My E-Series and EF-Series Notes & Learnings

A few notes and resources from a development task to learn about NetApp E and EF Series

A good place to start:

1) E-Series and EF-Series Systems Documentation Center

There is a link there to some useful Knowledge Bytes videos:

Links to data sheets, these TRs (all are Feature Overviews with SANtricity 11.25) -
- and there’s a simulator too (NetApp/Partners only)!

The E-Series community:

And various sections:
- Getting Started
- Installing & Configuring
- Upgrading
- Using SANtricity Storage Manager
- Maintenance
- Reference

2) NetApp University Courses

- Technical Overview of NetApp E-Series Storage Systems
- Technical Overview of NetApp EF-Series All-Flash Array
- Configuring E-Series: What FAS Experts Need to Know in 15 Minutes
- Troubleshooting and Servicing NetApp E-Series and EF-Series Storage Systems
- Designing NetApp E-Series Storage Systems

Note: All the above are Web-based

3) IMT (

Search with “Solution: E-Series SAN Host” which lists the E/EF controllers and supported:
- Protocol: iSCSI, SAS, FC, IB-iSER, IB-SRP
- Host OS…
- Host Platform…
- Host HBA…
- Host Multipath…
- Host Clustering…
- Host Feature…
- Software Initiator: iSCSI Software Initiator
- E-Series Controller Firmware…
- Storage Attachment: Fabric Attach, Direct Attach
- Host Utilities: Windows Unified Host Utilities 7.0, Linux Unified Host Utilities 7.0

Some other relevant sections of the IMT:
- Solution: SAN-Switch (FAS, E-Series)
- Component Explorer:
E-Series VMware vCenter Plug-in
E-Series VASA Provider
E-Series SMI-S Provider
E-Series Plug-in for Storage Replication Adapter
E-Series Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager
E-Series Management Pack for Microsoft SCOM
E-Series Add-in for SQL Server Management Studio

E-Series Specific Documentation:

Also relevant:

5) Software

- E-Series/EF-Series SANtricity OS (Controller Firmware) for:
E2600 / E2700 / E5400 / E5500 / E5600 / EF540 / EF550 / EF560
- E-Series/EF-Series SANtricity Management Plug-ins for:
Microsoft  SQL Server (SSMS) / Microsoft System Center (SCOM) / Oracle EM / VMware SRA / VMware VASA / VMware vCenter / WebServices

- Host Utilities - SAN for:
AIX / ESX / HP-UX / Linux / Solaris / Windows

Disk Firmware:

Config Advisor with E-Series plugin:

*SANtricity Storage Manager software is used to configure, manage, and monitor a storage array. IMPORTANT: You must start the monitoring service to use the following features: (1) AutoSupport, (2) Alert generation/delivery, and (3) Automatic legacy support bundle collection. This should be on a single machine with 24-hour access to the storage arrays.


From “What FAS experts need to know in 15 minutes”

Storage Partitions: Using Default Group is not best practice
DDP: RAID 6 D-stripes span 10 drives, distributed across many disks

E-Series Traditional Disk Structure:
- Physical Disks > Volume Groups > Volumes (LUNs)
- Use FEW volumes per Traditional RAID Group

E-Series DDP Disk Structure:
- Physical Disks > Dynamic Disk Pool > Volumes (LUNs)
- Use MANY volumes with a DDP

Key Steps:
- Create and use Storage Partitions
- Identify Requirements per Workload
- Create Pools or Volume Groups
- Create Volumes within each pool/group
- Map Volumes to Host(s) or Host Group(s)

Find the host WWPNs:
- Win 2008: MMC -> “Storage Explorer” / HBA Utilities
- Linux: CLI -> systool -vc fc_host | grep port_name
- AIX: CLI -> lsattr -El fcsN
- vSphere 5.1: CLI -> esxcli storage san fc list
- Solaris: prtconf -vp | grep port-wwn

Image: Workload Types

Image: Workloads suited for Traditional RAID

Image: Workloads suited for Dynamic Data Pool

Default IPs

Power up the E-Series system, wait a few minutes for DHCP discovery to time out, and then plug in to the RJ45 ports via a crossover cable or switch: / 102 A ports (use .100 for your laptop) / 102 B ports (use .100 for your laptop)


  1. Great Great work! glad to see this passion for a company! Keep pushing Vidad!

  2. Thank you! Passing this info on to my NetApp students


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