Data Center and Virtualization Configuring and Monitoring NetApp E-Series and EF-Series Storage Systems

Configuring and Monitoring NetApp E-Series and EF-Series Storage Systems


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  • Language: English

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In this course, you learn how to configure a new E-Series or EF-Series storage system and establish connectivity with a SAN. You use the SANtricity® storage management software and CLI to manage the E-Series and EF-Series controllers. You also use SANtricity storage management software features to restore data. Additionally, you learn how to support and monitor E-Series and EF-Series storage systems by performing various troubleshooting tasks, such as evaluating support data and using the built-in tools to identify storage system errors.

Who should attend

This course is designed for Professional Services workers who are NetApp employees, NetApp partners, or NetApp customers.


Course Objectives

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

  • Identify E-Series and EF-Series product hardware
  • Cable and connect E-Series or EF-Series systems to a fabric
  • Install the SANtricity client on a storage management station
  • Configure an E-Series or EF-Series storage system
  • Create usable storage space on an E-Series or EF-Series storage system
  • Evaluate customers’ needs and suggest storage configurations that meet those needs
  • Use SANtricity features to restore lost data
  • Check E-Series or EF-Series storage system status
  • Upgrade and maintain SANtricity and E-Series or EF-Series code levels
  • Use the AutoSupport feature
  • View and use support data that provides information about E-Series or EF-Series storage systems
  • Diagnose management connection issues
  • Resolve storage system host-side issues
  • Resolve drive failures
  • Use SANtricity tools to service E-Series or EF-Series storage systems

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Topics Covered

Detailed Course Outline

Module 1: E-Series and EF-Series Product Lines

  • Describe the features of the E-Series and EF-Series storage product lines
  • Identify and describe the components of the controllers and disk shelves
  • Interpret the LED indicators

Module 2: Hardware Installation and Cabling

  • List the basic steps for installing storage system hardware
  • Explain the purpose of shelf IDs
  • Describe proper disk-side and host-side cabling techniques
  • Explain procedures for cabling controller and disk shelves
  • Zone a SAN for redundant access to storage system controllers

Module 3: Storage Management Software

  • Install NetApp SANtricity Storage Manager on a Windows or Linux management and data host
  • Identify the components of the SANtricity operating system
  • Use the SANtricity Storage Manager interface to access and control E-Series or EF-Series storage systems

Module 4: Logical Configuration

  • Create logical configurations from physical disks
  • Modify logical configuration settings
  • Map a volume to an individual host or host group
  • Use storage-based partitions to control LUN assignment and volume visibility

Module 5: Monitoring and Troubleshooting the Storage System

  • Troubleshoot storage system issues
  • Check the system status
  • Use logs and storage system tools to identify system issues
  • Resolve storage system issues

Module 6: Cache

  • Set caching options on the storage system
  • Choose caching options to maximize performance and efficiency
  • Manage the cache battery
  • Configure solid-state drive (SSD) read cache

Module 7: Disaster Recovery with Storage Management Software Features

  • Differentiate among the SANtricity Snapshot, Volume Copy, and Remote Volume Mirroring features
  • List the benefits of the Snapshot feature
  • List the benefits of the Volume Copy feature
  • Describe the functionality of remote mirroring modes
  • Use SANtricity features in backup and disaster recovery scenarios

Module 8: Upgrading Storage System Firmware

  • Identify the internal code that operates and controls the storage system
  • Upgrade code and maintain proper levels of code on the storage system

Module 9: Management Connections

  • Diagnose communication issues that involve the management connection
  • Define SYMbol and explain SYMbol commands
  • Explain operation error conditions for managing storage systems

Module 10: Host-Side and Controller Operation Troubleshooting

  • Describe how controllers process data I/O
  • Explain normal controller startup
  • Distinguish between foreign and native controllers
  • Describe controller states

Module 11: Host-Side Multipath Failover

  • Describe multipath failover drivers
  • Set the appropriate multipath failover driver for your I/O host
  • Determine the status of a multipath failover driver
  • Troubleshoot issues with multipath failover

Module 12: Drive-Side Operation

  • Describe the drive-side I/O communication path
  • Describe disk states and hot-spare functionality
  • Analyze the drive-channel communication architecture
  • Explain operational and error conditions that occur for drive-side cabling
  • Describe predictive failure analysis (PFA)


  • Identify hardware components
  • Identify controller ports
  • Identify E-Series and EF-Series LED indicators
  • Install E-Series and EF-Series shelves
  • Identify cabling best practices
  • Diagram proper zones
  • Describe the behavior of seven-segment LEDs
  • Install SANtricity software
  • Create the storage management domain and explore the enterprise management window
  • Explore the script editor and SMCLI
  • Explore the array management window
  • Configure controller IP addresses for the out-of-band management
  • Create a RAID 5 volume group
  • Create a volume in a volume group
  • Assign a Hot Spare disk
  • Create a disk pool
  • Create a volume in a disk pool
  • Create a thin-provisioned volume in a disk pool
  • Change a volume
  • Change a disk pool
  • Delete a volume
  • Define a host
  • Create a host group and partitions
  • Investigate the AutoSupport feature
  • Configure Alerts
  • Save support data
  • Save and view an event log file
  • Use the recovery guru
  • Use the onboard backup of the configuration database for disaster recovery
  • Examine the storage system configuration and profile
  • Use the CLI to evaluate the storage system
  • Prepare a volume on a Windows server to receive data
  • Prepare a volume on a Linux to receive data
  • Test I/O performance based on cache settings
  • Test I/O performance based on cache block size
  • Recommend volume settings
  • Work with SnapShot images for data backup and recovery
  • Create and access a volume copy
  • Activate asynchronous remote mirroring and create a mirrored pair
  • Access mirrored data on a remote storage system
  • Use the SnapShot feature with mirror volumes
  • Save storage system recovery information
  • Update controller firmware and NVSRAM for a storage system
  • Update disk shelf ESM Firmware
  • Use storage management software to review management connection details
  • Use the storage system profile to review management connection details
  • Create in-band and out-of-band connections
  • Restart the monitoring agent
  • Check the network response
  • Save, remove, and recover connection files
  • Delete and restore the access volume
  • Connect to the controller shell
  • Set a controller in service mode
  • Take a controller offline
  • Reset a controller
  • View cache attributes
  • View battery attributes
  • Examine storage and host multipath configurations
  • Debug a single-fault multipath scenario
  • Debug a double-fault multipath scenario
  • Locate disk properties from the management interface
  • Locate disk and drive channel properties in the storage system profile
  • Recover from a single-dish failure (online volumes)
  • Recover from a multiple-dish failure
  • Check the cable connections report
  • Investigate support data


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