7-Mode Data ONTAP Simulator 8.2.3 – building lab

This article enhance a little more idea of lab presented here Data ONTAP Simulator 7.3.6. The main difference is that now we try reflect (at least reach a concept) production environment, where we have Active Directory domain and data served to hosts through CIFS, NFS, iSCSI protocols.

– 2x 7-Mode 8.2.3
– Linux CentOS 7.0 (at least one)
– Windows Server 2008 R2

Prerequisites for NetApp Simulator Lab

NetApp 7-Mode Data ONTAP 8.2.3 Simulator

  • Dual core 64-bit Intel® architecture laptop or desktop
  • Simulate ONTAP 8.2.x or lower: 2 GB RAM for one instance, 3 GB for two instances.
  • 40 GB free disk space per instance of simulator
  • Hosts running a 32-bit OS require VT support for Intel® based systems or AMD-V (SVM) for AMD® based systems. The feature must also be enabled in the BIOS if not enabled by default.
  • VT support for Intel® based systems

Data ONTAP Simulator download

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 System Requirements

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CentOS 7.0
CentOS Product Specifications
CentOS 7.0 download

Hypervisor  VMware Workstation 11
VMware Workstation 11

Planning our NetApp lab environment

As always solid plan let you do everything smoothly. At below table network configuration is presented. For now we can leave unconfigured  intefaces other than e0a

Name IP address Interface Purpose
Gateway Vmware Gateway
dc.regmen.com local Windows 2008 Domain Controller, DNS server
linux1 vif_lin1 Management server eno16777736 “Physical interface”
fas01 e0a NetApp 7-Mode
tba e0b
tba e0c
tba e0d
fas02 e0a NetApp 7-Mode
tba e0b
tba e0c
tba e0d
Picture 1. 7-Mode NetApp lab 8.2.3 diagram.
Picture 1. 7-Mode NetApp lab 8.2.3 diagram.

Network configuration for  VMware Workstation 11

Simple as that.

Picture 2. Network configuration for 7-Mode Data ONTAP Simulator lab with VMware configuration.
Picture 2. Network configuration for 7-Mode Data ONTAP Simulator lab with VMware configuration.

Windows Server 2008 initial configuration for NetApp 7-Mode lab purpose

For this lab purpose we need to install and configure two roles

  • DNS server.
  • Active Directory Domain Services.

Network adapter aka Local Area Connection should be configured as static

DNS server installation

DNS server installation is very simple. Just add role, choose DNS Server and push Next. After DNS server and Active Directory Domain Services roles installation, DNS server should be configured for the lab purpose. Check the step after AD installation.


Picture 3. DNS server installation.
Picture 3. DNS server installation.

Active Directory Domain Services installation

Below images are presenting installation Active Directory Domain Services role in 6 steps. It’s not require any additional comments. After installation there is no need to make any additional configuration.

DNS server configuration

We can distinguish two common types of zones in DNS server which is forward lookup zone and reverse lookup zone. The first one is responsible for translation from DNS domain names to IP addresses. A concept for reverse lookup zone is quite similar – mapping is organized from IP addresses to DNS domain names.

For our lab you should configure forward lookup zone accordingly. To achieve it look for New Host (A or AAAA)… from context menu at forward lookup zone and enter desired host and its IP address. Make sure you also have checked Create associated pointer  (PTR) record for reverse lookup.

DNS server configuration - adding new host.
DNS server configuration – adding new host.
DNS server configuration - added hosts.
DNS server configuration – added hosts.

Linux CentOS 7.0 installation and configuration – adding linux to Active Directory domain

Fortunately installation is very typical and server version without GUI with CIFS/NFS/iSCSI features should be consider as the most suitable choice.

List of packages that are crucial for laboratory

For network configuration:

NetworkManager.x86_64 1:
NetworkManager-glib.x86_64 1:
NetworkManager-tui.x86_64 1:


cifs-utils.x86_64 6.2-6.el7 @anaconda
libnfsidmap.x86_64 0.25-9.el7 @anaconda
nfs-utils.x86_64 1:1.3.0-0.el7 @anaconda
nfs4-acl-tools.x86_64 0.3.3-13.el7 @anaconda


iscsi-initiator-utils.x86_64 @anaconda
iscsi-initiator-utils-iscsiuio.x86_64 @anaconda
libiscsi.x86_64 1.9.0-6.el7 @anaconda
lsscsi.x86_64 0.27-3.el7 @anaconda

Active Directory addon:

realmd.x86_64                          0.14.6-6.el7                    @base

Network configuration

Network configuration should be reflection of planned earlier configuration – host Linux1 and its IP address.

