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Overview of setting up Data ONTAP to use array LUNs

You should complete basic setup of the cluster to work with native disks before setting up the cluster nodes to use LUNs on storage arrays. The storage array administrator must present the array LUNs to Data ONTAP and configure the required storage array parameters before you can configure the nodes to use the array LUNs.

Note: Storage array administrators can prepare storage for Data ONTAP any time before you assign the array LUNs to nodes running Data ONTAP.
Setup task Who typically performs the task Where to find information
1. Configure a cluster, join nodes to it, and verify basic setup. Data ONTAP administrator Clustered Data ONTAP Software Setup Guide
2. Set up Data ONTAP features and test them. Data ONTAP administrator Various Data ONTAP guides
3. Create LUNs and make them available to Data ONTAP. Storage array administrator or vendor FlexArray Virtualization Installation Requirements and Reference Guide (Data ONTAP guidelines and requirements)

Storage array documentation (how to create LUNs and make them available to hosts)

4. Configure parameters on the storage array so that it can work with Data ONTAP. Storage array administrator or vendor FlexArray Virtualization Implementation Guide for Third-Party Storage (for storage array parameters that must be set to work with Data ONTAP)
5. Connect the nodes to the storage array. Data ONTAP administrator FlexArray Virtualization Installation Requirements and Reference Guide (for connection procedures)
6. Install the license for accessing LUNs on storage arrays, if it has not yet been installed. The license must be installed on every storage system running Data ONTAP with which you want to use array LUNs. Data ONTAP administrator Clustered Data ONTAP Physical Storage Management Guide

Clustered Data ONTAP System Administration Guide for Cluster Administrators

7. Verify that there are no errors that would prevent the nodes from using the array LUNs, and that the configuration is set up as intended. Data ONTAP administrator and the storage array administrator or vendor FlexArray Virtualization Installation Requirements and Reference Guide
8. Assign ownership of array LUNs to specific nodes. Data ONTAP administrator Clustered Data ONTAP Physical Storage Management Guide
9. Create additional aggregates and assign additional LUNs to nodes as needed. Data ONTAP administrator Clustered Data ONTAP Physical Storage Management Guide

See the FlexArray Virtualization Installation Requirements and Reference Guide for general requirements for setting up storage arrays to work with Data ONTAP and the FlexArray Virtualization Implementation Guide for Third-Party Storage for required storage array-specific parameters to work with Data ONTAP.