Category: NetApp Training Videos

What is NetApp?

NetApp specializes in data storage equipment and associated management software. They sell storage systems to mainly medium and large sized organizations and service providers. Why would an organization use NetApp products? Learn about the benefits of centralized SAN and NAS storage systems.

NetApp Products

ONTAP Hardware Platforms – FAS and AFF

NetApp’s biggest selling storage systems run the ONTAP operating system. Different ONTAP platforms are available: FAS, AFF, Select, Cloud Volumes ONTAP and NetApp Private Storage.

The different platforms run on hardware or as software virtual machines, and on premises or in the cloud. They all have practically identical features and management.

ONTAP platforms support both NAS (NFS, SMB and CIFS protocols) and SAN (Fibre Channel, iSCSI, FCoE Fibre Channel over Ethernet and NVMe protocols) to give high flexibility and support multiple varied workloads.

FAS and AFF are traditional hardware storage systems which comprise of hardware controllers (the brains of the system) and disk shelves.

FAS Fabric Attached Storage platforms are hybrid storage systems meaning they support both traditional spinning disks (SATA or SAS) and SSD solid state drives. The traditional spinning disks offer large capacity at the lowest price per GB, while the SSD drives offer the highest performance. Hybrid storage systems allow you to deploy a storage system with a balance between capacity and performance.

AFF All Flash FAS systems are FAS platforms with no support for traditional spinning disks. They use the same ONTAP operating system as FAS platforms and have exactly the same features and functions, but they have been optimized under the hood for high performance flash storage (SSD disks).

NetApp ONTAP FAS and AFF systems

NetApp ONTAP FAS and AFF systems

ONTAP Select

ONTAP Select allows organizations to run ONTAP as a software virtual machine on their own hardware. This allows them to provision any server hardware as an ONTAP storage system. It is most commonly used as an affordable way to deploy integrated NetApp storage in a branch office environment.

ONTAP Cloud Options

Public cloud providers such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud all have their own basic storage services, but these services do not have the advanced features that come with ONTAP.

Cloud Volumes ONTAP is full featured ONTAP software which runs on an AWS or Azure instance. It supports CIFS (SMB), NFS and iSCSI clients, and all ONTAP features such as thin provisioning, deduplication and compression, encryption, replication, high availability etc.

NetApp Private Storage is a customer owned FAS or AFF system which is hosted in a data center with direct connectivity to the public cloud provider. This gives the customer the high performance and security of their own NetApp hardware storage system in the cloud.

Cloud Volumes Services

Cloud Volumes Services is another storage solution for public cloud. It does not have the advanced feature support of ONTAP, but it does have simple management and support encryption, snapshots, clones and synchronization.

SANtricity Hardware Platforms – E-Series and EF-Series

NetApp E and EF-Series systems provide simple, fast, reliable block storage. Client access is DAS (SAS) or SAN (Fibre Channel, iSCSI, InfiniBand or NVMeOF.) The systems evolved from the acquisition of Engenio in 2011.

EF-Series are all flash arrays, E-Series are hybrid. They run on the SANtricity operating system.

The platform offers raw storage to clients and has additional features such as snapshots and replication. The feature set is basic – it is built for low overhead and speed. SANtricity platforms can be referred to as the ‘dragster’ of the product line.

NetApp SANtricity E and EF Series

NetApp SANtricity E and EF Series

NetApp Element OS Platforms – SolidFire and NetApp HCI

SolidFire

SolidFire is a scale-out, clustered, all flash SAN (no NAS support) architecture. NetApp acquired SolidFire in 2016.

A SolidFire storage cluster comprises from 4 to 100 nodes, with each node having integrated CPU, RAM and disks. Capacity and performance can be easily scaled by adding more nodes.

The system supports many varied workloads, with snapshots, volume clones and replication.

It is designed for simple administration, orchestration and automation – administrators do not need to be storage specialists. It is well suited for multi-tenant cloud providers, VMware and OpenStack deployments.

