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Clustered Data Ontap course lab setup?


I just finished the Ontap 8 admin course.  The lab setup was really great and the instructor mentioned he thought it was possible to download a vmdk of the lab and set it up after the course.

I've looked around but I've been unable to find anything like this.  Can anyone point me in the right direction?




Can the simulator files, extracted from the compressed download file be copied up to a datastore on an ESXi HA, and a simulator machine built?


Because when I try to do this, the copy to the datastore completes, but the 126 or so small .vmdk files just dissapear once the copy is complete. Ive tried 5 times, same results.


Then I downloaded VMWare Player, and tried running the simulator from my workstation. Though my workstation fits all requirements (64 bit etc), it chokes when I try to play the simulator.


I'd like to run the simulator on the VMWare HA cluster, as its own VM. But the files I copy up to the datastore just seem to disappear.


Any ideas? How do YOU run the simulator? Where do you run it?




Jolkowski -

I'm surprised that an instructor would not thouroughly cover instruction on the use of Data ONTAP simulators !

I make sure to teach students how to set up their own lab environs every time I teach class.

Yes, you can download your own sims.

Here's the download page:

There are many articles here on Communities on installing and setting up the simulators.

I hope this response has been helpful to you.

At your service,

Eugene E. Kashpureff, Sr.

Independent NetApp Consultant, K&H Research

Senior NetApp Instructor, IT Learning Solutions

(P.S. I appreciate points for helpful or correct answers.)


Thank you 


can you please post how to migrate Data from 7G to Cluster mode filers.


in our enviroment we are migrating data from FAS2240 7 Mode to Cluster mode.


i am new to this environment, can you please give me some migrations docs.



Hi -- You may have found this already but you may try looking in for answers. 


I did a quick search and found these posts as a place to start - hope it helps!




Thanks so much!
Terri Peluso
Senior Community Program Manager
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