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How to upgrade and re-initialize FAS25xx, FAS22xx, and All-Flash FAS platforms to use the Advanced Drive Partitioning feature in clustered Data ONTAP 8.3

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Applies to

  • Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3 
  • FAS2000 series 


This article describes the procedure to be followed to upgrade the boot images on FAS25xx, FAS22xx, and All-Flash FAS (AFF) platforms from clustered Data ONTAP 8.2.x to Data ONTAP 8.3 and re-initialize the controllers to use the Advanced Drive Partitioning feature in Data ONTAP 8.3.

Warning: The procedure described in this article is disruptive and erases all the data from the system. Do not perform it if the system has data that still needs to be backed up. Backup or evacuate data off the system prior to performing the procedure listed in this article.

Root-data partitioning for HDDs, which is one of the use cases of Advanced Drive Partitioning, is not available on FAS8xxx, FAS62xx, and FAS32xx series controllers. Advanced Drive Partitioning is not supported for MetroCluster configurations in Data ONTAP 8.3. For more details on supported FAS platforms for Data ONTAP 8.3, see the NetApp Hardware Universe.

Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 systems consume three dedicated drives for the root aggregate. Root aggregates are RAID-DP with one data disk, one parity disk, and one diagonal parity disk.

Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3 introduces the Advanced Drive Partitioning feature for FAS25xx, FAS22xx, and AFF platforms. Using this feature, physical drives are partitioned into root and data partitions. The root partitions are smaller partitions used to provision root aggregates, while the larger data partitions are used for provisioning data aggregates.

Note: Upgrading the supported FAS systems to Data ONTAP 8.3 will not enable the Advanced Drive Partitioning feature. To take advantage of this new feature, system disks have to be reinitialized.


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