NetApp SolidFire

NetApp SolidFire

NetApp HCI

With SolidFire, capacity and performance are pooled across the cluster. This is similar to the HCI (Hyper Converged Infrastructure) methodology, but SolidFire systems provide storage only, not compute.

NetApp HCI are scale-out pooled systems that support both storage and compute nodes.

It shares similar use cases to SolidFire and is well suited for public or private multi-tenant cloud providers, with simple administration for workload consolidation.

NetApp HCI

NetApp HCI

NetApp StorageGRID Webscale

StorageGRID Webscale is NetApp’s object storage platform, it evolved from the acquisition of Bycast in 2010.

It provides on premises object storage and can optionally integrate with cloud services such as Amazon S3.

It supports up to 120 PB of storage with up to 100 billion objects in up to 16 datacenters on premises. Nodes are installed as an E-Series based hardware appliance, VMware virtual machine or Docker container on Linux.

Versioning, WORM, deduplication and compression and at-rest and in-flight encryption are supported.

Object storage is best suited as a massively scalable store for unstructured data that’s updated infrequently.

NetApp StorageGRID WebScale

NetApp StorageGRID WebScale

Converged Infrastructure: FlexPod and NFLEX

Converged Infrastructure solutions provide best practice configurations for various workloads, using storage systems from NetApp with compute and network components from their partners.

FlexPod solutions use Cisco UCS servers, Cisco Nexus switches, and NetApp storage systems. Validated Design documents detail the hardware and software configuration. The system can be built by the customer or provided by a local NetApp partner

NFLEX solutions use Fujitsu Primergy CX servers, Extreme Networks switches, and NetApp AFF storage. NFLEX systems can be ordered from NetApp or Fujitsu.

Converged Infrastructure solutions provide best practice configurations for different workloads, so the use cases are almost anything that requires a storage system.

NetApp Converged Infrastructure: FlexPod and NFLEX

NetApp Converged Infrastructure: FlexPod and NFLEX

NetApp Training and Certification

NetApp offer various certification programs which you can take to build and validate your skills and be recognized as a NetApp storage expert. You can be NetApp certified in different exam levels, from associate to expert, on the different exam tracks.

NetApp Certification Tracks

NetApp certifications are categorized into three tracks: Data, Hybrid Cloud, and Converged Infrastructure.

NetApp Certification – Data Track

The Data Track focuses on building and proving your skills with NetApp ONTAP or SANtricity storage products.

NetApp Certification – Data Track

NetApp Certification – Hybrid Cloud Track

The Hybrid Cloud Track focuses on building and proving your skills with NetApp’s cloud based products which were discussed earlier in this blog post.

NetApp Certification – Hybrid Cloud Track

NetApp Certification – Converged Infrastructure Track

Not surprisingly, the Converged Infrastructure track focuses on building and proving your skills with converged infrastructure products which were again discussed earlier in this blog post.

NetApp Certification – Converged Infrastructure Track

NCDA NetApp Certified Data Administrator, ONTAP Certification

The NetApp NCDA (NetApp Certified Data Administrator, ONTAP) is NetApp’s most popular certification program. It is a highly recognised and in demand qualification for storage professionals.

There are no prerequisites for taking the NCDA exam, but NetApp recommends candidates to:

  • Have at least six to twelve months of field experience implementing and administering NetApp data storage solutions in multiprotocol environments.
  • Be knowledgeable in implementing HA controller configurations, SyncMirror software for rapid data recovery, or ONTAP solutions with either single- or multi-node configurations.

Many complete beginners have however studied for and passed the NCDA exam, helping them to build their careers supporting enterprise data center and cloud environments. You should have basic knowledge of how to operate a computer and use the Internet, but previous storage knowledge and experience is not required – it is covered in the exam and you will learn it during your training.

It is not required to pass the entry level NCTA NetApp Certified Technology Associate certification before taking the NCDA exam. I recommend bypassing the NCTA and going straight for the NCDA as it is a much more recognised and valuable qualification.

