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    How to add NetApp E2800 expansion units to a running NetApp E2800 system without any data loss?

    This article describes how to add NetApp E2800 expansion units to a running NetApp E2800 system without any data loss.
    The description is valid for the following products:


    E2800 12-bay
    E2800 60-bay
    – DSA‑N2E8X4‑12AT
    – DSX‑N1D8X4‑12AT
    – DSA‑N2C8X4‑12AT
    – DSA‑N2E8X8‑12AT
    – DSX‑N1D8X8‑12AT
    – DSA‑N2C8X8‑12AT
    – DSA‑N2E8XC‑12AT
    – DSX‑N1D8XC‑12AT
    – DSA‑N2C8XC‑12AT
    – DSA‑N2E8XG-12AT
    – DSX‑N1D8XG-12AT
    – DSA‑N2C8XG-12AT
    – DSA-N6C8X4-60AT
    – DSA-N6C8X8-60AT
    – DSA-N6C8XC-60AT
    – DSX-N6D8X4-60AT
    – DSX-N6D8X8-60AT
    – DSX-N6D8XC-60AT
    – DSX-NRCK40-INT8



    Step-by-step guide




    To attach an expansion unit:

    1. In the web browser, enter the management IP address of the E2800 controller.
    A dialog box appears to sign in to the SANtricity program.

    2. Enter your credentials.
    The SANtricity System Manager window appears.

    3. Click Hardware.
    The HARDWARE page of the Controller Shelf appears showing the attached expansion units.
    Note: The example shows a Controller Shelf with no expansion units connected.



    4. Click Storage.
    The VOLUMES page appears showing the LUNs assigned in the VRM system.



    5. Connect the expansion units to the Controller Shelf.

    6. In the SANtricity System Manager window, click Hardware.
    The HARDWARE page appears showing the expansion units you have connected.
    Note: The example shows the Controller Shelf with 2 expansion units (Drive Shelf 00 and Drive Shelf 01).



    7. Open the BVMS Configuration Client program.

    8. In the Device Tree structure:

    • Click VRM Devices > VRM > Pool x > E2800 Controller.
    • Click the Basic Configuration tab, then click Initialize.

    The Basic Configuration for iSCSI System dialog box appears.
    Note: The example shows Controller A selected.



    9. In the Basic Configuration for iSCSI System dialog box, select the Status tab.
    Make sure that in the Action column the Creating volumes status changes from Working to Finished.

    Note: As soon as the status has changed to Finished, a notification appears, asking whether you want to save the changes.



    10. Click Yes to save the changes, then click Close to close the Basic Configuration for iSCSI System dialog box.



    11. In the Configuration Client program, click the Save icon.

    12. In the SANtricity System Manager window, click Storage.
    The VOLUME page appears showing the new LUNs added to new volume groups.
    Note: The example shows the new LUNs (LUN_VRM 42 - LUN_VRM 49) in the new volume group VOL_VRM1.



    13. In the Device Tree structure of the Configuration Client program, click the E2800 target.
    The LUN overview appears.
    Note: The example shows the target of Controller A selected.



    14. In the Format column, select the check boxes of all unformatted LUNs, then click Format LUN.
    15. Make sure all LUNs have the status formatted.
    16. Format Controller B in the same way.

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