Adding Cluster Ports to NetApp FAS Controller FAS 8080

I had the joy to configure a new NetApp cluster comprised of 2 FAS 8080 nodes. The appliance ships from the factory with only 2 Cluster interconnect ports configured, and the best practice for FAS 8080 recommends using 4 x 10 Gbps ports. The ONTAP version I was using was 8.2. Adding Cluster ports to NetApp. Adding Cluster Ports To Netapp FAS Controller FAS 8080 Model.

The existing network interfaces are listed in the Configuration Manager under cluster Network Interfaces section, or one can SSH to the cluster IP and run network port show this will list the interfaces. The IP-space and Broadcast fields for cluster interfaces are labeled Cluster.

The command syntax to add interfaces to cluster IPspace is listed below.

Adding Cluster ports to NetApp FAS controller ( FAS 8080 )

network port broadcast-domain add-ports -ipspace Cluster -broadcast-domain Cluster -ports node_name:port_name

The command for adding the ports e0b and e0d to node-01 and node-02 for cluster access, would be:

Cluster::>network port broadcast-domain add-ports -ipspace Cluster -broadcast-domain Cluster -ports node-01:e0b
Cluster::>network port broadcast-domain add-ports -ipspace Cluster -broadcast-domain Cluster -ports node-02:e0b
Cluster::>network port broadcast-domain add-ports -ipspace Cluster -broadcast-domain Cluster -ports node-01:e0d
Cluster::>network port broadcast-domain add-ports -ipspace Cluster -broadcast-domain Cluster -ports node-02:e0d

This also changes the MTU on the interfaces and enable jumbo frames.

The only thing left is to create the LIFs (logical interfaces). 

Note: the LIF names have to be unique.

Cluster::>network interface create -vserver Cluster -lif node-01_clus3 -role cluster -home-node node-01 -home-port e0b -auto true
Cluster::>network interface create -vserver Cluster -lif node-01_clus4 -role cluster -home-node node-01 -home-port e0d -auto true
Cluster::>network interface create -vserver Cluster -lif node-02_clus3 -role cluster -home-node node-02 -home-port e0b -auto true
Cluster::>network interface create -vserver Cluster -lif node-02_clus4 -role cluster -home-node node-02 -home-port e0d -auto true

And of course, we can run network port show again to verify our work. If everything went well, there are 4 10 Gbps interfaces listed for each node.

That’s about adding cluster ports.

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