The NetApp Certified Data Administrator (NCDA) exam tests your proficiency in the following topics:

  • Storage Platforms
  • Core ONTAP
  • Logical Storage
  • Networking
  • SAN Solutions and Connectivity
  • NAS Solutions
  • Data Protection
  • Security
  • Performance

NetApp NCDA Certification Cost

The NCDA exam costs $150 USD. It includes 55 to 65 questions which you have 90 minutes to complete.

How to Register for and Take the NCDA Exam

The NCDA exam can either be taken in your home or office, or at Prometric Vue test centers which are located worldwide. Testing is available year round and you can take the exam at a time which is convenient for you.

If you take the exam in your home or office you will need a suitable microphone, webcam and internet connection. A proctor will monitor you over the webcam during the exam to ensure you are following test procedures.

There is very likely to be a Prometric Vue test center near your location if that is your preferred option.

Visit the Prometric Vue website to book your NCDA exam.

Here’s a short video showing the test taking process on the day of your exam:

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NetApp Certified Storage Installation Engineer, ONTAP Certification

The NetApp NCIE (NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer) is typically seen as a follow on qualification for storage professionals who have proved their ‘professional’ status by passing the NCDA exam and want to further prove their expertise with a ‘specialist’ certification.

Passing the NCDA first is a prerequisite for the ONTAP NCIE exams.

Is the NetApp NCDA worth it? The importance of the NCDA to your IT career

Yes the NCDA is worth it! It is a valued and widely recognized storage certification. But why is getting a NetApp NCDA certification important?

  • Passing the NCDA exam and getting certified proves that you are knowledgeable and you possess the skill set required of a storage professional.
  • The certification validates your knowledge and skills which assures employers. It establishes trust that you understand modern storage systems and can configure and troubleshoot them. It shows that you are capable of effectively working as a storage engineer.
  • The NCDA brings assurance not only to your employer, but to you and your teammates. It boosts your confidence in doing your job.
  • Certified employees are seen as valued assets. Proving that you can learn the knowledge to be a storage expert shows that you can easily adapt and develop new skills.
  • NCDA certification greatly increases your job opportunities. There is a much greater chance that you will get hired compared to those who don’t have certifications.
  • Getting certified can also be used as basis for promotion and salary increase.

What is the average NetApp NCDA salary?

According to glassdoor.com, the average NCDA salary in the United States is $165,812 USD.

What is the average NetApp NCDA salary?

How to Study for the NCDA Exam

I can honestly say that taking my NetApp ONTAP Storage Complete course is the best way to study for and pass the NCDA exam.

The course has the highest review ratings of any NetApp course online, with a stellar average review score of 4.7 from over 1000 public student reviews.

NetApp ONTAP Storage Complete Course Reviews

The course is suitable for both beginners and experienced storage engineers, and is the one training course you need to learn everything for the NCDA. It features:

  • Over 35 hours of HD video tutorials
  • Complete hands-on lab exercises, with GUI and CLI solution guides which double as an on-the-job configuration reference library
  • Quizzes and Study Notes in every section to prepare you for the NCDA exam

It’s an online NCDA course so you can study in your own time and your enrolment never expires. (This type of online NCDA training is often called CBT ‘Computer Based Training’ or VOD ‘Video on Demand’.)

Click here to enrol in the NetApp ONTAP Storage Complete course.

What is the NetApp Simulator?

The NetApp ONTAP Simulator is a downloadable virtual machine which can be used to add NetApp storage in a lab environment. You can install the NetApp simulator for free on your laptop, and use it to practice all the features and functions you can find in a real NetApp ONTAP storage system.

My free ‘How to Build a NetApp ONTAP Lab for Free’ PDF eBook shows you step by step how to set up a complete NetApp lab for free on your laptop. You’ll see 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 so you can get into learning NetApp straight away.

The lab build outlined in the book is the same one I use for the hands-on demonstrations in my videos, so you can follow along with me as you watch.

NetApp Training Tutorials

Flackbox.com offers NetApp training video tutorials with full text descriptions and screenshots.

If you’re studying for certification like the NetApp Certified Data Administrator or NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer NCIE exams then you’ve come to the right place.

