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Converting a FAS2240-2 to a disk shelf

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Hi,

We have a FAS2240-2 with 24 x 900GB SAS drives running ONTAP 8.1.1P4 7-Mode.

We would like to convert it to a DS2246 disk shelf and connect it to a FAS2552 with 24 x 900GB SAS drives running CDOT 8.3.2 (no external disk shelves).

I've been reading the documentation on converting a 2240 to a disk shelf and the process seems overly complex.

 

Is it not possible to:

  1. Boot the 2240 into maintenance mode and zero the disks.
  2. Power off the 2240 and replace the controllers with IOM6 modules.
  3. Power on the (old) 2240 and change the shelf id.
  4. Connect it to the FAS2552 filer?

We did something similar recently when we (non-disruptively) moved 3 x 4243 disk shelves from a FAS3210 running 8.1.1P1 7-Mode to a FAS8020 with 4 existing 4243 disk shelves running CDOT 8.3.1P1.

All we had to do was zero the disks on the 3210 before cabling the shelves to the new system.

 

Thanks.

Re: Converting a FAS2240-2 to a disk shelf

Documentation describes how to convert FAS2240 into shelf while retaining data on internal disks. If you do not need data, you can simply replace controllers with IOM and connect to existing FAS. All further work (reassigning and zero disks) can be done online from this system.


Is it not possible to:

  1. Boot the 2240 into maintenance mode and zero the disks.

No really; disk zero_spares command is not available in maintenance mode (I do not think you can even destroy aggregate in maintenance mode before you can start zeroing disks). What you can do is to reassign ownership to new system en mass which is easier than doing it disk by disk online.

Re: Converting a FAS2240-2 to a disk shelf

without going into to much detail I believe your answer lies in 7-Mode Transition Tool 2.2, have alook. 

 

https://library.netapp.com/ecm/ecm_download_file/ECMLP2346396 

Re: Converting a FAS2240-2 to a disk shelf

First of all, thanks for the feedback.

I was wrong about maintenance mode.

What I should have said is, interrupt the reboot process and select option 4 'Clean configuration and initialize all disks'.

My understanding is that if I do that, then, when I attach the disks to the new filer, they will show up as 'spare'.

All I need to do then is assign half of them to each node and allocate them to aggregates as needed.

Re: Converting a FAS2240-2 to a disk shelf


My understanding is that if I do that, then, when I attach the disks to the new filer, they will show up as 'spare'.

No; they won't show at all because they belong to different filer. And special boot menu 4 also always creates root aggregate and volume. So you will need to manually assign each disk (because if they are owned you cannot use wildcards here), destroy root aggregate, zero disks belonging to the aggregate. Exactly as if you just connected the same disks without going via special boot menu. So this step won't hurt but it is also absolutely redundant.

 

Re: Converting a FAS2240-2 to a disk shelf

So you are willing to clear the disks, in that case the main thing is disk ownership. If the FAS2552 is already running C-Dot. Then simply on the FAS2240 remove ownership of all the disks, in maintenance mode. Convert the shelf to DS2246, connect to the FAS2552, take ownership, then delete the foreign aggregate if it reconginzed and simply zero spares.

 

Hope this helps

 

 

 

Re: Converting a FAS2240-2 to a disk shelf

Thank you for the help so far.

A follow up question if I may.

The disks in the 2240-2 and 2552 are the same model (X423_HCOBE900A10).

The 2552 uses Advanced Drive Partioning to create the root aggregates.

Can I be confident that the spare drives in shelf 0 will function as spares for the drives in the new shelf?

That way I can create 2 x 12-disk raid groups in the new shelf.

 

Thanks.

Re: Converting a FAS2240-2 to a disk shelf


The 2552 uses Advanced Drive Partioning to create the root aggregates.

Can I be confident that the spare drives in shelf 0 will function as spares for the drives in the new shelf?


To my best knowledge they won't. You need to add non-partitioned spare.

Re: Converting a FAS2240-2 to a disk shelf

Thank you for the quick reply.

Yes, you are right.

I did a bit more research and discovered that if I run the command

storage aggregate show-spare-disks

it shows that the spare disks are already partitioned.

 

Thanks again.

Re: Converting a FAS2240-2 to a disk shelf

I finally got around to doing the conversion.

Before doing the conversion I removed the ownership for all the disks in the 2240.

After replacing the controller cards with IOM6 cards and cabling it all up I now have a filer with 2 disk shelves.

However, the 24 disks in shelf 1 are showing as equally distributed between the 2 nodes with all the even numbered disks in an aggregate called aggr0 on node1 and the rest in an aggregate called aggr0 on node2 (aside from the disks marked as spares).

I can see the aggregates listed when I do a 'storage disk show -shelf 1' but I can't see them when I do 'storage aggregate show'.

 

What is the correct way to make these disks available?