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OnCommand Workflow Automation 5.1

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

    Note 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 Unified Manager

    • VMware vCenter


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

  • Verifying that PowerShell 3.0 or later is installed

  • Ensuring that VMware Power CLI is installed, if you are using WFA to execute workflows on VMware vSphere

  • Collecting the required configuration information

  • Ensuring that the MySQL .Net connector is installed, if you are using the Invoke-MysqlQuery cmdlet

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).


  • IP address

  • User name and password of an admin for vCenter server

Acquire data Perform operations by using VMware APIs

Note You must have installed VMware Power CLI.

External repositories such as OnCommand Balance and custom databases

  • IP address

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

Acquire dataYou 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

Note 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 SMTPIf 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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