Netapp Simulator – How to create SSD’s and larger disks

In this video tutorial I walk you through step-by-step how to add SSD’s and larger disks to your Netapp Simulator. Originally the Netapp Simulator has a maximum usable size of 20GB in 1 aggregate, however after following this tutorial you will have over 110GB usable and that is just with adding the disks from Shelf 1.

With the addition of SSD’s you are now able to create Flash Pools within the Netapp Simulator

We start by initializing the disks that come with the Simulator, creating a diag user, logging into the system shell of the node and adding the following:

  • Shelf 0 – 16 x 500mb SSD’s
  • Shelf 1 – 16 x 9GB SAS
  • Shelf 2 – 16 x 9GB SAS

My lab environment for this video is:

  • VMware ESXi 5.5
  • Synology NAS for back-end storage
  • Netapp Data Ontap 8.2.1 Simulator


Netapp Simulator
Netapp Simulator


How to create SSD’s and larger disks in Netapp Simulator


  • Data Ontap 8.3 – before unlocking and setting the password for the diag user you will need to set the password for the admin user. You can do this by typing ::> security login password -username admin
  • Data Ontap 8.3 – to login to the system shell you must type ‘set -privilege diag’ followed by systemshell local


All the tutorials included on this site are performed in a lab environment to simulate a real world production scenario. As everything is done to provide the most accurate steps to date, we take no responsibility if you implement any of these steps in a production environment.

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