NetApp Server & Storage Cables
The NetApp SAS cabling rules regarding controller slot numbering rules, shelf-to-shelf connection rules, and controller-to-stack connection rules described in this guide are the same rules that apply to all SAS disk shelves, whether they have IOM12/IOM12B, IOM6, or IOM3 modules.
Disk shelves with IOM12/IOM12B modules can be cabled in HA pair and single-controller configurations (for supported platforms) by applying the SAS cabling rules: configuration rules, controller slot numbering rules, shelf-to-shelf connection rules, controller-to-stack connection rules, and if applicable, mini-SAS HD SAS optical cable rules.
The SAS cabling rules described in this guide balance SAS cabling between the on-board SAS ports and host bus adapter SAS ports to provide highly available storage controller configurations and meet the following goals:
- :: Provide a single, easily understood universal algorithm for all SAS products and configurations
- :: Yield the same physical cabling when generating the Bill of Materials (BOM), followed in the factory, and in the field
- :: Are verifiable by configuration-checking software and tools
- :: Provide maximum possible resilience to maintain availability and minimize the reliance on controller takeovers
You should avoid deviating from the rules; deviations might reduce reliability, universality, and commonality.
Best practice is to use IOM ports 3 and 1 for standard shelf-to-shelf connectivity.
From the logical first shelf to the logical last shelf in a stack, you connect IOM port 3 to the next shelf’s IOM port 1 in domain A and then domain B.
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