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Power down procedure VMWare / NetApp

EE,

I have a dual controller 2040 (local disks) as well as disk shelf with vcenter and virtual switch (n1000v)

I'd like to know how to properly shut these down. First I saw a few blogs and comments but no documented method. The Virtual switch and vCenter have given me troubles in the path with network issues and disconnecting all my VMs so the proper procedure for this is important.

Also on the NetApp, I heard I'd have to cf disable, I think the local site will fail at remembering to set it back, so couldn't I just type Halt -f on both nodes instead?

Anyways, any assistance is appreciated

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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT Advisor
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1.  Shutdown VMs.
2.  Shutdown Hosts
3.  Shutdown Netapp  - cf disable first, otherwise when you type "halt" it will try to failover.  After cf disable shutdown each controller

Power up in reverse order



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So external shelf is last?

So vCenter and Virtua switch (n1000v) have no order?

Shutdown netapp do you mean type halt after cf disable and just power off via switch in the back?
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Yes. the external shelf is last and first to power back up.

The n1000v is just a vswitch so it's an internal piece of vmware.  Since you're shutting down the VMs that access teh vswitch there nothing that needs to be done (AFAIK).

Shutdown Netapp:

1.  cf disable
2.  halt on controller 1
3.  halt on controller2

to bring back up power up one controller at a time (and with cf disabled you will not get a split brain issue where each controller thinks it owns the disks).  and bring up each controller and then cf enable when both are up.

You can actually monitor this if you have the BCM port configured.

Hope this helps.  BTW, you should upgrade to oncontroller suite if you haven't done so already..no more filerview..

Paul

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We do have the BMC, how can it be usefull for monitoring? I'm assuming all this will be done via console cable / laptop or putty.
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT Advisor
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BMC can be used in the same function as a serial cable since it is still up when the controller is down..think of HP ILO.  Always best to use serial cable but BMC works well remotely.

Are you still overseas?

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Yes, we are virtualizing all these little fobs. I do setup BMC at every site for sure. It's awsome. Just forgot that it stays online the entire time with its own network/battery and all. I'll add that to the powerdown/up procedure for the local guys.

Thanks again
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT Advisor
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No problem.  If you get in a pickle just shoot me an email.

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Paulsolov,

Cramed up on some docs, NetApp says you can use the Halt -f that will prevent failover from happening.

This will save time and error remembering to re enable CF. If you don't have any objections, I'll use it. I thought I saw one blog that posted a bug in that command, but I'm using the latest Ontap so...
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT Advisor
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You can use it as well, no objections.  I like to do it manually this way it helps customers not to forget the "-f" as I have seen the Netapp split brain occur and having customers go bonkers trying to figure out what happened.

So you're on Ontap 8 7-mode?

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Yup Ontap 8.0.1 7 mode

Thanks again

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