I don’t just want to give you the book smarts though, I’m going to show you how to actually design and implement a real-world deployment using best practices.

You can find links to the NetApp training tutorials below.

NetApp LUN Space Reservation and Fractional Reserve Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, you’ll learn about thin provisioning for SAN protocols. You can thin or thick provision the LUN in the volume as well as thin or thick provisioning the volume in the aggregate. You’ll also learn about the fractional reserve, why we need it, and how it wo...

NetApp LUN Space Reclamation Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, you’ll learn about LUN space reclamation, which is a way that we can make sure that the amount of space used in our LUNs is reported correctly on the ONTAP system. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp LUN Space Reclamation Video Tutorial LU...

NetApp ONTAP Platforms Overview Tutorial – FAS, AFF, ONTAP Select and Cloud Volumes ONTAP

In this NetApp training tutorial, I’ll give you a high-level overview of the NetApp ONTAP operating system, the different platforms that it runs on, and where you would use each one. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp ONTAP Platforms Overview Video Tutorial – FAS, A...

NetApp Element OS Platform Overview Tutorial – SolidFire and NetApp HCI

In this NetApp training tutorial, I’ll give you an overview of the NetApp platforms that run on the Element operating system, namely SolidFire and NetApp HCI. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Element OS Platform Overview Video Tutorial – SolidFire and NetApp HCI S...

The NetApp Data Fabric – Overview Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, you’ll learn about the NetApp Data Fabric, which is NetApp’s vision or strategy to integrate all of their storage platforms across their portfolio with each other and also across Cloud services. Scroll down for video and text tutorials.   The NetApp...

NetApp SANtricity Platforms Overview Tutorial – E and EF Series

In this NetApp training tutorial, I’ll give you an overview of NetApp’s E and EF-Series platforms that run on the SANtricity operating system. Scroll down for the video and text tutorials.   The E-Series and EF-Series platforms provide simple, easy to manage, fast, and reliable bloc...

NetApp Cloud Storage Solutions Overview Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I’ll give you an overview of NetApp’s Public Cloud Storage offerings namely Cloud Volumes ONTAP, NetApp Private Storage, and Cloud Volumes Service. Scroll down for the video and text tutorial. NetApp Cloud Storage Solutions Overview Video Tutorial  ...

NetApp StorageGRID WebScale Overview Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I’ll give you an overview of StorageGRID Webscale which is NetApp’s object storage platform. Scroll down for video and also text tutorial. NetApp StorageGRID WebScale Overview Video Tutorial   StorageGRID Webscale provides on premises object storage...

NetApp Converged Infrastructure Overview Tutorial – FlexPod and NFLEX

In this NetApp training tutorial, I’ll give you an overview of NetApp’s converged infrastructure solutions, FlexPod, and NFLEX. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Converged Infrastructure Overview Video Tutorial The converged infrastructure solutions from NetApp giv...

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NetApp Deduplication, Compression, and Compaction Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, we will cover deduplication, compression, and compaction. These are ONTAP storage efficiency technologies that help save physical space and reduce cost. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Deduplication, Compression, and Compaction Video Tutoria...

NetApp Thin Provisioning Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, we will take a look at NetApp Thin Provisioning which makes it appear to your clients that they’ve got more storage available than the actual physical storage space that is really on their storage system. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetAp...

NetApp IPspaces Networking Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will explain the NetApp IPspaces, the fourth post in our NetApp networking video tutorial series. Links for the other videos in the series are at the bottom of the page. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp IPspaces Networking Video Tutorial Wh...

NetApp Logical Interfaces (LIFs) Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will explain the NetApp Logical Interfaces(LIFs), the third post in our NetApp networking video tutorial series. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Logical Interfaces (LIFs) Video Tutorial NetApp Logical Interfaces are where our IP addresses ...

NetApp Interface Groups Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will explain the NetApp Interface Groups. Interface Groups enable link aggregation of one or more Ethernet interfaces. This is the first in a series on NetApp networking, you can find links to the other tutorials at the bottom of the page. Scroll down for the vide...

