Add (create) a local tier using System Manager

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You can use System Manager to create local tiers to add to your storage solution.

About this task

System Manager creates local tiers based on recommended best practices for configuring local tiers.

Beginning with ONTAP 9.11.1, you can decide to configure local tiers manually if you want a different configuration than the one recommended during the automatic process to add a local tier.

Workflow for adding a local tier

workflow add create local tier

Add a local tier automatically

Steps
  1. In System Manager, click Storage > Tiers.

  2. From the Tiers page, click icon add local tier to create a new local tier:

    The Add Local Tier page shows the recommended number of local tiers that can be created on the nodes and the usable storage available.

  3. Click Recommended details to view the configuration recommended by System Manager.

    System Manager displays the following information beginning with ONTAP 9.8:

    • Local tier name (you can edit the local tier name beginning with ONTAP 9.10.1)

    • Node name

    • Usable size

    • Type of storage

    Beginning with ONTAP 9.10.1, additional information is displayed:

    • Disks: showing the number, size, and type of the disks

    • Layout: showing the RAID group layout, including which disks are parity or data and which slots are unused.

    • Spare disks: showing the node name, the number and size of spare disks, and the type of storage.

  4. Perform one of the following steps:

    If you want to…

    Then do this…

    Accept the recommendations from System Manager

    Proceed to Step 5.

    Manually configure the local tiers and not use the recommendations from System Manager

  5. (Optional): If the Onboard Key Manager has been installed, you can configure it for encryption. Check the Configure Onboard Key Manager for encryption check box.

    1. Enter a passphrase.

    2. Enter the passphrase again to confirm it.

    3. Save the passphrase for future use in case the system needs to be recovered.

    4. Back up the key database for future use.

  6. Click Save to create the local tier and add it to your storage solution.

Add a local tier manually using System Manager

Beginning with ONTAP 9.11.1, If you do not want to use the configuration recommended by System Manager to create a local tier, you can specify the configuration you want.

Steps
  1. Complete Steps 1 through 3 in Add a local tier automatically.

  2. When System Manager displays the storage recommendation for the local tier, click Switch to Manual Local Tier Creation in the Spare Disks section.

    The Add Local Tier page displays fields that you use to configure the local tier.

  3. In the first section of the Add Local Tier page, complete the following:

    1. Enter the name of the local tier.

    2. (Optional): Check the Mirror this local tier check box if you want to mirror the local tier.

    3. Select a disk type.

    4. Select the number of disks.

  4. In the RAID Configuration section, complete the following:

    1. Select the RAID type.

    2. Select the RAID group size.

    3. Click RAID allocation to view how the disks are allocated in the group.

  5. (Optional): If the Onboard Key Manager has been installed, you can configure it for encryption in the Encryption section of the page. Check the Configure Onboard Key Manager for encryption check box.

    1. Enter a passphrase.

    2. Enter the passphrase again to confirm it.

    3. Save the passphrase for future use in case the system needs to be recovered.

    4. Back up the key database for future use.

  6. Click Save to create the local tier and add it to your storage solution.