MCCIIW – ONTAP MetroCluster Installation


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MCCIIW – ONTAP MetroCluster Installation
2 days  (Instructor Led Online)  |  Data Protection/Administration

Course Details

The ONTAP MetroCluster Installation (MCCIIW) course is a two-day instructor-led training. In this advanced course, you learn how to install, configure and administer a MetroCluster environment. Hands-on labs, available in the ONTAP 9 environment, allow you to practice setting up the configuration, identify component failures and practice recovery steps.

MetroCluster software is a unique high-availability and disaster-recovery solution.


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By the end of the ONTAP MetroCluster Installation course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the major architectural components of a MetroCluster environment in ONTAP 9
  • Cable nodes, back-end FC switches and FibreBridge devices
  • Set up bridges and back-end FC switches
  • Configure the clusters at both sites in a MetroCluster environment
  • Set up a MetroCluster configuration and serve data to clients
  • Detect and recover from failures in a MetroCluster environment
  • Install and configure Tiebreaker software


Module 1: MetroCluster Overview

  • MetroCluster Introduction
    • Define MetroCluster
    • Describe MetroCluster Architecture
    • Configuration Replication Service (CRS)
    • Limitations
  • MetroCluster supported configuration
    • Controllers
    • Shelves
    • Switches and ISL configuration
    • FAS8020, FAS8040, FAS8060 and FAS8080EX
    • FlexArray virtualization support
  • MetroCluster implementation overview
    • Setup
    • MetroCluster configuration tools and documentation
    • Hardware
    • Materials
    • Technical content

Module 2: MetroCluster Cabling

  • Disk requirements
  • Plex SyncMirror overview
  • Shelf IDs
  • Cabinet Layout
  • LUN layout with FlexArray storage virtualization software
  • ATTO FibreBridge
  • Cabling Shelves to Bridges
  • Cabling Bridges to FC switches
  • Controller Cabling
    • Cluster Interconnect
    • FC-VI Interconnect
    • Onboard ports or HBAs
    • CRS
    • Management and data LIFs
  • FC switch cabling
  • Switch alternatives
    • Brocade 6505 and 6510
    • Cisco 9148

Module 3: Bridge and Switch Configuration

  • ATTO FibreBridge configuration
  • Brocade FC switch configuration
  • FC switches
    • Configuration
    • RCF domains
    • RCF ports and zone settings
  • Brocade ISL configuration
    • Calculating and setting the distance
    • Verifying
    • OOD configuration – ONTAP 9 and later

Module 4: Cluster Configuration

  • Controller configuration
    • Setup
    • Disk ownership
    • FlexArray storage virtualization software
  • Cluster setup

Module 5: MetroCluster Configuration

  • MetroCluster setup
    • Prerequisites
    • Peer relationship
    • Mirror aggregates
    • Create mirrored data aggregates
    • Enable configuration replication
    • MetroCluster configure command
  • MetroCluster verification
    • Disk ownership fields
    • Monitor FC switches
    • Monitor FibreBridge devices
    • Cluster status
    • MetroCluster plug-in
  • CLI health monitoring
    • Node verification
    • Components
    • CRS component
    • Interconnect mirror
  • OnCommand unified manager
    • Connectivity monitoring
    • Replication monitoring
    • Events and alerts
  • SVM configuration in a MetroCluster environment
    • Setup
    • CLI
    • Automatic creation

Module 6: Failure Scenarios

  • Failures:
    • Bridge
    • Switch or switch port
    • Single path
    • Shelf
    • CRS
    • ISL
    • Single HA node
    • Double HA node
    • Data Center site
  • Switchover types
    • Simulation
    • Negotiated switchover
    • Non-negotiated switchover
    • Switchover operation
    • Switchback
  • Switchback process

Module 7:Tiebreaker Configuration

  • Tiebreaker software
  • Disaster Detection
  • Normal operation
  • Tiebreaker installation
    • Service operations
    • Configuration
    • Commands
    • Monitor creation
    • AutoSupport
    • SNMP

Appendix A: Advanced Administration

Appendix B: Basic Metrocluster Troubleshooting

Appendix C: Front-End FC Fabrics in MetroCluster


  • Identify the exercise environment
  • Identify a supported configuration in the IMT
  • Inspect the environment
  • Log into the exercise environment
  • Power off the controller
  • Cable SAS shelf connections
  • Cable ATTO connections
  • Cable controller FC connections
  • Cable FC-VI connections
  • Cable the switchless cluster interconnect
  • Cable cluster peering connections
  • Cable ISL between Site A FC switches and Site B FC switches
  • Assign shelf IDs
  • Use the UI to verify bridge configuration
  • Update firmware on a bridge (optional)
  • Use the CLI to verify bridge configuration
  • Download the reference configuration file for a fabric switch
  • Use the CLI to verify an FC switch configuration
  • Reconfigure an FC switch
  • Verify the ISL connections
  • Verify the required ONTAP configuration in maintenance mode
  • Set up a cluster
  • Join the second node to the cluster
  • Synchronize the system time for windows domain
  • Configure network and storage objects
  • Mirror the root aggregate and create data aggregates
  • Configure MetroCluster health monitoring
  • Enable the MetroCluster software
  • Use the CLI to verify MetroCluster environment
  • Create unmirrored aggregates
  • Use config advisor to verify MetroCluster environment
  • Set up OnCommand unified manager to monitor a MetroCluster environment
  • Create an SVM for client protocols in a MetroCluster environment
  • Use an unmirrored aggregate in a MetroCluster environment
  • Use OnCommand unified manager to verify a MetroCluster environment
  • Start Iometer traffic to a LUN
  • Detect the loss of a node by performing a storage failover and giveback
  • Detect the loss of cluster-replication service connections
  • Detect the loss of ISL connections
  • Detect the loss of a bridge connection
  • Perform a negotiated cluster switchover
  • Perform takeover and giveback during a switchover
  • Perform a switchback of a negotiated cluster switchover
  • Perform a non-negotiated cluster switchover
  • Perform a switchback of a non-negotiated switchover
  • Observe the loss of a site and an automatic switchover
  • Perform a switchback of an automatic switchover
  • Install the Tiebreaker software
  • Configure Tiebreaker for a DR group in a MetroCluster environment
  • Simulate a disaster to test Tiebreaker
  • Observe how Tiebreaker initiates a switchover
  • Perform a switchback and use Tiebreaker to monitor the process

Target Audience

  • NetApp customers
  • Partners
  • Employees


Before attending this ONTAP MetroCluster Installation course, delegates should have attended the ONTAP 9 Cluster Administration and Data Protection (CDOTDP9) course.

Alternatively, they could have attended the ONTAP 9 Cluster Administration (ONTAP9ADM) and ONTAP 9 Data Protection Administration (DATAPROT9) courses individually.

In addition, it would be useful for the delegate to have basic SAN knowledge.