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FCP LUN Provisioning for Windows and ESX workflow

The FCP LUN Provisioning for Windows and ESX workflow enables you to make storage available to a host using FC, provision a volume and a LUN on the Storage Virtual Machine (SVM, formerly known as Vserver), and then map the LUN.

Note: This workflow does not cover FCoE and raw device mapping (RDM) disks or using N-port ID virtualization (NPIV) to provide FC directly to virtual machines.

The following sections provide details about the workflow and how to execute the workflow:

Prerequisites for executing the FCP LUN provisioning for Windows and ESX workflow

You must ensure that certain requirements are met before executing the FCP LUN Provisioning for Windows and ESX workflow. You must be a cluster administrator for executing this workflow.

  • Your system must be running clustered Data ONTAP.
    Note: This workflow is qualified to work with Data ONTAP 8.2.1 and later.
  • OnCommand Workflow Automation (WFA) 3.0 or later must be installed.
  • You must have added OnCommand Unified Manager 6.1 or later as a data source in WFA and obtained the latest Unified Manager data.
  • The cluster must already be created and the cluster time must be synchronized with an NTP server.
  • You must be using a supported version of Virtual Storage Console for VMware vSphere to configure storage settings for your ESX host and to provision the datastores.
  • You must not be using virtual Fibre Channel (VFC) with Hyper-V guests.

What happens when you execute the FCP LUN provisioning for Windows and ESX workflow

The FCP LUN Provisioning for Windows and ESX workflow enables you to create an aggregate, a volume, and an igroup, add the initiator to the igroup, create a LUN, and map the LUN.

The following illustration displays the tasks involved in executing the workflow:


The image displays the tasks performed in the FCP LUN Provisioning for Windows and ESX workflow.

Executing the FCP LUN Provisioning for Windows and ESX workflow

The FCP LUN Provisioning for Windows and ESX workflow enables you to create an aggregate, a volume, an igroup, add the initiator to the igroup, create a LUN, and map a LUN.

Before you begin

  • The workflow pack must be downloaded from the Storage Automation Store.
  • You must have reviewed the prerequisites for executing the workflow.

About this task

You should have the following input parameters available for executing the workflow:

  • Cluster name
  • SVM name
  • If you want to create a new aggregate:
    • Node name
    • Aggregate name
    • Aggregate RAID type
    • Number of disks to create the aggregate
  • If you want to create a new volume:
    • Volume name
    • Volume size
  • If you want to create a new igroup:
    • igroup name
    • Initiators
    • Portset name
  • LUN details:
    • Number of LUNs
    • LUN prefix name
    • LUN size
    • Operating system type for the LUN

Steps

  1. Log in to WFA by providing the necessary credentials.
  2. Click Portal > Provisioning > FCP LUN Provisioning for Windows and ESX.
    Tip: You can use the filter () to locate the workflow.
  3. Click the Execute icon ().
    The Execute Workflow 'FCP LUN Provisioning for Windows and ESX' dialog box is displayed.
  4. Select the cluster name.
  5. Select the FCP-enabled SVM name.
  6. Provide the aggregate details:
    If you are... Do this…
    Using an existing aggregate Select an appropriate aggregate from the drop-down list.
    Creating a new aggregate

    Enter the following values:

    • Node name
    • Aggregate name
    • RAID type
    • Disk count
  7. Provide the volume details:
    If you are... Do this…
    Using an existing volume Select an appropriate volume from the drop-down list.
    Creating a new volume

    Enter the following values:

    • Volume name
    • Volume size
  8. Provide the igroup details:
    If you are... Do this…
    Using an existing igroup Select an appropriate igroup from the drop-down list.
    Note: You can also specify the number initiators.
    Creating a new igroup

    Enter the following values:

    • igroup name
    • Initiators
    • Portset name
  9. Provide the LUN details, such as the number of LUNs, LUN prefix name, LUN size (in GB), and operating system type for the LUN.
  10. Optional: Click Preview to validate your workflow before executing it.
  11. Click Execute.
    You can also schedule the workflow for execution at a later date and time by selecting the Choose Date and Time for Execution check box.

After you finish

You should verify that the host can write data to the LUN and read it back.