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    FlexPod Datacenter with VMware vSphere

    6.5, NetApp AFF A-Series and Fibre

    Channel

    Deployment Guide for FlexPod Datacenter with Fibre Chan-

    nel SAN and VMware vSphere 6.5 and ONTAP 9.1

    Last Updated: April 21, 2017

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    About Cisco Validated Designs

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    Table of Contents

    Executive Summary ......................................................................................................................................................................... 10

    Solution Overview ........................................................................................................................................................................... 11

    Introduction ................................................................................................................................................................................ 11

    Audience .................................................................................................................................................................................... 11

    Purpose of this Document ........................................................................................................................................................... 11

    .............................................................................................................................................................................. 11

    Solution Design ............................................................................................................................................................................... 12

    Architecture ................................................................................................................................................................................ 12

    Physical Topology ................................................................................................................................................................... 13

    Deployment Hardware and Software ............................................................................................................................................... 15

    Software Revisions ..................................................................................................................................................................... 15

    Configuration Guidelines ............................................................................................................................................................. 15

    Physical Infrastructure ................................................................................................................................................................. 16

    FlexPod Cabling ..................................................................................................................................................................... 16

    Network Switch Configuration ......................................................................................................................................................... 20

    Physical Connectivity .................................................................................................................................................................. 20

    FlexPod Cisco Nexus Base .......................................................................................................................................................... 20

    Set Up Initial Configuration ...................................................................................................................................................... 20

    FlexPod Cisco Nexus Switch Configuration ................................................................................................................................. 22

    Enable Licenses ...................................................................................................................................................................... 22

    Set Global Configurations ....................................................................................................................................................... 23

    Create VLANs ......................................................................................................................................................................... 23

    Add NTP Distribution Interface ................................................................................................................................................ 23

    Add Individual Port Descriptions for Troubleshooting .............................................................................................................. 24

    Create Port Channels .............................................................................................................................................................. 25

    Configure Port Channel Parameters ........................................................................................................................................ 26

    Configure Virtual Port Channels .............................................................................................................................................. 27

    Uplink into Existing Network Infrastructure .............................................................................................................................. 29

    Storage Configuration ..................................................................................................................................................................... 30

    NetApp All Flash FAS A300 Controllers ....................................................................................................................................... 30

    NetApp Hardware Universe ..................................................................................................................................................... 30

    Controllers .............................................................................................................................................................................. 30

    Disk Shelves ...............................................