NetApp ONTAP SVM create (NFS, CIFS, iSCSI protocol)

Storage Virtual Machines (SVMs, formerly known as Vservers) contain data volumes and one or more LIFs through which they serve data to the clients. SVMs securely isolate the shared virtualized data storage and network, and each SVM appears as a single dedicated server to the clients.

Steps to create SVM create (NFS, CIFS, iSCSI protocol) 

Login to ONTAP using cluster IP
Click Storage ->SVMs 

Click-> create

Give SVM Name

Security Style -> Select Windows or Linux

Select Root Aggregate

Enter Search Domains

Enter Name Server

Press Submit and continue

Assign password for vsadmin

Check mark on Create a new LIF for SVM management

Assign IP Address -> Drop down and select Without a Subnet

Next page will popup

Enter IP address



Click Browse

Select port and press OK

Press Submit & Continue


What is CIFS Protocol-: Common Internet File System (CIFS) is a network filesystem protocol used to provide shared access to files and printers between machines on the network. A CIFS client application can read, write, edit and even remove files on the remote server. 

CIFS client can communicate with any server that is set up to receive a CIFS client request.
NetApp ONTAP CIFS protocol  Enable 
Before enabling CIFS, NFS or other protocol on NetApp ONTAP you need to enter license

Login to ONTAP using cluster IP 

Click on Storage -> SVM

Select pre created SVM -> SVM Setting

Select CIFS to enable

Select  CIFS ->  Save and close 

Click on setup

Note-> Before setup any protocol on SVM LIF should configure In case it is not configured you shall receive below error.

The Storage Virtual Machine (SVM) does not have any data LIF configured for CIFS protocol. Create data LIFs before configuring the CIFS server.]

To configure LIF please follow below How to create LIF

Enter NetBios Name
Enter Domain Name
Enter User Name of AD join account
Enter password

Click Setup

Now use LIF IP to access network folder (I had configured in LIF)


NetApp ONTAP 9.6 add License

To Add NetApp ONTAP License

Login to ONTAP using cluster IP

Enter user ID and password

Click Configuration -> Cluster -> License

Click ADD 

Enter license details and Add.


Create Qtree in NetApp ONTAP

Qtree ->A qtree is a logically defined file system that can exist as a special subdirectory of the root directory within a FlexVol volume. You can create up to 4995 qtrees per volume. There is no maximum limit for the storage system as a whole. You can create qtrees for managing and partitioning your data within the volume.

To create Qtree in NetApp you need to create Aggregate, SVM and Volume. you can use below link.

To create NetApp Aggregate

To Create NetApp SVM

To create NetApp Volume 

Login to ONTAP using cluster IP

Click Qtree under Storage

Select SVM where you want to create Qtree and Click Create

Enter Qtree Name
Volume  -> Brows and select volume from SVM

Select Security Style NTFS/UNIX

Click Quota assign space usage limit 

Uploading: 13111 of 13111 bytes uploaded.

Check mark on Activate the Quota -> Activate


Create Volume in NetApp

NetApp Volume -: Volumes are data containers that enable you to partition and manage your data. ... Data ONTAP efficiency capabilities, compression and deduplication, are supported for both types of volumes. Volumes contain file systems in a NAS environment, and LUNs in a SAN environment. Volumes are associated with one Vserver.

Before creating volume you need to create Aggregate and SVMs.

To Create Aggregate

To create SVMs you can use below link

Click Volume under storage -> Create 

You will see two types for Volume creation.
Flex Volume and Flex Group

What is Flex volume in netapp?

A FlexVol volume is a data container associated with a Storage Virtual Machine (SVM) with FlexVol volumes. It gets its storage from a single associated aggregate, which it might share with other FlexVol volumes or Infinite Volumes. It can be used to contain files in a NAS environment, or LUNs in a SAN environment

What is a netapp FlexGroup?

Image result for flexvolume netapp
A FlexGroup volume is a scale-out NAS container that provides high performance along with automatic load distribution and scalability. A FlexGroup volume contains several constituents that automatically and transparently share the traffic. FlexGroup volumes provide the following benefits: High scalability.
Create FlexVol

Select SVM and continue

Enter Volume Name
Select Aggregate
Assign Total size
And click create



How to create Aggregate in NetApp ONTAP

An aggregate is a collection of disks, that can be  arranged into one or more RAID groups. It is required to allow for the provisioning of space for connected hosts. 

Login to NetApp server using cluster IP

Click Storage and expend-> Click Aggregate and Disks and Expend -> Click Aggregate


Click Create

Enable Manually create Aggregate

Enter Aggregate Name

Select Disk Type

Number of Disks

RAID configure

and Submit to create Aggregate

NetApp MISC command line

 Connect NetApp cluster IP using Putty

Enter user name and password

Use ? mark to see related command in NetApp

Step by step installation & configuration NetApp 9.6 (ONTAP)

 NetApp ONTAP System Manager (previously called as OnCommand System Manager) is single spectrum ONTAP tool to manage your storage across architectures.

Login to vCenter -> Select Cluster Name -> Right Click or Click on Action -> Select Deploy OVF Template

Select Local file -> click on choose files

Select NetApp .OVF file -> Open

Click Next

Give Virtual Machine Name -> Select Datacenter -> Next

From Compute resource select ESXI host -> Next

Click Next

Select Storage  -> Select Virtual disk format thin provision  -> Next

Select Network from the list

Click Finish to start deploy.

Right click and power ON

Type Yes for start configuration

Press enter without entering anything ->

Enter IP Address for Management interface ->

Press Enter to setup cluster or you can use GUI to setup

Type Create if you want to create new cluster or type join if you want to join existing one.

Type Yes if you want to create single node cluster

Enter admin password

Enter cluster name

Enter License key or press enter to skip it latter through GUI you can enter

Enter port Name e0c

Enter IP address for cluster management interface

Enter DNS Name and DNS IP -> Press enter

Enter Login ID and Password

Use Cluster IP to access console -> enter user name (admin) default account


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