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3 minute readNetApp Quick Tip: Create a FCP Initiator Group Using the CLI

Are you currently running 7-mode on your NetApp filer? Want to learn some administration quick tips to make your job a little bit easier? Then we are here to help. One of Reliant’s NetApp engineering experts has put together a series of NetApp quick tip videos. In this series of videos, he uses the Command-Line Interface (CLI) to create aggregatesvolumes, LUNs, and now – FCP Initiator Groups.

Admins may not always feel comfortable using the CLI without knowing which commands to use in order to produce what they need. In this series, our NetApp engineering expert goes over the correct commands to use to create various items such as aggregates and FCP initiator groups for your NetApp filer.

In case you’ve missed our other videos, we recommend catching up on how to create aggregates, LUNs, and volumes before finding out how to create a FCP initiator group for your NetApp filer.  

If you want to learn more NetApp admin quick tips or how Reliant Technology and our team of engineering experts can help you craft the perfect solution for your NetApp infrastructure needs, reach out to our NetApp team or call 1.877.227.0828.

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Video Transcript:

Hello, welcome to Reliant Technology. In this short video we are going to be creating a LUN from the Command-Line Interface (CLI) in 7-mode NetApp Storage System. This LUN will be created from a previous video where we created a Volume. We are actually going to start off by typing LUN create, with a question mark. This will show us some of the switches that we are going to use to create this LUN. We will then start off by typing LUN create, -s for size, in this example we are going to use 50 Gig. We are going to do a -t, which is the type of the system that this LUN will be attached to. In this example we are going to type in VMware. We also want this LUN to be thin provisioned, so we are going to type in -o, then we are going to do no reserve, then we are going to specify the path to the volume, and then we are going to specify the name of the LUN that we want to create.

At this point we will actually hit enter. We will then go to the NetApp OnComand System Manager and do a refresh. Actually see that the LUN was created, in the container path Reliant_Volume with a 50 Gig available size, and a total size of 50 Gig, type of VMware and you can see that it is thin provisioned. Thank you for watching.

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Reid Smith-Vaniz

by Reid Smith-Vaniz

Reid is the founder and CEO of Reliant Technology and for 14 years has pursued his mission to remove the pain associated with maintaining IT infrastructure. Reid writes on common challenges related to maintaining, servicing, tracking, budgeting, and upgrading technology.

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