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ONTAP Install / Re-initialize

This is meant as a very quick guide to installing ONTAP onto disks that do not have an operating system already, or destroying an existing set of disks and re-installing ONTAP from scratch. Remember that this process is very destructive, any data on any disks attached to the system will be completely wiped and re-initialised. If you have disks that you want to attach to this system, but they also have data you want to keep on them, please make sure you leave them detached from the system until you have finished the disk initialisation process!

You will need a console connection to the sytem for most of the process, I’d recommend for all of it to be honest. You will have a filer head, and a shelf of disks. If this is going to be a cluster and you have software ownership enabled, then I’d first get the systems connected to their own disks and get ONTAP installed before you complete the full cluster cabling or any HA cabling.

If you just need to upgrade the installation of ONTAP, checkout [cref ontap-upgrades].

If the system does not have a base installation on the Compact Flash card already, then you will need to first NetBoot the system.

When the system boots, you will be prompted to break the boot sequence (either CTRL+C or any key), shortly after this and the system POST checks, it’ll start loading the ONTAP version that is on the Compact Flash card. At this point you will be prompted to press CTRL+C to get special boot options made available. You’ll want to be watching as you want to catch this prompt, so hit CTRL+C. When the system has finished it’s POST checks, you’ll be warned about the partner if this is / was configured as a cluster, agree to this so long as you are sure you are ready!

Now the options you have a choice of here are either 4, or 4a. 4 will re-initialise all the disks with a traditional volume (that is, vol0, the system volume, will be striped across 3 dedicated disks). 99% of the time you will want to choose option 4a and re-initialise all the disks with a new aggregate and a new FlexVol. There is very little options to supply at this point, suffice to agree that you really do want to destroy all your data and re-initialise the disks.

Once the process is complete (it will give a fair estimate on the time it will take), you will be taken through a basic NetApp setup wizard, at which point you get to setup the filer clean. One more reboot and you now have your fresh clean system ready to add disks to your aggregate and put data on. Enjoy!

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  1. Chris Holloway
    | #1

    You’ll need to re-install ONTAP when you’ve done this as well, as it doesn’t put the full version back on. The re-install is the same as doing an ONTAP upgrade.

  2. | #2

    Sorry yes, forgot to add that point even though I was thinking it as I started to write! Cheers Chris!

  3. D. Ford
    | #3

    Is it listed what ONTAP functionality is actually restored when the reload from CompactFlash is done?

    There doesn’t appear to be enough brains to run the upgrade_ontap utility so a webserver or CIF/NFS license is still required to reinstall ONTAP. Thanks in advance.

  4. | #4

    After a netboot of a system it should be fully restored. If you’ve had to blitz the disks and 4a the system, then you will need to subsequently do a full re-install afterwards. Without that, you’ll lose most functionality from the system, FilerView certainly doesn’t work, and I think things like SnapMirror also don’t work.

  5. Josh
    | #5

    If one has already done this, without any support contract on a FAS940, how could you get/download the ONTAP 7.3.4 or 7.x software?

  6. | #6

    You may be in trouble. You need the full software package from NetApp. Technically no-one else can supply this to you as you’re software support contract with NetApp entitles you to this. I’d contact your nearest NetApp account manager or even reseller to see if anything can be sorted.

  7. Aitor
    | #7

    where i can download ontap for free??

  8. Aitor
    | #8

    I have an old Netapp F87, after cleaning the system needs a complete software ONTAP and I cant get it, would have to pay for it?

  9. | #9

    Unfortauntely, to my knowledge, there is no legitimate way of getting Data ONTAP for free. NetApp supply this if you have a valid support contract, and anyone else supplying it to you would doing so without NetApp’s permission. You may be able to email NetApp and ask about getting access to the software, generally it isn’t something that is charged for as a specific product, but you are given free access to it with a valid support contract. Due to the age of your system and the age of the version of Data ONTAP, NetApp support may be able to help you out, but I’m afraid I really can’t talk on their behalf.

  10. Aitor
    | #10

    Nobody in Netapp wants to help a user of an old F87, NETAPP disappointed me :(

  11. Steve Burkett
    | #11

    Also found out that you can’t get hold of OnTap’s that were released when your Support Contract was valid, in case you didn’t download/keep them at the time. NetApp won’t help you out.

  12. | #12

    I know, this is a bit of a shock to customers with older systems that don’t necessarily need full support, but like to avoid the odd bug and keep things updated every now and then. I’d like to see NetApp make available older releases of Data ONTAP without support contracts, but I’m not sure how realistic that is.

    I’d definitely recommend people have an archived copy of Data ONTAP stored somewhere for reference. When re-initialising the system this is essential and even with a support contract it’s not always easy getting older ONTAP releases if that’s what you need to run.

  13. Edu
    | #13

    Hi All,

    When I reinstall ONTAP, I get a Servelet 500 error? what does this mean?

  14. | #14

    You need to install ONTAP again, when you initialise the system you only get a base copy of ONTAP installed, this doesn’t include the FilerView. Go through a standard ONTAP upgrade process to install ONTAP in full (don’t re-initialise) then you should get over the Servelet 500 error.

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