2011-06-24 12:43 AM
I've got a FAS2040 with a single motherboard and I would like to know if there's a step-by-step procedure on how to replace a failed motherboard (without losing the configuration).
I would also like to know - if I purchase a spare motherboard, can I pre-configure it so that if the active one fails I can just swap it with the pre-configured one for minimal downtime?
Unfortunately my company doesn't have the resources to afford an active-active configuration.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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2011-06-24 05:15 PM
I do not think it is a customer 'supported' process as it is not listed here. It does talk about replacing the controller however which should do what you need. If you can get the parts.
You will need to have partner access to the now site in order to access the document.
Sorry I can not help more
2011-06-28 01:33 AM
Thanks for the reply and the link. We've actually been recommended this option instead of an active-active configuration by a NetApp partner.
If anyone had any experience in replacing a FAS2040 controller they could share, that would be most appreciated.
2011-06-28 05:08 AM
afaik - one cannot buy a spare "Motherboard". The NetApp Systems are designed to always replace the complete Controller tray (which includes the Motherboard).
So, lets assume you have a spare "Controller Tray" and want to replace the broken tray...
1. power off the 2040
2. remove the old tray
3. move the FLASH Card to the "Spare Tray"
4. insert the "Spare Tray"
5. power up the 2040
Here are some optional steps, of which I'm not 100% sure, because the 2040 has the NVRAM built in as part of the System Memory...
When the system powers up and cannot "see" any disks, you need to press "CTRL-C" during the bott process, to reassign the disks to this controller.
You might also need to update the motherboard firmware on the spare tray, because it was in the shelf for some longer time...
Then everything should be fine!
Hope this helps,
2011-06-29 05:16 AM
Thanks for the reply - the "motherboard" we've been quoted on (X3244A-R5) is listed as a spare part for the 2040 and I don't see "controller" listed so I'm hoping they're the same. I'll confirm this before ordering.
Thanks for the steps too. As the 2040 isn't in production use yet, I'm hoping I can swap the controllers and configure the standby one. Then in an emergency we can just swap the failed one as per your steps (provided the firmware hasn't changed).
I'm hoping that pre-configuring the replacement controller would mean that downtime is very short. Any comments on this approach?
2011-06-29 05:22 AM
There is a parts finder on NOW (Support Site) with most of the parts and their photographs... Looking up the part number gave back this:
Part Details X3244A-R5 / 111-00524
So it is a controller-module with Motherboard and Memory.
If you keep the Motherboard firmware up to date, then the replacement is a quick one. Depends how fast you can move the parts
2011-11-11 07:13 AM
It's taken a while but I've tested out the procedure and it takes about 10 minutes to replace the controller. Our spare ones have the same ONTAP and firmware version and we swap the whole controller (flash card included).
Thanks for the help,