I have an FAS2040 running DOT 8.1 7-mode. I'm going to wipe it out completely (data migration is not important for my project) and install 8.1 C-mode on it.
I've downloaded 812P1_e_image.tgz and have run "software update" and it appeared to simply install DOT 8.1.2 7-mode on the controller. I rebooted, and entered the Boot Menu, and reinitialized the disks (option 4), but once again, it came back up on 7-mode by default. I was expecting to be prompted for 7-mode or C-mode during the setup, but this did not happen.
What am I missing here? I have not been able to locate any documents or forum threads on how to install the C-mode software image. All comments, tips and insight on the process are very welcome here. Thanks!
Are you going to be using the 2040 for test purposes?
You can convert an existing 7-mode system to c-mode by following the steps in this KB article: https://kb.netapp.com/support/index?page=content&id=1013517&cat=DATA_ONTAP_8_CLUSTER_MODE&actp=LIST
You will also need to keep licensing in mind.