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Filer without aggr?

Hi,

I have a FAS2020 with dual disk controllers.

I would like to re-assign the disks from the second controller to the first controller.

Is it possible to run the second contoller and filer without any disks, aggregate and volume?

Magnus

Re: Filer without aggr?

No. There must be at least one volume on a controller. This requires an absolute minimum of 2 disks with 3 preferred (for a spare).

-- Adam Fox

Re: Filer without aggr?

What would actually happen if I didn't leave any disk at all for the second controller?

Magnus

Re: Filer without aggr?

The second controller won't be boot and you will have no failover capability. You are also effectively cutting your processing and cache in half.

-- Adam Fox

Re: Filer without aggr?

Our current NetApp FAS2020 will soon be configured with SyncMirror and CFS to another FAS2020.

Isn't this failover capability not sufficient?

If I didn't use the second controller on both of the FAS2020, would it also cut the processing and cache?

Magnus

Re: Filer without aggr?

Synchronous SnapMirror will keep the data in sync but does not automatically failover.  That is a manual process.  With an HA pair, failover is automatic and invisible to most protocols and nearly invisible to CIFS.

And, yes, if you only use one controller you will effectively be cutting your processing and cache in half in a normal operation.  That's the advantage of an active/active configuration.