I'm setting up ONTAP Select 9.2 in my lab, where we have limited hardware. I've got a two-node VMware cluster with each node having 1.6TB of local storage. The rest is SAN-based. Unfortunately, I can't quite stretch the hardware enough to get 2+TB of local storage to meet the minimum size requirement.
I'd never even think about doing this in production, but given that this is a lab only and we just need it for demo/learning purposes, is there any way to manually bypass the minimum size requirement of 2TB, and/or make it use thin provisioning? I'm ok with deploying entirely from the command line, but I really need a way to get this working without buying a bunch of bigger disks...
I've been deploying it to nested hosts. Its obviously not a supported configuration, but I've built nested lab pods with 1, 2, and 4 node ESX environments. I allocate 24gb ram, 6vcpu, and a 3TB disk to each nested ESX host. I thin provision them on an NFS datastore, which doesn't have anywhere near 12T of actual capacity. I'm not filling it up or expecting real-world performance, just running through deployment scenarios and doing some basic functional testing. In my case, it's working out fine, but YMMV.
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