Implementation overview for a MetroCluster configuration with array LUNs

Implementing a MetroCluster configuration to use LUNs from storage arrays requires planning the implementation, installing hardware, connecting multiple devices, configuring Data ONTAP, and testing the MetroCluster configuration to ensure that it is operating correctly.

The following tasks must be completed, in the order shown, to set up a MetroCluster configuration to work with storage arrays. Storage array configuration is performed by the storage array administrator or the storage array vendor. Zoning is often performed by a switch administrator.

  1. Planning your MetroCluster implementation.
  2. Setting up the storage array to present array LUNs to Data ONTAP and configuring the parameters that Data ONTAP requires for a storage array to work with Data ONTAP.
  3. Installing the FC-VI adapter on each Data ONTAP system, if it is not installed already.
    Note: New Data ONTAP systems that are ordered for a MetroCluster configuration are shipped with the correct FC-VI adapter. If you are configuring a MetroCluster configuration with existing Data ONTAP systems, you might need to install a new adapter or move an existing adapter to another slot. The Hardware Universe at contains information about the required FC-VI adapter for your platform and the slot to install it in.
  4. Connecting the local Data ONTAP system to the fabric.
  5. Connecting the remote Data ONTAP system to the fabric.
  6. Connecting the switched fabric.
  7. Connecting the storage array to the fabric.
  8. Configuring zoning.
  9. Assigning array LUNs to specific Data ONTAP systems.
  10. Configuring Data ONTAP features.
  11. Testing the MetroCluster configuration.