NetApp ONTAP 9 Course Launch Sale – Ends this Friday 18th October

Course LAUNCH SALE this week. Join now to get immediate access with the lowest possible price. Taking this NetApp Storage training course will give you the advanced level knowledge and hands-on skills you need to take your career to the next level with NetApp ONTAP, the ‘Number One Storage Ope...

NetApp Training Giveaway – I will pay for your NCDA

Prize Giveaway – I Will Pay For Your NetApp NCDA Training and Exam   I’ve got a cracker of a prize giveaway this week to help level up your career: Full membership of my NetApp ONTAP 9 Complete course launching soon… and I’ll also pay for your NetApp NCDA exam. Here’s the prize fo...

NetApp Simulator 9 Free eBook – Build a Free NetApp ONTAP 9 Lab. VMware ESXi hosts now added to lab.

Want to get hands-on practice as you learn about NetApp storage but don’t know where to start? Download your NetApp simulator complete lab build guide here. Download your ‘How to Build a NetApp ONTAP Lab… For Free’ eBook to get hands on practice with NetApp storage. It has complete ste...

NetApp Storage Pools (Flash Pool SSD) Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover NetApp Storage Pools. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Storage Pools (Flash Pool SSD) Tutorial Video Tutorial NetApp Storage Pools for Flash Pool SSD   This is a feature that came out in ONTAP version 8.3 which makes more ...

Flash Pool Tutorial – NetApp VST (Virtual Storage Tier)

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will explain how Flash Pool aggregates on NetApp ONTAP storage systems work. Flash Pool is a NetApp VST (Virtual Storage Tier) caching technology. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. Flash Pool – NetApp VST (Virtual Storage Tier) Video Tutorial...

Flash Cache Tutorial – NetApp VST (Virtual Storage Tier)

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will explain Flash Cache which is one of NetApp’s Virtual Storage Tiering technologies. Flash Pool, the other VST technology, is covered in the next post in this series. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. Flash Cache – NetApp VST (Virtua...

NetApp Service Processor and BMC Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover the NetApp Service Processor (SP). The Service Processor provides remote management capabilities for your NetApp system. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Service Processor Video Tutorial Service Processor SP vs Remote LAN Module ...

NetApp Cluster, Management, Data and HA Networks Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will describe the different networks that NetApp ONTAP storage systems are connected to; the Data Network, Management Network, Cluster Interconnect, and High Availability connection. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Cluster, Management, Dat...

NetApp WAFL, NVRAM and the System Memory Cache

In this NetApp training tutorial, we will look at how reads and writes are handled and performance optimised in NetApp ONTAP by WAFL, NVRAM and the System Memory Cache. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp WAFL, NVRAM and the System Memory Cache – Video Tutorial In this exa...

VMware SRM Site Recovery Manager with NetApp SnapMirror Lab Guide

This guide has complete step by step instructions to help you setup a home lab for VMware SRM Site Recovery Manager with the NetApp Snapmirror Data Protection solution. Everything is free and because it’s virtualized you can run it all on your laptop. Lab Guide by Vincent Li. Vincent has over ...

SuperPutty Installation and Configuration Tutorial

I get asked quite regularly what the cool SSH client application I use in my videos is. SuperPutty runs on top of Putty and allows you to connect to the CLI of multiple devices in different tabs in the same window. This is much more convenient than having a separate window for each device, and [&hel...

NetApp ONTAP 9 Simulator Install and Configuration

This is the fourth in a series of NetApp training video tutorial which accompanies my ‘How to Build a NetApp ONTAP 9 Lab… for Free‘ eBook. The videos show me following along with the step by step instructions in the book as I build the lab on my laptop. You can download the eBook here. And [&...

VyOS Router Installation and Configuration Tutorial

This NetApp training tutorial explains how to install and configure the VyOS virtual router in VMware Workstation. The networks and IP addresses configured in the tutorial are for my NetApp lab, but you can easily adapt them to any project you’re working on. Scroll down for the step by step vi...

