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Controller Hardware upgrade resolution guide for AFF and FAS systems

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • Controller Hardware Upgrade
    • Headswap
    • Head Upgrade
  • AFF systems
  • FAS systems
  • MetroCluster
  • Systems with FlexArray Virtualization Software

Description

This guide describes how to upgrade controller hardware of an AFF system or a FAS system in a cluster by moving storage or volumes.

  • The hardware upgrade procedures have been simplified in ONTAP 9.8 with the introduction of the automatic port placement feature.
  • When you are upgrading a system running ONTAP 9.8 you must use the correct procedure to account for the port placement feature.

 

Required tools and documentation

Upgrade procedures

Review the following table to see the available upgrade procedures. See each guide for additional details to determine if the procedure is appropriate.

For additional MetroCluster-specific procedures, see Choosing an upgrade or refresh method.

ONTAP version Location Nondisruptive Supports MetroCluster
9.8

Using “system controller replace” Commands to Upgrade Controller Hardware Running ONTAP 9.8

Yes Yes (FC)
9.8 Using Aggregate Relocation to Manually Upgrade Controller Hardware Running ONTAP 9.8 and Later Yes Yes (FC)
9.5 to 9.7 Using “system controller replace” Commands to Upgrade Controller Hardware Running ONTAP 9.5 to ONTAP 9.7 Yes Yes (FC)
9.7 and earlier Upgrading Controllers with Aggregate Relocation to Manually Upgrade Controller Hardware Running ONTAP 9.7 and Earlier Yes Yes (FC)
9.8 - 9.0 Controller Hardware Upgrade Express Guide (Moving existing physical storage) No No
Controller Hardware Upgrade Express Guide (Moving volumes to new storage) Yes No

 

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