NetApp Simulator 9 Free eBook – Build a Free NetApp ONTAP 9 Lab!

Download your NetApp simulator complete lab build guide here.

Updated in June 2017 for NetApp simulator 9.1 and latest host software and VyOS router versions.

I’ve produced a ‘How to Build a NetApp ONTAP Lab… For Free’ eBook which I’d love to share with you. In it I provide complete step-by-step instructions, with screenshots, about how to build a fully ready and complete NetApp simulator lab from scratch, using NetApp’s latest operating system ONTAP 9.


Step by step instructions on how to build a complete NetApp lab, all on your laptop for free.

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NetApp Simulator 9 Free eBook – How to Build Your Own NetApp Lab with ONTAP 9

The book details where to find all the software for free, how to build the NetApp simulators, the Windows and Linux clients, the VMware setup and how to configure the networking.

The lab features two NetApp simulator ONTAP 9 clusters, Windows and Linux clients and separate IP subnets to make it as close to a real world environment as possible.

You’ll have the entire lab up and running in an hour, and you won’t need to figure anything out along the way because I show you everything.

You can build the lab at no cost, all you need is a PC to run it on. I really hope you can make use of it to expand your storage knowledge and further your career.

The lab build outlined in the book is the same one I use for the hands-on demonstrations in my videos. You can use the instructions in the free eBook to build your own lab and follow along with me as you watch.

Almost all NetApp features can be practised and tested using the lab. You can use it as a NetApp training study tool or for testing features before deploying them in your production environment.

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If you know anybody else who would like the NetApp simulator lab eBook, please spread the love and send them over here to rather than sharing it directly yourself. Thanks!

  • Introduction
  • Lab Topology Diagram
  • Lab Topology Notes
  • IP Addressing Tables
  • Lab Notes
  • VMware Workstation Player Install
  • VyOS Router Build
  • NetApp Simulator Build
  • Windows Server Build
  • Linux Build
  • SuperPutty Install

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Comments (42)

  • Pete Springfield | December 2, 2016 | Reply

    I’ve used your guide to great effect to create a lab environment. In the past I have created very simple virtual network environments using VMware Fusion to host older version of the NetApp simulator and Windows hosts.

    You guide provides an extremely useful cookbook to help me develop more sophisticated lab environments. Thanks for your efforts and generosity in publishing this.

    Kindest Regards,
    Pete Springfield

    • Neil Anderson | December 2, 2016 | Reply

      Thanks Pete!

      • ABE Shoubaki | May 10, 2017 | Reply

        Hi Neil,
        I am using the guide and I found it to be very useful. I am just to busy to complete it, but it is very helpful. Thank you for this, it helps a lot.
        Great work

    • Sairam | July 27, 2017 | Reply

      Nice boox

  • zhiming li | May 8, 2017 | Reply

    Great, i think this guide is very helpful for guys who are want to learn about Netapp.
    I did 7-Mode and Cluster-Mode on my personal pc and no need to connect VPN for use resources from company’s Lab.(vpn is really slow).
    Thanks, Neil. i am looking forward more shares.

  • Paul | May 8, 2017 | Reply

    Quality content in this guide that is easy to understand and follow. Thank you for all of the time and effort you have put into your material!

  • Martijn Moret | May 8, 2017 | Reply

    Hi, as a NetApp United member and NCDA I use this guide to set-up lab and demo environments. A great resource to setup the simulator!

  • Robert | May 8, 2017 | Reply

    Very helpful. Guide leads me to build my own testlab. With vmware Workstation it was quite simple with using your guide.
    Tanks a Lot Neil. Gerat Experience.

  • Lance | May 8, 2017 | Reply

    Neil’s course has been an invaluable tool when I needed to “refresh” my NetApp knowledge. The simulator lab takes advantage of advanced networking techniques using a virtual network operating system to provide a more real world environment. In this fashion you will learn how to implement a true data center infrastructure with a clear separation of management and production networks. Any one with a moderate IT background can build this lab. My lab is a modest white box computer with 32GB of memory using an AMD Phenom-528 for a CPU. A low cost hardware training platform that can easily handle the multiple VM’s that make up Neil’s NCDA training solution. I would strongly recommend using his guide to learn how to build out your own OnTap simulator.

  • Anthony Ankrah | May 8, 2017 | Reply

    Good content in your guide , it’s easy to understand and it would help a lot of beginners to have hands on feel of the net app interface. Thanks for your great work even with the tutorial’s it been of great help to me.

  • Recep YUKSEL | May 8, 2017 | Reply

    Very good publishing, a very nice and valuable share, Thank you very much.
    We will continue to follow you.

  • Georg Berghammer | May 9, 2017 | Reply

    Neil’s course is excellent. It is also very useful to learn more about VMware Player Environments.

  • Paul Young | May 12, 2017 | Reply

    The How to Build a Netapp Ontap LAB guide was easy to follow even for first timer dealing with NetApp. Also, Very good resources guide for how to get other free soft wares to build the LAB. Thanks Neal.

  • Byron Picado | May 16, 2017 | Reply

    I am a Netapp Technical Support Engineer and I can say this is the best guide you can find in the web in concerns of building a Netapp lab for free, take advantage of this

  • Paul Akengo | May 16, 2017 | Reply

    I agree with Byron Picado. The lab is great, second to none on netapp. It is a good must have hands on tool for sharpening netapp skills. I am enjoying every bit of it and would not hesitate to recommend to anybody intending to pursue Natapp training or career.

