Setting up Cisco Nexus 3132Q-V Switches for NetApp ONTAP

If you’re wondering where to find information for how to setup the Cisco Nexus 3132Q-V Switches for NetApp ONTAP, then you’ll find this following link useful:

‘Cluster Switch Setup Guide for Cisco Switches’

And on page 8:

Required network information for Cisco Nexus 3132Q-V and 5596UP/5596T switches. For the Cisco Nexus 3132Q-V and 5596UP/5596T switches, you need to provide applicable responses to the following initial setup questions when you first boot the switch. Your site's security policy defines the responses and services to enable.

- Enter the password for admin:
The default password is “admin”; you must create a new, strong password. A weak password can be rejected.

- Would you like to enter the basic configuration dialog? (yes/no)
Respond with yes at the initial configuration of the switch.

- Create another login account? (yes/no)
Your answer depends on your site's policies on alternate administrators. The default is no.

- Create a read-only SNMP community string? (yes/no)
Respond with yes. At the SNMP community string: prompt, enter the community string: snmp_community.

- Enter the switch name.
The switch name is limited to 32 alphanumeric characters.

- Continue with Out-of-band (mgmt0) management configuration? (yes/no)
Respond with yes (the default) at that prompt. At the mgmt0 IPv4 address: prompt, enter your IP address: ip_address.

- Configure the default-gateway? (yes/no)
Respond with yes. At the IPv4 address of the default-gateway: prompt, enter your default_gateway.

- Enable the telnet service? (yes/no)
Respond with no.

- Enable SSH service? (yes/no)
Respond with yes.
Note: SSHv2 is recommended for enhanced security.

- Enter the type of SSH key you want to generate (dsa/rsa/rsa1).
- Enter the number of key bits (768-2048).
- Configure the NTP server? (yes/no)
Respond with yes. At the NTP server IP address: prompt, enter your NTP server IP address: ntp_server_IP_address

- Enter basic FC configurations? (yes/no)
Respond with no.

- Would you like to edit the configuration? (yes/no)
You should see the new configuration at this point. Review and make any necessary changes to the configuration you just entered. Respond with no at the prompt if you are satisfied with the configuration. Respond with yes if you want to edit your configuration settings.

- Use this configuration and save it? (yes/no)
Respond with yes to save the configuration. This automatically updates the kickstart and system images.
Note: If you do not save the configuration at this stage, none of the changes will be in effect the next time you reboot the switch.

For more information about the initial configuration of your switch, see the following guides:
Cisco Nexus Series NX-OS Fundamentals Configuration Guide
Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Hardware Installation Guide

Image: Table of Information Required to Complete Initial Setup Script

After setup, you’ll want to make sure you have the correct/supported version of NX-OS and RCF. You can download these from:

Image: Supported NX-OS and RCF with NX3132V

To end this post, here are some diagrams of the Nexus 3132Q-V and detailing the default RCF and alternate RCF configurations.

Image: NX3132Q-V Front View

Image: NX3132Q-V Rear View

Image: NX3132Q-V Default Configuration (1.1_24p10g_26p40g)

Image: NX3132Q-V Alternate Configuration (1.1_72p10g_14p40g)


  1. Excellent. Why cant Netapp's documentation be as clear as this and much, much less confusing....

  2. Are the 4 x 10G single ports still available if you set the switch to 6 x 4x10GbE or 18x 4x10Gbe options?

    1. Hello Csdragon43,

      Hopefully the below answers your question. Really should be using the breakout cables, I've never seen anyone use the SFP ports:

      In default configuration, only the 32x40GbE ports are active.
      The 10GbE (SFP+) ports are disabled.
      Enabling the 10GbE (SFP+) ports will disable access to QSFP port 1
      -Enable 10GbE (SFP+) ports: hardware profile front portmode sfp-plus
      -Disable 10GbE (SFP+) ports : hardware profile front portmode qsfp

  3. Superb post,very organized and to the point


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