Install XCP NFS

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If you want to upgrade XCP, delete the current installation and replace it with a new installation of the latest version.
This section details the system requirements and the procedures for the initial setup of XCP on a Linux client and the INI file configuration.

System Requirements



64-bit Intel or AMD server, minimum 4 cores and 32 GB RAM

Operating System & Software

RHEL8. See the IMT for supported operating systems

Special Requirements

Network connectivity and root level access to source and destination NFSv3 exports

No other active applications


20 MB of disk space for the XCP binary and at least 50 MB of disk space for the logs that are stored in the /opt/NetApp/xFiles/xcp/ directory

Supported Protocol Version

NFSv3 and NFSv4 (ACL only)

Supported browser (File Analytics only)

XCP File Analytics supports Google Chrome version 76 and later. See the IMT matrix for all the supported versions of the browser


  1. Log in to the Linux machine as the root user and download and install the license:

    [root@scspr1980872003 ~]# ls -l
    total 36188
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root 37043983 Oct  5 09:36 NETAPP_XCP_<version>.tgz
    -rw-------. 1 root root     1994 Sep  4  2019 license
  2. Untar XCP to extract the tool:

    [root@scspr1980872003 ~]# tar -xvf NETAPP_XCP_<version>.tgz
    [root@scspr1980872003 ~]# ls
    NETAPP_XCP_<version>.tgz license xcp
    [root@scspr1980872003 ~]# cd xcp/linux/
    [root@scspr1980872003 linux]# ls
  3. Verify that the /opt/NetApp/xFiles/xcp path is available on the system from a previous version of XCP.

    If /opt/NetApp/xFiles/xcp is available, activate the license by using the xcp activate command and proceed with data migration.

    If /opt/NetApp/xFiles/xcp is not available, the system creates the XCP host configuration directory and files at /opt/NetApp/xFiles/xcp when you run the xcp activate command is run for the first time.

    The xcp activate command fails as license is not installed.

    [root@scspr1980872003 linux]# ./xcp activate
    (c) 2020 NetApp, Inc.
    xcp: Host config file not found. Creating sample at '/opt/NetApp/xFiles/xcp/xcp.ini'
    xcp: ERROR: License file /opt/NetApp/xFiles/xcp/license not found.
    Register for a license at https://xcp.netapp.com
  4. Copy the license to /opt/NetApp/xFiles/xcp/:

    [root@scspr1980872003 linux]# cp ~/license /opt/NetApp/xFiles/xcp/
  5. Verify that the license file was copied to /opt/NetApp/xFiles/xcp/:

    [root@ scspr1980872003 ~]# ls -altr /opt/NetApp/xFiles/xcp/
    total 44
    drwxr-xr-x 3 root root    17 Oct  1 06:07 ..
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root   304 Oct  1 06:07 license
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root     6 Oct  1 10:16 xcpfalogs
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root    21 Oct  1 10:16 xcplogs
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root   110 Oct  5 00:48 xcp.ini
    drwxr-xr-x 4 root root    83 Oct  5 00:48 .
    [root@scspr1978802001 ~]#
  6. Activate XCP:

    [root@scspr1980872003 linux]# ./xcp activate
    XCP <version>; (c) 2020 NetApp, Inc.;
    XCP already activated