NetApp: FAS2040A Walkthrough Setup & Install Notes Part 4/5 – Configuring via the CLI Part 1 (via serial connection)

Note: This requires a laptop/server with a serial port. In the absence of a built-in serial port, a USB to Serial Converter will to the trick!


The first time the FAS2040A is powered on, and a connection is made via the console cable to Controller A, the prompt that will appear is:


Enter the following commands after the prompt, to set the filer to autoboot (so when it reboots next time it does not sit at the LOADER prompt) and boot into Data ONTAP.

LOADER-A> setenv AUTOBOOT true
LOADER-A> boot_ontap


On first boot the NetApp filer will automatically boot into setup.

Note that the setup can be invoked at any time by running the command setup

FASCTRA> setup

The effects of running setup do not apply until reboot, and setup rewrites the following config files:
and saves the original contents of the files in .bak files.

Run through the setup answering prompts as desired.

Note on VIFs (virtual interfaces)

A recommendation is to setup a VIF (virtual interface or IFGRP) with at least two ethernet ports, which are connected to two different switches or switch modules on a stacked switch for resilience. Since this is a FAS2040A, remember to select yes to the option to allow vif to failover to a HA partner.

"Single-mode VIFs act like a fault tolerant team and will fail traffic over to a standby link when the active link goes down. Multi-mode VIFs act like a group of links providing aggregate bandwidth as well as link redundancy. Remember VIFs must have different names for failover to work in a HA setup."

BMC Setup

After running through the setup, configure the BMC using:

FASCTRA> bmc setup

And once complete, reboot the controller with the reboot command

FASCTRA> reboot