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CDOTMC – ONTAP 9 Administration and MetroCluster Installation


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5 Days Course
Data Protection/Administration

Classroom + Online

Course Details


This 5 day course comprises of 2 parts, with the first part focussing on Clustered Data ONTAP Administration followed by 2 days looking at MetroCluster Installation. The first 3 days use lecture and hands-on exercises to teach basic administration of clustered Data ONTAP®. In this part of the course, you will configure and manage a Data ONTAP cluster. You will practice working with Data ONTAP features and managing your storage systems with the CLI and UI interfaces. This course also discusses network management fundamentals, basic protocols that are used to access your data, and how to protect, manage, and monitor your clustered storage environment.


Become proficient with Data ONTAP Snapshot® and familiar with SnapRestore®, SnapMirror®, SnapVault®,, and NDMP technologies used to replicate and restore mission-critical data in the enterprise. Backup and restore operations are taught using the NetApp storage system command line and OnCommand System Manager. Data ONTAP 7-Mode administrators will benefit from comparisons to earlier Data ONTAP versions to help them master the basics of clustered Data ONTAP. MetroCluster software is a unique high-availability and disaster-recovery solution. In the second part of this course, you learn how to cable and set up a MetroCluster environment. Using active, participatory exercises, you practice the configuration and verification steps. You also learn to identify component failures and practice recovery steps


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe how ONTAP 9 fits into NetApp’s Cloud and Data Fabric strategy
  • Identify supported ONTAP platforms
  • Define ONTAP cluster components
  • Create a cluster
  • Manage ONTAP administrators
  • Configure and manage storage resources
  • Configure and manage networking resources
  • Describe a Storage Virtual Machine’s (SVM’s) role in NetApp’s storage architecture
  • Create and configure an SVM
  • Create and manage FlexVols
  • Implement storage efficiency features
  • Create protocol servers within an SVM
  • Upgrade and revert ONTAP patches and releases
  • Describe the levels on which ONTAP protects data
  • Describe the major architectural components of a MetroCluster environment in ONTAP 9
  • Cable nodes, back-end FC switches and FibreBridge devices
  • Set up bridges and back-end FC switches
  • Configure the clusters at both sites in a MetroCluster environment
  • Set up a MetroCluster configuration and serve data to clients
  • Detect and recover from failures in a MetroCluster environment
  • Install and configure Tiebreaker software


From the ONTAP 9 Administration course:

  • Module 1: Introducing ONTAP 9
  • Module 2: The Cluster: Concepts and Initial Set Up
  • Module 3: The Cluster: Management
  • Module 4: ONTAP Storage Architecture
  • Module 5: Networking
  • Module 6: Data Protocols
  • Module 7: Maintenance
  • Module 8: Data Protection

From the MetroCluster Installation course:

Module 1: MetroCluster Overview

  • MetroCluster Introduction
  • Define MetroCluster
  • Describe MetroCluster Architecture
  • Configuration Replication Service (CRS)
  • Limitations
  • MetroCluster supported configuration
  • Controllers
  • Shelves
  • Switches and ISL configuration
  • FAS8020, FAS8040, FAS8060 and FAS8080EX
  • FlexArray virtualization support
  • MetroCluster implementation overview
  • Setup
  • MetroCluster configuration tools and documentation
  • Hardware
  • Materials
  • Technical content

Module 2: MetroCluster Cabling

  • Disk requirements
  • Plex SyncMirror overview
  • Shelf IDs
  • Cabinet Layout
  • LUN layout with FlexArray storage virtualization software
  • ATTO FibreBridge
  • Cabling Shelves to Bridges
  • Cabling Bridges to FC switches
  • Controller Cabling
  • Cluster Interconnect
  • FC-VI Interconnect
  • Onboard ports or HBAs
  • CRS
  • Management and data LIFs
  • FC switch cabling
  • Switch alternatives
  • Brocade 6505 and 6510
  • Cisco 9148

Module 3: Bridge and Switch Configuration

  • ATTO FibreBridge configuration
  • Brocade FC switch configuration
  • FC switches
  • Configuration
  • RCF domains
  • RCF ports and zone settings
  • Brocade ISL configuration
  • Calculating and setting distance
  • Verifying
  • OOD configuration – ONTAP 9 and later

Module 4: Cluster Configuration

  • Controller configuration
  • Setup
  • Disk ownership
  • FlexArray storage virtualization software
  • Cluster setup

Module 5: MetroCluster Configuration

  • MetroCluster setup
  • Prerequisites
  • Peer relationship
  • Mirror aggregates
  • Create mirrored data aggregates
  • Enable configuration replication
  • MetroCluster configure command
  • MetroCluster verification
  • Disk ownership fields
  • Monitor FC switches
  • Monitor FibreBridge devices
  • Cluster status
  • MetroCluster plug-in
  • CLI health monitoring
  • Node verification
  • Components
  • CRS component
  • Interconnect mirror
  • OnCommand unified manager
  • Connectivity monitoring
  • Replication monitoring
  • Events and alerts
  • SVM configuration in a MetroCluster environment
  • Setup
  • CLI
  • Automatic creation

Module 6: Failure Scenarios

  • Failures:
  • Bridge
  • Switch or switch port
  • Single path
  • Shelf
  • CRS
  • ISL
  • Single HA node
  • Double HA node
  • Data center site
  • Switchover types
  • Simulation
  • Negotiated switchover
  • Non-negotiated switchover
  • Switchover operation
  • Switchback
  • Switchback process

Module 7:Tiebreaker Configuration

  • Tiebreaker software
  • Disaster Detection
  • Normal operation
  • Tiebreaker installation
  • Service operations
  • Configuration
  • Commands
  • Monitor creation
  • AutoSupport
  • SNMP
  • Appendix A: Advanced Administration
  • Appendix B: Basic Metrocluster Troubleshooting
  • Appendix C: Front-End FC Fabrics in MetroCluster

Target Audience

NetApp customers, partners, and employees


Completion of the following WBT modules:

  • ONTAP Cluster Fundamentals (WBT)
  • ONTAP NAS Fundamentals (WBT)
  • ONTAP SAN Fundamentals (WBT)