If you didn’t set-up any network during installation – now it is the time. For this purpose we use fantastic NetworkManager CLI/GUI.

Required information:

Name IP address
Physical interface (eno16777736)
Logical interface (vif_lin1)

NetworkManager as nmtui

If you don’t like type too much, then just use nmtui. It brings old fashion graphical interface, where you can easily make required changes.
[linux1 ~]$ nmtui

Network Manager  - configuration
Network Manager – configuration

NetworkManager as nmcli

If you don’t have proper packages so far, now it is the time to install:

yum -y install realmd sssd oddjob oddjob-mkhomedir adcli samba-common

Setup new connection:

[linux1 ~]$ nmcli c a type ethernet con-name vif_lin1 ifname eno16777736 ip4 gw4

Adding DNS:

[linux1 ~]$ nmcli c modify "vif_lin1" ipv4.dns

As always to make changes you need restart interface:

[linux1 ~]$ nmcli c down "vif_lin1"; nmcli c up "vif_lin1"
 Connection successfully activated (D-Bus active path: /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager/ActiveConnection/7)


[root@linux1 ~]# nmcli d show
GENERAL.DEVICE:                         eno16777736
GENERAL.TYPE:                           ethernet
GENERAL.HWADDR:                         00:0C:29:6B:64:29
GENERAL.MTU:                            1500
GENERAL.STATE:                          100 (connected)
GENERAL.CONNECTION:                     vif_lin1
GENERAL.CON-PATH:                       /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager/ActiveConnection/7
IP4.ADDRESS[1]:                         ip =, gw =
IP6.ADDRESS[1]:                         ip = fe80::20c:29ff:fe6b:6429/64, gw = ::

Joining Linux to Active Directory

First thing is to check whether we can find desired Active Directory domain, so we need discover our domain:

[root@linux1 ~]# realm discover regmen.com
 type: kerberos
 realm-name: REGMEN.COM
 domain-name: regmen.com
 configured: no
 server-software: active-directory
 client-software: sssd
 required-package: oddjob
 required-package: oddjob-mkhomedir
 required-package: sssd
 required-package: adcli
 required-package: samba-common

When we successfully discovered domain, then it is time to join host to Active Directory domain:

[root@linux1 ~]# realm join regmen.com -v
 * Resolving: _ldap._tcp.regmen.com
 * Performing LDAP DSE lookup on:
 * Successfully discovered: regmen.com
 * Required files: /usr/sbin/oddjobd, /usr/libexec/oddjob/mkhomedir, /usr/sbin/sssd, /usr/sbin/adcli
 * LANG=C /usr/sbin/adcli join --verbose --domain regmen.com --domain-realm REGMEN.COM --domain-controller --login-type computer --no-password
 * Using domain name: regmen.com
 * Calculated computer account name from fqdn: LINUX1
 * Using domain realm: regmen.com
 * Sending netlogon pings to domain controller: cldap://
 * Received NetLogon info from: dc.regmen.com
 * Wrote out krb5.conf snippet to /var/cache/realmd/adcli-krb5-BZw733/krb5.d/adcli-krb5-conf-ynGMUJ
 ! Couldn't authenticate as machine account: LINUX1: Preauthentication failed
adcli: couldn't connect to regmen.com domain: Couldn't authenticate as machine account: LINUX1: Preauthentication failed
 ! Unable to automatically join the domain
Password for Administrator:
 * Required files: /usr/sbin/oddjobd, /usr/libexec/oddjob/mkhomedir, /usr/sbin/sssd, /usr/bin/net
 * LANG=C LOGNAME=root /usr/bin/net -s /var/cache/realmd/realmd-smb-conf.KT5U0X -U Administrator ads join regmen.com
Enter Administrator's password:DNS update failed: NT_STATUS_INVALID_PARAMETER
Using short domain name -- REGMEN
Joined 'LINUX1' to dns domain 'regmen.com'
No DNS domain configured for linux1. Unable to perform DNS Update.
 * LANG=C LOGNAME=root /usr/bin/net -s /var/cache/realmd/realmd-smb-conf.KT5U0X -U Administrator ads keytab create
Enter Administrator's password:
 * /usr/bin/systemctl enable sssd.service
ln -s '/usr/lib/systemd/system/sssd.service' '/etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/sssd.service'
 * /usr/bin/systemctl restart sssd.service
 * /usr/bin/sh -c /usr/sbin/authconfig --update --enablesssd --enablesssdauth --enablemkhomedir --nostart && /usr/bin/systemctl enable oddjobd.service && /usr/bin/systemctl start oddjobd.service
 * Successfully enrolled machine in realm

Simple check to verify connection between linux host and AD domain:

