By Kristina Brand, OnCommand Product Marketing
If you’re getting a new NetApp FAS2220 or FAS2240, your storage system setup couldn’t be easier. Just use the System Setup utility tool, which is available as a download on the NetApp Support site.
You don’t need to be a storage expert to set up your new FAS2200 system. The System Setup tool walks you through it in just a few screens. First it does a discovery of your storage systems and IP addresses. Then, you set up your networking information such as storage system names, passwords, data addresses and domain name server. After that, you can either let System Setup automatically arrange disks into the largest possible recommended configuration or you can choose to configure manually. You then setup your protocols (NFS, CIFS, NFS and iSCSI) and presto – you are done.
System Setup also takes any guesswork out of the setup process, and you can rest easy knowing that default settings means IT storage optimization, for the best utilization and performance. It supports Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008, Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows XP (see the NetApp Support site for full details).
We actually did a before and after test and saw amazing results. We asked storage experts manually setup and configured the FAS2200 without System Setup, and then asked IT generalists to configure the FAS2200 with System Setup and the IT generalists were able to complete their storage system setup three times faster than the specialists who weren’t using System Setup. Talk about a time saver!