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Planning outage on our DR target node

Hello Folks,

We have a DR FAS8020 (single node "cluster") system in another building that serves solely as a target for DR on our primary clusters (mirror & vault of a bunch of volumes).  Over a hundred primary volumes each replicate out at some point during the day, and some subset of these would fail if the DR "cluster" was unavailable.

We're about to make our DR "cluster" unavailable from 2-6 hours in the near future to power the controller down and add an IOM12 module, and a DS212C shelf.  While this system is powered down, aside from ugly messages in OnCommand/ActiveIQ, will anything else happen on the primary clusters that I need to worry about or plan for?

 

I'm guessing no, but since I'm not a storage guy, I figured the safest thing to do was ask.

 

Thanks!

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Re: Planning outage on our DR target node

in AIQUM flip the "maint" toggle and that should help with the alerts.   

 

As far as the system,  just follow the power down steps and you should be fine.  j

 

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Re: Planning outage on our DR target node

Thank you SpindleNinja.  We just installed AIQUM so we don't have much in the way of alerting configured so no big worries there, but thank you.  I was actually just looking at the closest documentation adjacent to what I need to do, which is install a new IOM12 module in an empty slot.  The closest documentation is hot swap guide for IOM here: https://docs.netapp.com/platstor/topic/com.netapp.doc.hw-ds-sas3-service/GUID-4E331E98-762F-4327-8DAB-CE27360CBAF3.html

This leads me to suspect that we don't actually need to bring down the single-node DR system after all - can anyone confirm that it is true that we can install an new IOM12 module into an empty IOM slot on a single node FAS8020 that has an active IOM6 controller and multiple IOM6 shelves?

 

Thanks again!

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Re: Planning outage on our DR target node

Where are you putting the IOM12 into ?    

 

Can you put a list of what you have? 

 

Single controller FAS8020 + some shelves.  

What shelves / what IOM and count.  

 

And what you're adding.    You shouldn't have to power down to add a shelf,  but swaping out an IOM is a different story. 

 

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Re: Planning outage on our DR target node

Apologies, this has been a real comedy of errors.  Our NetApp VAR spec'd the parts out for us and it looks like we've received the wrong stuff.

 

They told us we needed to add an "IOM12" module to the order to install into the FAS8020 since we only have IOM 6 ports on the controller (with 3 DS4246 shelves strung off the IOM 6), so we said "yea sure whatever" - so I was expecting that meant they were adding (what I'm guessing to be) a PCI-E 2x SAS 12GBps add-on card for the controller but nope, we got a X5720A in the mail which is for the disk shelf. 

 

...So when we finally have the right part, I'm guessing we'll have to take a full outage if it is in fact a PCI-E card going into the slots shown here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/jC3UtnyAa2DgwXLt8.  Not sure something going into those slots could ever be hot-swapped...

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Re: Planning outage on our DR target node

ah ok.  you're adding a SAS card to the controller.   Yes. a controller has to be powered down for that, and since it's single node cluster.   Yes, shut down.   for an HA pair, you could takeover/give back.    

 

Adding the shelf though I would do while it's up.  

 

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Re: Planning outage on our DR target node

thanks again Spindleninja!

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