  • Eli Deck | May 26, 2017 | Reply

    Awesome work, Neil. thanks for all the time and effort coordinating such a nice lab and various courses. This helped a lot. Keep up with the good work pal!!

  • Mark Filer | May 27, 2017 | Reply

    It’s the greatest. I set it up on Player very smoothly. I’m going to try it on Esxi soon. I’ve seen NA material and this is as good or better. Thanks for putting in so much work on this!

    • Conwyn | May 28, 2017 | Reply

      Hi Mark
      Unfortunately my laptop network card does not support ESXi so I ran ESXi 6.5 under VMPlayer 12 Originally I ran with a 8MB and it was slow but I have now increased it to 16GB. NetApp version 8 can run in 3GB if you adjust the boot parameters. ESXi will identify common storage so allows instances than VMPlayer. The problem I had was the new 6.5 ESXi web interface does not support compressed OVA and so I had to use the ESXi CLI to create the VMs. I also used the solarwinds ESXi monitor to display the VM. Other than those consideration you can follow Neil’s excellent guide to create the lab. I forwarded my notes to Neil if you require them.
      Regards Conwyn

  • Andri | May 27, 2017 | Reply

    Very helpfull

  • AndyP | May 27, 2017 | Reply

    I downloaded this guide as I wanted to see how real the simulator was. The guide made this task really easy to achieve, I was up and running in minutes.
    I can recommend both the Netapp simulator and this guide. A great tool for learning for new and experienced administrators.

  • Arnold Romeijn | June 4, 2017 | Reply

    I have been using the NetApp simulators regularly the past 10 years but this guide is still very useful to me. Great stuff.

  • Peter M | June 8, 2017 | Reply

    This guide was more than I expected. Knowing how hard it is to find materials related to storage setups. Thumbs up. Good stuff…cheers and thanks…

  • marc | June 10, 2017 | Reply

    Awesome book just what i need to understand the new piece of equipment we got at work now i can learn from home!!!!

  • Gerard | June 11, 2017 | Reply

    Thanks a lot,
    you invested time to give others a simple manual to set the NetApp simulator
    Kind Regards Gerard

  • kese | June 14, 2017 | Reply

    Great work, Neil. thanks for all the time and effort coordinating such a nice lab and various courses. This helped a lot. Keep up with the good work! many thanks for your effort.

  • Sebastien | June 30, 2017 | Reply

    Thank you very much Neil for all the work you do, especially concerning this book 🙂 Keep going so you are actually helping a lot of people 😀

  • Michel oudt | July 2, 2017 | Reply

    Great resource for studying netapp, thx a lot Neil, for creating the best guide around!!

  • Mohan | July 5, 2017 | Reply

    Thank you Neil its great lab you put together, It benefited me practicing netapp keep it going. emc san products lab if you can develop will be a great help also.

  • Sandeep N | July 6, 2017 | Reply

    I am using the guide and I found it to be very useful.

  • William | July 6, 2017 | Reply

    Thanks for all the hard work that went into creating the free simulator, I also purchased the ontap cluster data storage course and now I don’t have to worry about learning on a production system. makes life a little simpler for me.

  • Tan | July 13, 2017 | Reply

    Very useful guide. Thanks.

  • Ivan | July 14, 2017 | Reply

    Hi Neil thanks for the update on the new guide! I’ve used the last guide before this and works perfectly. Great job!

  • Anthony Ankrah | July 18, 2017 | Reply

    More grease to your elbow. Really appreciate your book and tutorials . I continue to learn more and more each day.

  • Ali Parsfar | July 18, 2017 | Reply

    It’s awesome! Fully Detailed, Professional and Technical, and easy to follow and understand. I 100% recommend it for anyone who likes to learn this technology. Thanks Neil for all your efforts to make a perfection.

  • Darrel Cook | July 20, 2017 | Reply

    This is a great resource for learning NetApp. Neal has a great ability to teach the concepts in a easy and well thought out way. Thanks Neal for all your hard work and dedication for the IT field.

  • Sakthivel | July 25, 2017 | Reply

    Yes… It is very useful… Thanks for your help..

  • Hariom | July 28, 2017 | Reply

    Hi Neil,
    The lab is great, second to none on netapp. It is a good must have hands on tool for sharpening netapp skills. I am enjoying every bit of it and would not hesitate to recommend to anybody intending to pursue Natapp training or career.
    Thanks for sharing wonderful learning path….

  • | August 1, 2017 | Reply

    Dear Neil
    Excellent guide best I have seen, I have also attended the official netapp courses. Highly recommendable. Must have for everyone training or freshening Netapp Know how. Would be interested in any work on 2016 server storage spaces direct.
    Thanks for the hard work in preparing and sharing this guide.

  • Everett S | August 2, 2017 | Reply

    This course was very helpful in helping me distinguish between SAN / NAS storage. I would highly recommend it to everyone. Thanks.

  • Charles Fox | August 3, 2017 | Reply

    Building a custom rig to run this. 64MB memory on an HP ML30 with scads of cheap SSD’s
    I need a ‘complex’ ontap device so I can run Netapps OnCommand Insight manager – Very cool

  • TT | August 8, 2017 | Reply

    These courses have helped me so much, you explain things in such a clear way. And thank you for all the great extra content and materials! You’re the best man!

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