SAS drive shelves.
    • Cabling SAS shelves in FAS9000, AFF A700, and ASA AFF A700, ONTAP 9.7 and earlier:

    SAS storage ONTAP 9.7 and earlier

    • Cabling SAS shelves in FAS9000, AFF A700, and ASA AFF A700, ONTAP 9.8 and later:

    SAS storage ONTAP 9.8 and later

    Note If you have more than one drive shelf stack, see the Installation and Cabling Guide for your drive shelf type.

    Cable shelves new system IOM12 shelves

  2. Go to Step 5: Complete system setup and configuration to complete system setup and configuration.

Option 2: Cable the controllers to a single NS224 drive shelf in AFF A700 and ASA AFF A700 systems running ONTAP 9.8 and later only

You must cable each controller to the NSM modules on the NS224 drive shelf on an AFF A700 or ASA AFF A700 running system ONTAP 9.8 or later.

  • This task applies to AFF A700 and ASA AFF A700 running ONTAP 9.8 or later only.

  • The systems must have at least one X91148A module installed in slots 3 and/or 7 for each controller. The animation or illustrations show this module installed in both slots 3 and 7.

  • 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.
Steps
  1. Use the following animation or illustrations to cable your controllers with two X91148A storage modules to a single NS224 drive shelf, or use the diagram to cable your controllers with one X91148A storage module to a single NS224 drive shelf.

    drw ns224 a700 1shelf
    single NS224 shelf
  2. Go to Step 5: Complete system setup and configuration to complete system setup and configuration.

Option 3: Cable the controllers to two NS224 drive shelves in AFF A700 and ASA AFF A700 systems running ONTAP 9.8 and later only

You must cable each controller to the NSM modules on the NS224 drive shelves on an AFF A700 or ASA AFF A700 running system ONTAP 9.8 or later.

  • This task applies to AFF A700 and ASA AFF A700 running ONTAP 9.8 or later only.

  • The systems must have two X91148A modules, per controller, installed in slots 3 and 7.

  • 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.
Steps
  1. Use the following animation or illustrations to cable your controllers to two NS224 drive shelves.

    drw ns224 a700 2shelves
    two NS224 shelves
  2. Go to Step 5: Complete system setup and configuration to complete system setup and configuration.

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: 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.

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

    If your system has NS224 drive shelves, the 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.

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

  3. Turn on the power switches to both nodes.

    Note Initial booting may take up to eight minutes.
  4. Make sure that your laptop has network discovery enabled.

    See your laptop’s online help for more information.

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

Steps
  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 9000 cable console switch 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:

    If your system has NS224 drive shelves, the 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.

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

  4. Turn on the power switches to both nodes.

    Note Initial booting may take up to eight minutes.
  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  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.