Decide whether to use the aggregate relocation guide

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This guide 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 guide under the following circumstances:

  • You are upgrading NetApp controllers running ONTAP 9.5, 9.6 or 9.7. This document is not applicable to upgrades to ONTAP 9.8.

  • 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 4-node or higher FC configuration, and all nodes are running ONTAP 9.6 or 9.7.

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

The following tables 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 A800**


FAS8700, FAS9000, FAS8300****

AFF A300

AFF A700*, AFF A800***, AFF A400****

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

*ARL automated upgrade for the AFF A700 platform is supported from ONTAP 9.7P2.

**If you are updating to an AFF A800 or a system that supports internal and external disks, you must follow specific instructions for the root aggregate on internal NVMe disks. See Check and configure UTA/UTA2 ports on node3, Step 14 and Check and configure UTA/UTA2 ports on node4, Step 14.

***ARL automated upgrade from an AFF A300 to an AFF A800 platform is supported from ONTAP 9.7P5.

****ARL automated upgrade from an AFF A300 to an AFF A400 and an FAS8200 to an FAS8300 platform is supported from ONTAP 9.7P8.

If you prefer a different method of upgrading the controller hardware and are willing to do volume moves, refer to References to link to the Controller Hardware Upgrade Express Guide.

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