VMware Workstation Player Install and Network Configuration Tutorial

This NetApp training tutorial explains how to download, install and configure VMware Workstation Player, the free version of VMware for Windows Desktops. The networks and IP addresses configured in the tutorial are for my NetApp lab, but you can easily adapt them to any project you’re working ...

How to Build a NetApp ONTAP 9 Lab – Part 1 (Overview)

This is the first in a series of NetApp training video tutorial which accompany my ‘How to Build a NetApp ONTAP 9 Lab… for Free‘ eBook. The videos show me following along with the step by step instructions in the book as I build the lab on my laptop. Scroll down for the video and...

NetApp ONTAP 9 Hardware Architecture

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will discuss the NetApp ONTAP clustered hardware architecture. In the last post, we covered the scalability limitations that existed in legacy 7-Mode, the main problems being that there is a maximum of two controllers in the same system and it does not support act...

NetApp 7-Mode Hardware Architecture Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover the 7-Mode Hardware Architecture. ONTAP 7-Mode was deprecated after version 8.2 of the operating system, but it’s much easier to understand the clustered hardware architecture of Clustered ONTAP and ONTAP 9 if you see the 7-Mode architecture first...

Interview with Justin Parisi at NetApp Insight

  I sat down for a quick chat with Justin Parisi from the NetApp A-Team while at NetApp Insight. We discussed our experience at the Insight conference, podcasting, ONTAP Select and NetApp’s cloud solutions. You can see the transcript below. If you need to know anything about NetApp, Justi...

Interview with Paul ‘TechStringy’ Stringfellow at NetApp Insight

  I was lucky enough to interview Paul Stringfellow from Gardner Systems while at NetApp Insight. Paul is a member of the NetApp A-Team, you know him from his TechStringy blog, podcast and Twitter. We had a chat about our experience at the Insight conference, data governance, and career advice...

Interview with Matt Leib at NetApp Insight

  I sat down with industry veteran Matt Leib at NetApp Insight to discuss his career in IT and advice for people building their career in the industry. Scroll down to see the transcript. You can read Matt’s blog at https://virtuallytiedtomydesktop.com/ and find him on Twitter at @MBLeib H...

NetApp ONTAP 9 Upgrades Part 1: Pre-Upgrade Tasks and Considerations

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover pre-upgrade tasks and considerations when performing a NetApp ONTAP 9 upgrade. The information applies whether you’re upgrading from ONTAP 8 or between versions in ONTAP 9. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. I’ll cover: Where to ...

How to Get the Best NetApp Content – Quick & Easy Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial post, you’ll see a super fast and convenient way to always keep up to date with all the latest NetApp news, features, and tutorials. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. How to Get the Best NetApp Content – Quick & Easy Tutorial The deal ...

NetApp ONTAP 9.4 New Features and Platforms

NetApp ONTAP 9.4 New Features and Platforms The new NetApp ONTAP 9.4 operating system for their FAS and AFF storage platforms has just been announced. Brand new ONTAP hardware platforms are also available – the high-end All Flash FAS AFF A800, entry level AFF A220 and entry level hybrid flash FAS2...

NetApp Multiprotocol Tutorial Part 2

This NetApp training tutorial is the 2nd of a 2 part series on NetApp Multiprotocol configuration for CIFS and NFS NAS. NetApp Multiprotocol allows both Windows and UNIX based clients to access the same files and folders on the storage system. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. &nb...

NetApp Multiprotocol Tutorial Part 1

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover NetApp Multiprotocol configuration for CIFS and NFS NAS. NetApp Multiprotocol allows both Windows and UNIX based clients to access the same files and folders. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Multiprotocol Tutorial Part 1 –...

NetApp Qtrees and Quotas Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover qtrees and quotas. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Qtrees and Quotas Video Tutorial Qtrees are an optional feature in the NetApp ONTAP software architecture. They can be created within volumes to segment those volumes into small...

NetApp ONTAP Complete Training Course

Master NetApp storage with my ‘NetApp Storage Clustered ONTAP Complete’ course. It features over 22 hours of High Definition video tutorials, live lab demos and quizzes and covers everything you need to know about NetApp ONTAP. See below for an explainer video and text.   The course prov...

