Netapp cluster setup can help you Survive a Filibuster

Netapp SAN is a Ranking #2 storage in world. Hot core technology in the world for flash and unified storage models. After Netapp 7 mode version, Netapp is launched Netapp Cluster mode which is called C-Mode. Now we are going to see Netapp cluster setup can help you for first time. How to setup Netapp cluster mode system for the first time. Fresh Netapp cluster mode installation. 

Before going to setup Netapp cluster mode filer let’s see prerequisites

  1. Cabling for cluster mode setup
  2. Netapp filers should rack mounted properly 
  3. Network connectivity is required for both Management Network and local Network
  4. Working Master Domain Naming Service server

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Brand new first time it will ask you to setup cluster management IP address, if you setup that it will ask you for the username to login. OR you have to connect Netapp filer using serial console.

Netapp Cluster Setup start here

First login it will not ask you for password just type user name admin hit enter

1 netapp cluster mode setup

Netapp cluster mode first login screen

After login with admin user run cluster setup

2 how to setup netapp cluster first time

Cluster setup

It will ask you two options 

Create = Two Create first cluster type create

Join = To join to existing cluster type join

This is our first node we have to use  create cluster type create and hit enter

Next option It will ask you whether you want to use single node or multiple nodes..? if you would like to use one node cluster then type yes. In our case we would like to use two nodes so type no hit enter

Will the cluster network be configured to use network switches? [yes]: ↵Enter

3 complete guide for netapp cluster setup

Do you want to use these defaults? (yes, no) (yes):↵Enter

i would recommend you to go with Netapp defaults

4 cluster setup netapp provide cluster name

Provide Cluster Name

Enter the cluster name: ArkIT
Enter the cluster base license key: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

It will below steps to configure cluster

  • Network setup
  • Replication Server RDB (Replication ring identical processes will run in all the nodes)
  • Create Cluster
  • System Startup
  • Updates volume location database
  • Starts cluster support services

5 how netapp cluster setp Enter DNS

Just hit enter for additional license key

Enter port and IP details for Cluster Logical interfaces

Enter the DNS domain names:
6 netapp cluster setup Enter Management IP details

Enter Management IP Details

Enter the Management interface IP details and Hit Enter

7 cluster show command netapp

Netapp cluster show command

That’s it about First Netapp cluster node setup. How Netapp cluster setup can help you.

Second Node Cluster setup

Star second node and setup the IP address to communicate with first node cluster name

2 second node adding to cluster

Second node adding to cluster

Here type join

it will ask for cluster name to provide then provide cluster name

Second Node Management Network Setup

Second Node Management Network Setup

Cluster show second node

Congratulations your two node cluster setup completed successfully. 


Cluster setup is not a HA if it is single node also. Cluster mode usage replication identical accessing information services.

Please do comment your feedback on the same.

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Ravi Kumar Ankam

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3 Responses

  1. Hi,

    I want performance related knowledge, perfomance related troubleshooting.

  2. blank Karthik says:

    Hello Ravi, thanks for sharing this nice stuff.. Please share us some information of creation of SVM/VOL/NFS/CIFS SHARES and troubleshooting steps. Alos SNAPVUALT/MIRROR configurations please…. Thanks~

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