How-to: NetApp ONTAP 9.1 simulator deployment

This post will show you how to deploy the new NetApp ONTAP 9.1 simulator on a VMware vSphere 6.5 host.

After releasing a post on how to run the setup with Data ONTAP 8.3 (please find here) I thought its worth to write another one as NetApp really changed the simulator in terms of capacity as well as the setup process.

Getting the required Software

  1. Login to with your credentials
  2. Go to “Download – Software” and click on “Data ONTAP Simulator”
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  3. Accept the license agreements and terms and conditions.
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  4. Download your required OVF template for VMware Workstation or VMware ESX
    as well as the license file.
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Importing the virtual appliance to VMware ESXi

  1. Open your VMware vSphere Client. As of today the Webclient does not support so you have to use the desktop client for the import.
  2. Click “File – Deploy OVF Template”
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  3. Select your downloaded OVF and follow the wizard to get the VM imported.
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Initializing the ONTAP Simulator

  1. Power on the simulator VM
  2. Open the console to see and control the VM
  3. During the boot press CTRL + C to enter the advanced menu
  4. Select option 4 to initialize all disks
  5. After the initialization is done the controller will reboot and start the setup wizard
  6. First step is to start the setup and set a Management IP for the ONTAP 9.1 VM. Please set all required IP details. After all is entered you will see that from now on the setup can be completed by using the web browser. Please open your browser and navigate to the mentioned address.
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    There is still the option to do everything on the CLI but we will continue to use the browser in this post.

ONTAP 9.1 Cluster setup

  1. First step is to start the cluster setup by clicking on “Guided Setup”.
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  2. On the next page please define the cluster name, enable the checkbox that it is a single-node cluster if it applies, set a admin password and add you base as well as feature licenses (comma separated).
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  3. Finally click on next to move to the network settings.
  4. In the network section you need to define a network layout. It is recommended to set a range of IPs (in my case – and use the “Apply Sequentially”. With that ONTAP will apply IPs based on the need.
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    Also set the DNS details as well as the NTP settings.
  5. Finally you can define AutoSupport as well as system backup and additional notification settings. You need to define at least on “Event Notification”.
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  6. With a final click on submit the wizard is completed and your simulator is ready to be managed by the ONCOMMAND System Manager
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  7. Just click on “Manage your cluster” and you will be automatically redirected to the system manager.
  8. From here you can go ahead and use the ONTAP 9.1 simulator, create your aggregates and volumes and have fun.


As always, I hope this post was useful for some of you. Let me know on any question or feedback what you want to see as a next post.


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