Tuesday, June 28, 2011

NetApp Training Brain Dump: ONTAP 8.0 Simulator Network

Problems explained simply.

In a previous post I covered installing the simulator and working through a couple bugs.  Now for another challenge: network configuration.  And you can't set a NIC to DHCP in ONTAP, which makes things a bit more difficult.

Here's a rundown on the NICs you have:

Bridged: you can consider your bridged card as being on the same network as your host card. So it should have an IP address of 192.168.2.x if your host OS is at

NAT: a nat card is the equivalent of having multiple devices connected to one of those home router. You talk to your local network when doing local stuff. When accessing the internet, your router translates your internal IP address and uses the external IP (WAN) address of your router to send your request to the Internet. When an answer comes back, the reverse translation is done.

Host-only: They are normally used to connect to other VM's on the same network or the host.

Let's work with the bridged connection, which should be NIC3, referred to as e0c in ONTAP.  E means ethernet, 0 mean's it's onboard, and c meaning the third port.  Go ahead and right click each connection in the lower right hand corner of your VMware screen: they should look little monitors.  Disconnect NIC1, NIC2, and NIC4.
Credit: Me!
Now set the IP: in the console of ONTAP type ifconfig e0c netmask  
e.g., ifconfig e0c netmask

Then type  ifconfig e0c to see the results.  Note that the NIC should show as 'up' - you see this right before the word "flowcontrol" at the bottom.
Credit: Me!
Great, now it's time to test!  I recommend:
  • ping your gateway from ONTAP
  • ping your host system from ONTAP (this was spotty for me)
  • ping ONTAP from your host system
  • PuTTY to port 22 on ONTAP from your host system.
  • PuTTY to port 23 on ONTAP from your host system.  For some reason, I couldn't do this.  Haven't figured that out yet.  
Finally, NetApp has awesomely provided trial licenses for your simulator, covering just about anything you'll want to check out.  NetApp login required!

Continue here if you're still having trouble.  

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