NetApp SAN Utilities Tutorial – MPIO, DSM, SLM and Host Utilities

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover MultiPath Input/Output (MPIO), Device-specific Modules (DSM), NetApp Host Utilities and Asymmetric Logical Unit Access (ALUA). These are the software utilities that allow the initiator (the SAN client) to diskover and correctly use multiple paths to the...

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

Download your NetApp simulator complete lab build guide here. Updated in May 2018 for the latest software version. Download your ‘How to Build a NetApp ONTAP Lab… For Free’ eBook to get hands on practice with NetApp storage. It has complete step-by-step instructions, with screenshots, about...

NetApp Export Policies Tutorial

NetApp Export Policies Tutorial In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover Export Policies for NAS protocols. Export Policies and rules enable you to restrict access to volumes and qtrees.     NetApp Export Policies   NetApp Export policies and rules enable the administrator to re...

NetApp Infinite Volumes and Storage Classes Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover the NetApp Infinite Volumes. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Infinite Volumes and Storage Classes Video Tutorial Flexible Volumes and the NetApp Storage Architecture   (Read my NetApp storage architecture post for an overv...

NetApp FlexClone Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover the NetApp FlexClone. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp FlexClone Video Tutorial NetApp FlexClone    A FlexClone volume is, not surprisingly, a clone of another volume. The feature is most commonly used for deploying a virt...

NetApp NFS Storage Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover NetApp NFS storage. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp NFS Video Tutorial Protocol Licensing   Although they will typically come as a bundle, each of NAS and SAN protocols are licensed separately. You will not be able to enab...

NetApp SnapVault Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, we will cover NetApp SnapVault. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp SnapVault Video Tutorial NetApp SnapVault   NetApp SnapVault is ONTAP’s long term disk-to-disk backup solution. You can also use it to offload tape backups from remo...

NetApp SAN Implementation Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, we will cover NetApp SAN implementation on clustered ONTAP. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp SAN Implementation Video Tutorial NetApp SAN Implementation – LUNs   Let’s start with some terminology. For SAN protocols, the storage ...

NetApp ONTAP Disk and VST Guidelines

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover some guidelines and best practice information on different deployment and configuration options in NetApp ONTAP for our disks, aggregates, and Virtual Storage Tier technologies.     NetApp ONTAP Disk and VST Guidelines   Use AFF All Flash...

NetApp RBAC Role Based Access Control Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover the Role Based Access Control (RBAC). Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp RBAC Role Based Access Control Video Tutorial NetApp RBAC Role Based Access Control    ONTAP supports Role Based Access Control where different adminis...

NetApp CIFS and SMB Storage Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover CIFS and SMB on NetApp storage. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp CIFS and SMB Storage Video Tutorial NetApp CIFS SMB   The terms CIFS (Common Internet File System) and SMB (Server Message Block) are used interchangeably as ...

NetApp ONTAP 9 Lab – Add a Second Cluster

This is the sixth in a series of NetApp training video tutorial which accompanies my ‘How to Build a NetApp ONTAP 9 Lab… for Free‘ eBook. The videos show me following along with the step by step instructions in the book as I build the lab on my laptop. You can download the eBook here. And [&h...

NetApp SnapMirror Data Protection DP Mirrors Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover NetApp SnapMirror Data Protection Mirrors, which I gave a shorter overview of in this post. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp SnapMirror Data Protection DP Mirrors Video Tutorial NetApp SnapMirror Data Protection DP Mirrors Data ...

NetApp MetroCluster Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover NetApp MetroCluster. This is NetApp’s solution for redundancy for a storage system spread across two different buildings that are within the same geographical region. Before I get into the details of MetroCluster, it’s going to be easier to unde...

NetApp ONTAP 9 How to Add a Second Node

NetApp ONTAP 9 How to Add a Second Node This is the fifth in a series of NetApp training video tutorial which accompanies my ‘How to Build a NetApp ONTAP 9 Lab… for Free‘ eBook. The videos show me following along with the step by step instructions in the book as I build the lab on […]...

