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OnCommand Workflow Automation 5.0
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Prerequisites for installing Workflow Automation


Before installing OnCommand Workflow Automation (WFA), you must ensure that you have the required information and you have completed certain tasks.

Before you install WFA on a system, you must have completed the following tasks:

  • Downloading the WFA installation file from the NetApp Support Site and copying the file to the server on which you want to install WFA


    You must have valid credentials to log in to the NetApp Support Site. If you do not have valid credentials, you can register on the NetApp Support Site to obtain the credentials.

  • Verifying that the system has access to the following, as applicable:

    • Storage controllers

    • Active IQ Data Center Manager


If your environment requires Secure Shell (SSH) accessibility, you must ensure that SSH is enabled on the target controllers.

  • Verifying that Perl v5.10.1 is installed

Required configuration information

Unit or system Details Purpose


  • IP address

  • User name and password

Perform operations on storage systems


Root or admin account credentials are required for storage (arrays).

External repositories such as OnCommand Balance and custom databases

  • IP address

  • User name and password of a read-only user account

Acquire data

You must create the relevant WFA content, such as dictionary entries and cache queries for the external repositories, in order to acquire data from the external repositories.

Mail server

  • IP address

  • User name and password


User name and password are required if your mail server requires authentication.

Receive WFA notifications through email

AutoSupport server

  • Mail host

Send AutoSupport messages through SMTP

If you do not have a mail host configured, you can use HTTP or HTTPS to send AutoSupport messages.

Microsoft Active Directory (AD) LDAP server

  • IP address

  • User name and password

  • Group name

Authenticate and authorize using AD LDAP or AD LDAPS

SNMP management application

  • IP address

  • Port

Receive WFA SNMP notifications

Syslog server

  • IP address

Send log data

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