vExpert 2015 – Thanks VMware

Today I got the mail that I was designated as VMware vExpert 2015. Thanks VMware team for having me in this community. It a pleasure for me to be part of the vExperts.

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Veeam Management Pack v8 for System Center is GA

Today Veeam released Veeam Management Pack v8 for System Center.

What’s new in v8:

  • Support for vSphere 6
  • Enhanced Hyper-V management
  • Veeam Morning Coffee Dashboard & Report
  • Hybrid Cloud planning for Microsoft Azure and VMware vCloud Air
  • Detailed snapshot and checkpoint tracking
  • Visibility for Veeam Backup & Replication

Get more informations:

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Adding more disks to the NetApp OnTap Simulator

Per default the Simulator has only 28 disks. But there is a way to add more disks which is described in the following post.

  1. Login to your Simulator using SSH.
  2. Unlock the “diag” user and assign it a password:
    > security login unlock -username diag
    > security login password -username diag
    Please enter a new password: <password>
    Please enter it again: <password>
  3. Log in to the system shell using the diag user account:
    > set -privilege diag
    *> systemshell local
    login: diag
    password: <password>
  4. Add the directory with the simulator disk tools to the path:
    % setenv PATH “${PATH}:/usr/sbin”
    % echo $PATH
  5. Go to the simulated devices directory:
    % cd /sim/dev
    % ls ,disks/
  6. Add two more sets of 14 disks to the currently unused adapters 2 and 3:
    % vsim_makedisks -h
    % sudo vsim_makedisks -n 14 -t 23 -a 2
    % sudo vsim_makedisks -n 14 -t 23 -a 3
    % ls ,disks/
  7. Now we’re done with the system shell. Logout and reboot the Simulator:
    % exit
    *> security login lock -username diag
    *> system node reboot local
    Warning: Are you sure you want to reboot the node? {y|n}: y
  8. After the reboot login and assing all disks
    > disk show -> you should see lot’s of unassigned disks now19
    > disk assign -all true -node <NODENAME>
  9. Now your simulator has 28 more disks to use with aggregates.

I hope this post was useful for your tests.
Feedback is very welcome.

NetApp OnTap Simulator 8.3 – How to

Updated on 25/08/2015:
– New Simulator Version 8.3 as OVF updates

About this Post

This post should give you an easy starting point to work with the NetApp DataONTAP Simulators and to install a lab demo environment.
It shows how to setup a single node Clustered Data OnTap Simulator. If you need more f.e. for SnapMirror/SnapVault just deploy more of them in the same way.


You need at least 1 network/subnet for the 4 used Ethernet Ports of the simulator. You can connect all 4 network cards of the appliance to the same network.

You need round about 15 free IP addresses for the management and data ports.

You need VMware Workstation or VMware ESX Server.

IMPORTANT: The main idea behind the simulator is to simulate NetApp Storage Systems.

Getting the required Software

  1. Login to with your credentials
  2. Go to “Download – Software” and click on “Data ONTAP Simulator”
  3. Select “Simulator 8.x”
  4. Download your required OFV template for VMware Workstation or VMware ESX
    Download the licenses as well.

Importing the virtual appliance to Workstation or ESX

As soon as we have downloaded the OFV template we are now ready to deploy the Simulator.

  1. Different ways to import the virtual appliance
    1. When using VMware Workstation
      1. Open Workstation and click “File-Open”
      2. Browse the path to the OVF and click “Open” to import the VM in VMware Workstation.
      3. Open the VM Settings of the imported VM by clicking “Edit virtual machine settings”
      4. Change all Network Adapters to the same Network. In our case we do a simple deployment and we don’t use different Networks.
    2. When using VMware ESX
      1. Login to you VMware ESX or vCenter
      2. Click on “File – Deploy OVF Template” and navigate to your downloaded OVF template.
      3. Import the template by entering a name and the required fields.
      4. At the Network Mapping map all adapter to the same network segment as it is the easiest way to work with the simulator.

First time boot of the Simulator and base configuration

Now that we have registered our system it’s time for the first boot and base configuration.

    1. During the first boot of the Simulator please wait for the promt “Press CTRL+C for special boot menu” and then press CTRL + C
    2. When the special boot menu appears please choose option “4 – Clean configuration and initialize all disks” to clean the system
    3. Confirm the warnings with yes.
    4. Wait until the wipe is finished – will take some time – and you see the following messages on the console.
    5. Type “yes” on the first question
    6. Enter the following information’s for the Node:
      Enter the node management interface port [e0c]                Press Enter or type e0c
      Enter the node management interface IP address:             Enter your IP Adress
      Enter the node management interface netmask:                 Enter your Netmask
      Enter the node management interface default gateway    Enter your default Gateway
    7. After the node information’s you should be forwarded to the cluster setup. If not please login using “admin” as user and execute “cluster setup”
    8. Enter the following information’s for the Cluster setup:
      2015-08-18 12_25_42-NetApp_Sim_howto.pdf - Adobe Reader
      You have now finished the first setup tasks for the simulator.
    9. Log in to your Simulator using SSH (f.e. putty) and the cluster management IP address.
    10. Install all licenses for the simulator
      1. VMware ESX licenses
        license add -license-code CAYHXPKBFDUFZGABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code APTLYPKBFDUFZGABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code WSKTAQKBFDUFZGABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code CGVTEQKBFDUFZGABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code OUVWXPKBFDUFZGABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code QFATWPKBFDUFZGABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code UHGXBQKBFDUFZGABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code QLXEEQKBFDUFZGABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code GCEMCQKBFDUFZGABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code KYMEAQKBFDUFZGABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code SWBBDQKBFDUFZGABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code YDPPZPKBFDUFZGABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code INIIBQKBFDUFZGABGAAAAAAAAAAA 
      2. VMware Workstation license
        license add -license-code YVUCRRRRYVHXCFABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code WKQGSRRRYVHXCFABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code SOHOURRRYVHXCFABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code YBSOYRRRYVHXCFABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code KQSRRRRRYVHXCFABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code MBXNQRRRYVHXCFABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code QDDSVRRRYVHXCFABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code MHUZXRRRYVHXCFABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code CYAHWRRRYVHXCFABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code GUJZTRRRYVHXCFABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code OSYVWRRRYVHXCFABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code UZLKTRRRYVHXCFABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
        license add -license-code EJFDVRRRYVHXCFABGAAAAAAAAAAA   
      3. Enter the following commands to complete the base installation
        To get your nodename (used as <NODE> below) type “node show”.
        2015-08-18 12_28_50-NetApp_Sim_howto.pdf - Adobe Reader
        Reboot your system with the command “reboot”.With that the base configuration is finished.

I hope the post helped you working with NetApp OnTap Simulator.
Any feedback or comment is welcome.