2012-07-27 12:16 AM
I've faced one interview question that i want to share with you and requesting solutions as well.
scenario: Active / Active Cluster
Primary Filer : have protocols NFS, CIFS, FCP & ISCSI
Secondary Filer : have protocols NFS, CIFS
when primary filer down, how failover happens?
As per knowledge, Both filers should have similar H/W architecture, similar Ontap version and everything should be same then only we call it as active/active cluster. My concern in the above question, how this will be active / active cluster?
Is it possible to configure active/active cluster by using above scenario? If yes how? provide me steps
2012-07-27 12:33 AM
First of all, is it possible to setup them as active/active cluster?
on secondary filer, we are not using FC and ISCSI protocols, the luns using them (FC, ISCSI protocols) in primary filer, how they failover to secondary filer?
can you please explain?
2012-07-27 05:41 AM
From technical PoV you must have FCP enabled and active on both controllers to get FCP failover for host. I am not sure whether you even will be able to properly configure FCP in HA pair without running FCP on both heads.
Other protocols may work. I do not know because I never tested it.
But the real question is support. As far as I know such configuration is not supported. If you really need it, you need contact your NetApp representative and support and request official statement whether this is supported. May be as special release (PVR).