How to Set Up a LUN on a NetApp Storage System

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How to Set Up a LUN on a NetApp Storage System
NetApp systems can hold massive amounts of computer data. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

NetApp data storage systems are designed to support mass storage of enterprise data in a configuration that is secure, high performance and highly reliable and available. Before storage on a NetApp system can be used, the NetApp system must be configured with at least one LUN (Logical Unit Number), which is all or a portion of a disk array mapped to a volume that is accessible by computer systems that use the storage. Use the NetApp System Manager software to build a LUN to use for data storage.

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Things you need

  • NetApp initiator group configured

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  1. 1

    Open the NetApp System Manager. Click "Configuration" and click "Protocols" and then click "iSCSI." Click "Start" to start the iSCSI service.

  2. 2

    Click the "Storage" item in the left pane of the "NetApp System Manager" and then click "Create LUN" in the right pane. Click the "Next" button in the "Create LUN Wizard" window that appears.

  3. 3

    Type a name for the LUN in the "Name" field of the "General Properties" page. Type a description of the LUN in the "Description" field. Type the size of the LUN you are configuring into the "Size" field and click the "Size" drop-down box and click on the option that defines the unit of measurement you wish to use for the LUN size.

  4. 4

    Click the "Type" drop-down box and click the option that best describes the computer operating system that will be using the LUN for storage. Click the "Next" button.

  5. 5

    Click the "Automatically create new volume" radio button if there are no other volumes configured or you wish to create a new volume for the LUN. Click "Choose an existing container for the LUN" radio button if there is a volume available that you wish to use with the LUN. Click the "Next" button.

  6. 6

    Click the name of the initiator group (host) in the "Known initiator hosts" list to which you wish to map the LUN. Click the "Right Arrow" button to move the initiator group (host) you have selected to the "Hosts to connect" list.

  7. 7

    Click the "Next" button and then confirm that the configuration displayed is correct. Click the "Next" button to create the new LUN.

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