NetApp Load Sharing Mirrors Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, we will focus on NetApp Load Sharing Mirrors. Load Sharing Mirrors are mirror copies of FlexVol volumes which provide redundancy and load balancing. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Load Sharing Mirrors Video Tutorial The load balancing is fo...

NetApp Storage Architecture Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, we will focus on NetApp storage architecture. The NetApp storage architecture is organised into disks, aggregates, RAID groups, volumes, Qtrees and LUNs. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. The NetApp Storage Architecture – Video Tutorial Disks ...

NetApp SnapMirror Engine Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, we will dicuss the NetApp SnapMirror Engine. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp SnapMirror Engine Video Tutorial The NetApp SnapMirror Engine   The SnapMirror engine is used to replicate data from a source volume to a destination volume. ...

NetApp SyncMirror Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, we will discuss the NetApp SyncMirror. NetApp SyncMirror is an optional feature which provides redundancy for our disk shelves. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp SyncMirror Video Tutorial NetApp SyncMirror   There are multiple levels o...

NetApp Storage Virtual Machine (SVM) Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, we will cover NetApp Storage Virtual Machines (SVMs). SVMs allow us to implement secure multi-tenancy in ONTAP. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Storage Virtual Machines (SVMs) Video Tutorial NetApp Storage Virtual Machines (SVMs)   Let...

NetApp Network Load Balancing Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will explain NetApp Network Load Balancing. This is the seventh post in our NetApp networking video tutorial series. Links for the other videos in the series are at the bottom of the page. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Network Load Balan...

NetApp Subnets Networking Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will explain NetApp Subnets. This is the sixth post in our NetApp networking video tutorial series. Links for the other videos in the series are at the bottom of the page. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Subnets Video Tutorial NetApp Subne...

NetApp Broadcast Domains and Failover Groups Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will explain NetApp Broadcast Domains and Failover Groups. This is the fifth post in our NetApp networking video tutorial series. Links for the other videos in the series are at the bottom of the page. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Broad...

NetApp VLANs Networking Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will explain NetApp VLANs. This is the second post in our NetApp networking video tutorial series. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp VLANs Networking Video Tutorial VLANs are ubiquitous in networking in general, where they are used to enhan...

NetApp High Availability Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will discuss NetApp High Availability on FAS controllers. Your storage system is almost certainly going to be a mission critical component in your environment so you don’t want to have any single points of failure. Controller redundancy is provided by the H...

NetApp FAS8000 – FAS8020, FAS8040, FAS8060, FAS8080

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will give a guided tour of the FAS8000 series platforms which comprise the FAS8020, FAS8040, FAS8060 and FAS8080 EX models. I will also explain the hardware architecture and available ports on the back of the controllers. Scroll down for the video and also text tu...

NetApp FAS2500 Overview – FAS2520, FAS2552, FAS2554

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will give a guided tour of the FAS2500 series platforms – the FAS2520, FAS2552 and FAS2554. I will also explain the hardware architecture and available ports on the back of the controllers. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp FAS2500 Ove...

NetApp Disk Shelf Models and Cabling Tutorial

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will cover the hardware characteristics of the various NetApp disk shelf models and how to carry out the system cabling. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Disk Shelf Models and Cabling Video Tutorial NetApp Disk Shelf Models – SAS &nbs...

NetApp Operating Systems and Platforms

In this NetApp training tutorial, I will give an overview of NetApp operating systems and platforms: ONTAP on FAS systems, SANtricity on E-Series systems, and SolidFire. Scroll down for the video and also text tutorial. NetApp Operating Systems and Platforms Video Tutorial I’m going to go against ...

NetApp ONTAP 9 – Key Features and Free Video Training

In this NetApp training tutorial post, I will give a summary of the new NetApp ONTAP 9 operating system, plus show you where you can get free official NetApp video training including a lab demo.   Want to practice on your laptop? Download my free step-by-step guide ‘How to Build a NetApp ...