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Slots and serial ports of a storage system

The storage system has slots for external connections and serial ports for a console and diagnostic hardware.

The following table describes the slots and serial ports of a storage system.

Component Description
slots The storage system contains expansion slots for the following host adapters:
  • Network interface cards (NICs)
  • Adapters for the disk shelf or tape drive
  • Flash Cache family of modules and Performance Acceleration Modules (PAM)
  • Nonvolatile memory adapters
serial ports The serial ports include the following:
  • The console port, which connects the storage system to a serial terminal that you can use as a console
  • The port for remote management or diagnostics, which can be used for Data ONTAP management activities or connects diagnostic equipment, such as the environmental monitor unit (EMU) of a storage shelf

For information about how to configure host adapters for your storage system, see the Hardware Universe (formerly the System Configuration Guide) at