[root@linux1 ~]# id Regmen\\Administrator
uid=1740600500(administrator@regmen.com) gid=1740600513(domain users@regmen.com) groups=1740600513(domain users@regmen.com),1740600520(group policy creator owners@regmen.com),1740600518(schema admins@regmen.com),1740600572(denied rodc password replication group@regmen.com),1740600519(enterprise admins@regmen.com),1740600512(domain admins@regmen.com)

Make a switch to Active Directory domain user:

[root@linux1 ~]# su - Regmen\\Administrator
 Creating home directory for administrator@regmen.com.
 [administrator@regmen.com@linux1 ~]$ pwd

That is all for now from Linux host perspective. It is time to configure both Data ONTAP Simulator 8.2.3

7-Mode Data ONTAP 8.2.3 Simulator – first look

First of all you have to distinguish two simulators to use different pipes. NetApp Data ONTAP Simulator treat this as serial connection to the device console. Also path of this pipe is related to directory where you unpack Data ONTAP Simulator.

In our case we unpack our simulators, where one is located in fas01 and the other one is in fas02 directory.

  • \\.\pipe\fas01-cons
  • \\.\pipe\fas02-cons

Installation shouldn’t be a trouble. After you start your Data ONTAP simulator, wait for prompt Press CTRL+C for Boot Menu. When you press requested combination your eyes will see Boot Menu, from which one you should choose option 4 stands for:

4) Clean configuration and initialize all disks.

The rest of configuration is on example FAS02 Data ONTAP simulator instance.

The setup command will rewrite the /etc/rc, /etc/exports,
/etc/hosts, /etc/hosts.equiv, /etc/dgateways, /etc/nsswitch.conf,
and /etc/resolv.conf files, saving the original contents of
these files in .bak files (e.g. /etc/exports.bak).
Are you sure you want to continue? [yes] yes
 NetApp Release 8.2.3 7-Mode: Thu Jan 15 21:30:45 PST 2015
 System ID: 4082368508 (fas02)
 System Serial Number: 4082368-50-8 (fas02)
 System Storage Configuration: Multi-Path
 System ACP Connectivity: NA
 slot 0: System Board
 Model Name: SIMBOX
 Processors: 2
 Memory Size: 1599 MB
 Memory Attributes: None
 slot 0: 10/100/1000 Ethernet Controller V
 e0a MAC Address: 00:0c:29:94:78:d7 (auto-1000t-fd-up)
 e0b MAC Address: 00:0c:29:94:78:e1 (auto-1000t-fd-up)
 e0c MAC Address: 00:0c:29:94:78:eb (auto-1000t-fd-up)
 e0d MAC Address: 00:0c:29:94:78:f5 (auto-1000t-fd-up)
Please enter the new hostname [fas02]:
Do you want to enable IPv6? [n]:
Do you want to configure interface groups? [n]:
Please enter the IP address for Network Interface e0a []:
Please enter the netmask for Network Interface e0a []:
Please enter media type for e0a {100tx-fd, tp-fd, 100tx, tp, auto (10/100/1000)} [auto]:
Please enter flow control for e0a {none, receive, send, full} [full]:
Do you want e0a to support jumbo frames? [n]:
Please enter the IP address for Network Interface e0b []:
Please enter the IP address for Network Interface e0c []:
Please enter the IP address for Network Interface e0d []:
Please enter the name or IP address of the IPv4 default gateway []:
 The administration host is given root access to the filer's
 /etc files for system administration. To allow /etc root access
 to all NFS clients, enter 'all' below.
Please enter the name or IP address of the administration host [linux1]:
Please enter the IP address for linux1 []:
Please enter timezone [CET]:
Where is the filer located? [Wroclaw]:
Enter the root directory for HTTP files [/vol/vol0/home/http]:
Do you want to run DNS resolver? [y]:
Please enter DNS domain name [dc.regmen.com]: regmen.com
You may enter up to 3 nameservers
Please enter the IP address for first nameserver []:
Do you want another nameserver? [n]:
Do you want to run NIS client? [n]:
 The Shelf Alternate Control Path Management process provides the ability
 to recover from certain SAS shelf module failures and provides a level of
 availability that is higher than systems not using the Alternate Control
 Path Management process.
Do you want to configure the Shelf Alternate Control Path Management interface for SAS shelves [n]:
 The initial aggregate currently contains 3 disks; you may add more
 disks to it later using the "aggr add" command.

After configuration you can login to the simulator with password that you established. To the same for both Data ONTAP simulator instances.

Building lab – next steps?

After all above steps, you have configured clean environment, where you can practice many concepts. In next articles you find explanation about several ONTAP features and learn what concepts can be practiced at presented lab.

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