Deploying the NetApp Edge VSA Part II


Welcome to part II of how to deploy the NetApp Edge VSA. In part I (located HERE) we covered the deployment of the OVA template and the configuration of the Data ONTAP software. In this post I am going to cover adding your VSA(s) to NetApp’s web interface management utility, NetApp OnCommand System Manager. From there we will add the licenses you should have received from NetApp to enable additional functionality. Finally we will end with setting up an iSCSI iniator group and configuring our first LUN.

As mentioned in the first post, I am working towards setting up VMware SRM in my lab and leveraging array replication for testing. These first two posts however will walk your through getting the VSA up in running in your lab for whatever testing you would like to do with NetApp Edge VSA. Part III of this series will cover the implementation of SnapMirror for LUN replication.

For this post the assumption has been made that NetApp OnCommand System Manager has been installed somewhere on your network per the instructions provided by NetApp when you downloaded the Edge VSA.


Step 1 – Launch NetApp OnCommand System Manager, from the initial screen on the ‘Home’ tab click the ‘Add’ button:


Step 2 – Enter the Host name or IP Address of the VSA system and click ‘Add’ (Make sure to add both VSA’s if you plan to use SnapMirror):


Step 3 – Select the “Primary Site” VSA and click the ‘Login’ icon in the upper left corner:


Step 4 – Enter the ‘root’ in the ‘User Name’ field and provide the ‘Password’. Click ‘Sign In’ when ready:


Step 5 – Once logged it is time to add the software licenses to activate Deduplication, iSCSI, and NFS (also add the license for SnapMirror and Flexclone if working with SRM). In the left hand pane expand the ‘System Tool’ section and select ‘Licenses’:

NOTE – You should have received an email from NetApp containing these keys.


Step 6 – In the upper left corner of the right pane click the ‘Add’ icon:


Step 7 – Type in the license key for the function you wish to activate. Click ‘Add’ when ready. Complete this step for the remaining features you wish to activate:


Step 8 – With the license keys entered, expand the ‘Protocols’ tree and select ‘iSCSI’:


Step 9 – In the right pane click the ‘Start’ icon to start the iSCSI service:


Step 10  – Now to create our first LUN. Expand the ‘Storage’ tree and select ‘LUNs’:


Step 11 – In the right pane select the ‘Initiator Groups’ tab and click the ‘Create’ icon in the upper left. Using Initiator Groups will allow us to combine multiple ESX/ESXi hosts into a group and assign that group access to the LUN’s:


Step 12 – The ‘Create Initiator Group’ dialog will be displayed. From the ‘General’ tab provide a name for the Initiator Group and be sure to select ‘VMware’ from the ‘Operating System’ drop down:


Step 13 – Click the ‘Initiator’ tab and click the ‘Add’ button in the lower left. Add each of the IQN’s (iSCSI Qualified Name) for your ESX/ESXi hosts. Click ‘Create’ when finished:


Step 14 – Click the ‘LUN Management’ tab and click ‘Create’ in the upper left. The ‘Create LUN Wizard’ will be launched:


Step 15 (Pic15) – Click ‘Next’ on the ‘Welcome to Create LUN Wizard’ dialog:


Step 16 – Provide a ‘Name’ an optional ‘Description for the LUN. Specify ‘VMware’ as the LUN ‘Type’ and choose a size and if wish to enable Thin Provisioning. Click ‘Next’ when ready:


Step 17 – You can leave the defaults and click ‘Next’ or modify the ‘Volume Name’:


Step 18 – Select the Initiator Group we created in Step 12 and click ‘Next’ (Optionally you can set the LUN ID):


Step 19 – Verify the settings are correct on the ‘LUN Summary’ screen. Click ‘Next’ to continue:


Step 20 – With the ‘Completing the Create LUN wizard’ displayed click ‘Finish’ to exit:


And from the ‘LUN Management’ tab we can see our newly create LUN:


**After configuring the VSA for the Primary Site repeat the above steps to configure the Secondary Site VSA.

With the LUN created and access provided to your ESX/ESXi hosts through vCenter scan and create a new Datastore from the presented NetApp Edge VSA LUN.

Next up is configuring SnapMirror replication so stay tuned!


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