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How to RTFI a NetApp HCI node or Storage Node using a USB key

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Applies to

  • NetApp HCI Compute nodes
  • NetApp HCI Storage nodes
  • FC series nodes


Use this procedure to RTFI an HCI node using a USB key

  • For compute nodes that already have ESXi installed
    • This procedure with NetApp HCI 1.6+ Compute BootStrap OS ISO image will update the firmware and the Bootstrap OS on that compute node, leaving ESXi and configuration data intact
    • The only way to reset an existing ESXi installation starting with NetApp HCI 1.6+ is to use the Factory Reset option from the Compute TUI
  • For the HCI storage nodes
  • For the HCI compute nodes
    • It is recommended to use Linux dd command to do a raw copy of the Compute BootStrap OS ISO image onto the USB key
      • Note: due to the larger size of the compute ISO image, it is possible that RTFI may show failures if the USB key is created using 3rd party USB creator applications.

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