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HCI preconfigured ?

Hi,

 

we will purchase a netapp HCI 4 x 4 (4 compute nodes and 4 storage nodes) and we want to know if the solution come with preconfigured switches (vlans, lacp etc..) or we have to spend a time to do it.

 

thanks

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Re: HCI preconfigured ?

Hi, if you purchase HCI and get a partner to deploy it, the kit comes unconfigured but the partner will use tools such as config builder to build the switch configuration and integrate the system. This could include joining an existing virtual estate or integrating with an existing one. 

The config builder tool gives the partner a deployment workbook which, when filled in will allow the deployment engineer to copy paste configuration elements into the switches and into the HCI NDE (NetApp deployment engine). It's a pretty rapid deployment once all the information is captured into the tools, the whole thing will stand up within an hour or two easily.

 

Re: HCI preconfigured ?

Hi,

Thank you for your answer

In my country netapp is not present, we use the documents provided by the Netapp site for the installation of the netapp hci 4X4 solution. The switch for the solution is Mellanox SN2010.
I found a doc of the configuration of Mellanox SN2010 switch provided by Stephen Carl, (HCI Tech Solutions, NetApp
December 2018 | TR-4735-1218) which is interesting I provide you the link.

https://www.netapp.com/us/media/tr-4735.pdf.
The wiring configuration on page 14 and the switch configuration is on page 15.
This is our first time with the Netapp HCI solution.

Re: HCI preconfigured ?

Yep that one is useful, this document is also worth a read, it's slightly out of date but is still valuable. 

 

https://library.netapp.com/ecm/ecm_download_file/ECMLP2856899

Re: HCI preconfigured ?

Hi,

Before committing to netapp HCI, I believed that Deployment Engine does everything by providing it with the information (names, DNS, Ip addresses for the three segments management storage and vmware vmotion) and he takes care of everything.
is there a simpler configuration for the Mellanox SN2010 switch?

note: I have read NetApp HCI 1.7P1

Thanks 

Re: HCI preconfigured ?

The NDE (NetApp Deployment Engine) is very good yes, it will automate the depoyment based on your inputs.

 

In terms of the switch configuration, I beleive there is a web interface as part of the Mellenox switch OS. It might take more clicks to get it done but could be easier for you to deploy if your not comfortable with the CLI.

Re: HCI preconfigured ?

Hi Higo!

 

We have a simple configuration guide for the Mellanox switches starting Page 15 at https://www.netapp.com/us/media/tr-4735.pdf

 

Hope this helps - it should not take too long!

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