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Data ONTAP 8.1.1rc1 Cluster-Mode simulator install

[ Edited ]

A while back I created a document to help SEs (and others) install a Data ONTAP simulator on their laptop for customer demos. The goal was to make it as easy as possible. It was originally written for 8.0 7-mode, so it needed a refresh and a focus on cluster-mode. I have added a few extra aspects to this version and consider making a separate document on creating, configuring and using Vservers.

 

This is a first draft, so please send any comments or suggestions so I can make it better.

 

Jeff Tardie
Global Technical Instructor

SE PS Field Enablement
NetApp University

tardie@netapp.com

 

Message was edited by: Jeff Tardie Based on some feedback I decided to clean up a few steps to remove a few issues. I also added steps to add more disks.

Re: Data ONTAP 8.1.1rc1 Cluster-Mode simulator install

Very good and easy to follow.  Does VMware player allow more than one VM to run at a time now?  I haven't used it in a long time but it was only one VM so the cluster-mode setup would be a single node only (still works for learning but nice to have 2 nodes in the cluster).

Also, did you notice that 8.1.1 doesn't have the makedisks.main program anymore?  I was able to use it in 8.1 but not the latest 8.1.1 that posted.  I posted a discussion but didn't see a response.  Another nice thing would be if we could download the image.tgz file for the VSIM (different that the fas one but still q code for the vsim) then we can software update or system image update and not have to reconfigure our VSIMs from scratch whenever a new one posts... NetApp employees get access but no one else to those files.  Hopefully they post on the VSIM page one day to give the option to upgrade.

Re: Data ONTAP 8.1.1rc1 Cluster-Mode simulator install

You can run various instances with VMware Player. I usually run two for vsim (2-node cluster), one for fedora (pNFS testing) and one for Server 2008r2. I am using a Lenovo T-520 with 8GB ram.

I may consider an optional step for adding disks, since this always comes up. As far as upgrades, not sure...

Thanks for your input.

Re: Data ONTAP 8.1.1rc1 Cluster-Mode simulator install

This is great. Has anyone seen a doc that relates to setting this up in esx? Setting up the netowrk for the back end cluster is obviously much different in esx than player or workstation.

Re: Data ONTAP 8.1.1rc1 Cluster-Mode simulator install

The section on adding disks was very helpful, thanks for posting this!

Re: Data ONTAP 8.1.1rc1 Cluster-Mode simulator install

The latest install doc on Support has a section for installing to esx. Use it to configure the network and load the vm's, then use my document to configure. I was successful on my esx host, but did not create a document.

Re: Data ONTAP 8.1.1rc1 Cluster-Mode simulator install

You are very welcome.

Re: Data ONTAP 8.1.1rc1 Cluster-Mode simulator install

Hey, Thanks a lot for this doc ... Steps were perfectly described and made installations easier ....

Re: Data ONTAP 8.1.1rc1 Cluster-Mode simulator install

I just want to add a note that on the Lenovo Laptops (T420) you need to go into the Security section of the BIOS to enable VT. So you need to take an extra step after step 6 but before step 7 in the documentation on configuring the BIOS.

Configure -> Security -> Virtualization ( I enabled both options)

Now things are working.

Re: Data ONTAP 8.1.1rc1 Cluster-Mode simulator install

has anybody try the update From 8.1.2 to 8.2 on a Data ONTAP simulator environmet?

there is a system update command but I failed.