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Installing the Data ONTAP system

After the storage administrator makes storage available to Data ONTAP, you are ready to install the Data ONTAP system.


  1. Power on the Data ONTAP system and interrupt the boot process by pressing Ctrl-C when you see the following message on the console:
    Starting Press CTRL-C for special boot menu
  2. Select “Maintenance mode boot” on the menu.
    Do not proceed any further with installation and setup at this time.
  3. Check the settings of the HBAs on the system to ensure that they are configured as initiators.
    1. Determine which ports are configured as target ports: fcadmin config
    2. Configure the required ports as initiator ports: fcadmin config -t initiator port#
  4. Install the Fibre Channel cables connecting the system to switches and switches to the storage array.