Setup NetApp ONTAP 9.1 Simulator (Join Cluster)

In previous post, I show how to setup NetApp ONTAP 9.1 Cluster. Now, we will create another VM and join it to the cluster. Lets begin…

Open the VMware Workstation.

Click File > Open and browse the NetApp ONTAP 9.1 Simulator.

I add extra “02” at virtual machine name. This is to differentiate the simulator that I already created before this.

Click Import and wait until it complete.

I do some changes at VM where I set all the Network Adapter to Host-only. By default they are two Network Adapters set to Host-only and the other two set to NAT.

Let power up the VM.

The VM will boot up the NetApp ONTAP 9.1 Simulator.

Press spacebar to enter VLOADER.

At this section, we need to change the hardcode Serial Number and System ID.

Enter below command.

VLOADER> setenv SYS_SERIAL_NUM 4034389-06-2

VLOADER> setenv bootarg.nvram.sysid 4034389062

Verify that the information was saved correctly:


VLOADER> printenv bootarg.nvram.sysid

Enter the boot command to boot the node:


The simulator begins the boot process with the new system ID and serial number.

Press Ctrl+C to access the boot menu.

Press 4 to perform clean configuration and initialize all disks. This process only perform the first time setup.

Type yes to zero disks, reset config and install a new file system.

Type yes to erase all the data on the disks.

Wait until the rebooting process complete.

Below show the system initialization has completed successfully. Type yes to confirm and continue.

Press enter to set e0c as node management interface port.

Enter the IP Address, Netmask and Gateway.

Press enter to continue.

Type join to join the existing cluster.

Type yes to use default setting.


Press enter join the finding cluster.

Now the new node already success joined to cluster.

To verify the cluster , use this command cluster show .

Now we can see two nodes under single cluster.

Last but not least, we need to assign disk for the new node. use this command  storage disk assign –all true –node <node name> .

Below show the all the disk assigned to node02.

Below show the all the disk assigned to node01.

Great, the setup is completed. Lets access the cluster from the web browser using cluster management interface ip address.

Below show the login web UI to access the cluster. Enter the username as “admin” and password that have been set before this.



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