15 Replies Latest reply: Jun 6, 2013 11:50 PM by SNETAPPUSER RSS

Head swap 31xx to 32xx

vims
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Hello All
we are going to swap heads 3140 to 3250. Currently I am collecting all information and documents that help me smoothly go through that.

due to the rack design it is going to be disruptive upgrade. Is there documentation / procedure / etc.. i can read before plunge into it?

Any bright ideas and own experience are very welcome.

Thanks

  • Re: Head swap 31xx to 32xx
    radek.kubka
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    Hi,

     

    Have you seen NetApp Hardware Upgrade Procedures pages?

    http://support.netapp.com/documentation/bytype/index.html?subtypeID=61045

     

    Regards,

    Radek

  • Re: Head swap 31xx to 32xx
    WILLIAM.LORENZO
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    I would love to hear of any of your experiences in this upgrade. At our location we are in the purchase phase of doing the same exact upgrade. Like you I have only found that HA pair upgrade document. Another thing I did was in Operations Manager upgrade my original configs to 8.1 and then compare the differences and read the new documentation about those changes which were pretty few.

  • Re: Head swap 31xx to 32xx
    RICCO4400
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    Hi all

    I'd be please also to have some feedback and also any link for upgrading from FAS3020 to 3250, as I didn't find on suppport site any document

    only upgrading from FAS3040 and 3070

    Thanks for your help

    Isa

  • Re: Head swap 31xx to 32xx
    vims
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    Just realized that FAS3250 can't run 8.0.2p3, this is what we are running on all filers. Upgrade is becoming more complicated and more interesting. :-)

    • Re: Head swap 31xx to 32xx
      RICCO4400
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      Hello Victor

      Have you taken the plunge?

      Any feedback or advice?

       

      Regard

      Isa

      • Re: Head swap 31xx to 32xx
        vims
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        Hello Isa,

        Not yet, due to very complex of production environment it will be a while. I am planning to do it at the end of the April  or beginning of the May.

        The  32xx can’t run 8.0.x Ontap, because of that we have to bring all our environment to the 8.1.x to meet the requirements.

        As you can guess in relatively big companies it can’t be done overnight due to a lot of dependencies and  customer related issues.

        I will update thread as soon as I done step by step.

         

        Victor

         

         

         

         

         

         

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        • Re: Head swap 31xx to 32xx
          RICCO4400
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          Yes I understand

          big compagnie= big process :-)

          I'll be very please to hear from you

          As I need to upgrade a FAS3050 to FAS3250 and did not find any documentation on NetApp site about this

          All found documents speak about upgrade FIRST old head to 8.1 before swapping it

          But FAS3050 do not support 8.1 and FAS3250 do not support 7.3

          So ???????

          Good luck Victor

          • Re: Head swap 31xx to 32xx
            ogra
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            This process is simple but I understand there is no process.

            The overall step will be like :

             

            1) Halt of the older controller

            2) netboot the new controller with the version it supports

            3) Netbooting will automatically upgrade the WAFL labels of the disks attached.

            4) Assign new disk's ( destroy mailboxes etc.)

            5) You are good to go.

             

            I understand the document recommends 1st upgrading the older controller to the newer version is because it's very simple and there are less chances of committing a mistake.

             

            Good Luck.

            You can post me your plan here and I'll be happy to assist.

             

            Cheers.

  • Re: Head swap 31xx to 32xx
    vims
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    We have completed the swap. Overall it went very smoothly and no major problems were faced.

    The preparation took a long time, almost three months, however it has been paid off totally. We schedule downtime for 12 hours and completed everything including QAing in 9.

    The milestones are:

    1. Upgraded all NetApp tools to be compatible with version of NetApp (we were going to 8.1.2P4)

    2. Upgraded all filers to the version above.

    3. Completed headswap.

    Issue encounted - BURT 610274, affected multistore license when migrating specifically from 3140 to 3250. 

    It is internally listed bug.

    • Re: Head swap 31xx to 32xx
      SNETAPPUSER
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      Congratulations!!

      Glad to hear you did the head swap quite smoothly.

       

      I also carried out several head swaps during last weekend for one of my customer. There I had to do

       

      1. FAS3140HA to FAS3220AE

      2. FAS3140 single controller to FAS3140HA

      3. FAS2040 single controller to FAS3140 single controller

       

       

      We choose Data ONTAP 8.1.2P3 based on applications' requirements

       

      Anyway, things are quite easy with NetApp! thanks to their pure Unified Architecture!!