Netapps Interview Questions & Answers

  1. Question 1. How To Improve The Netapp Storage Performance?

    Answer :

    There is no direct answer for this question but we shall do it in several way. 

    • If volume/lun present in ATA/SATA harddisk aggregate, then the volume can be migrated to FC/SAS disk aggregate. Either you can use flash cache to improve performance.
    • For NFS/CIFS instead of accessing from single interface, multi mode vif can be configured to get better bandwidth and fault tolerance.
    • Always advised to keep aggr/vol utilization below 90%.
    • Avoid doing multiple volume backup in single point of time.
    • Aggr/volume/lun reallocation can be done to re–distribute the data to multiple disk for better striping performance.
    • Schedule scrubbing and De-duplication scanning after business hours.
    • Create multiple loops and connect different types of shelf’s to each loop
    • Avoid mixing up different speeds of disk and different types of disk in a same aggregate.
    • Always keep sufficient spare disk to replace in case of disk failure. Because reconstruction time will take more time and cause negative performance.
    • Keep the advised version of firmware/software which is recommended by Netapp.
  2. Question 2. Unable To Map Lun To Solaris Server, But Solaris Server Side No Issue. How To Resolve The Issue?

    Answer :


    • Verify iscsi/fcp license is added in storage 
    • Verify iscsi/fcp session is logged in from server side use command Netapp> igroup show -v 
    • Verify luns are mapped to the corresponding igroup 
    • Verify whether correct host type is mentioned while creating igroup and lun 
    • Verify whether correct iqn/wwpn number is added to igroup 
    • Verify zoning is properly configured from switch side, if it is FCP protocol
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  4. Question 3. How To Create The Lun For Linux Server?

    Answer :

    lun create –s size –t linux /vol/vol1/lunname 

  5. Question 4. How To Create Qtree And Provide The Security?

    Answer :

    Netapp>qtree create /vol/vol1/qtreename 
    Netapp>qtree security /vol/vol1/qtree unix|ntfs|mixed

  6. Question 5. How To Copy Volume Filer To Filer?

    Answer :

    ndmpcopy or snapmirror

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  8. Question 6. How To Resize The Aggregate?

    Answer :

    Netapp> aggr add AggName no.of.disk

  9. Question 7. How To Increase The Volume?

    Answer :

    Traditional Volume: vol add VolName no.of.disk

    Flexible Volume: vol size VolName +60g

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  11. Question 8. What Is Qtree?

    Answer :

    qtree is Logical partition of the volume. 

  12. Question 9. What Is The Default Snap Reserve In Aggregate?

    Answer :


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  14. Question 10. What Is Snapshot?

    Answer :

    A Snapshot copy is a read-only image of a traditional or FlexVol volume, or an aggregate, that captures the state of the file system at a point in time.

  15. Question 11. What Are The Raid Groups Netapp Supporting?, What Is The Difference Between Them?

    Answer :

    Supported RAID types:

    • Raid-4
    • Raid-6 
    • Raid-Dp
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  17. Question 12. What Are The Protocols You Are Using?

    Answer :

    Say some protocols like NFS, CIFS, ISCSI and FCP

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  19. Question 13. What Is The Difference Between Iscsi And Fcp?

    Answer :

    Iscsi-sending block through. iSCSI does not required dedicated network, it will work on existing network also. it work’s an TCP/IP.

    Fcp-send through fibre medium. Required an dedicated FC network.  Performance is so high compare to the iSCSI

  20. Question 14. What Is The Iscsi Port Number?

    Answer :


  21. Question 15. What Is The Difference Between Ndmp Copy And Vol Copy?

    Answer :

    Ndmp copy:network data management protocol(used for tape backup)

    Vol copy: is used to transfer volume to same or another aggregate 

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  23. Question 16. What Is The Difference Between Ontap 7 & 8?

    Answer :

    In ONTAP 7 the individual aggregate is limited to maximum of 16 TB. Where ONTAP 8 supports the new 64 bit aggregate and hence the size of the individual aggregate extends to 100 TB.

  24. Question 17. While Doing Baseline Transfer You’re Getting Error Message. What Are The Troubleshooting Steps You’ll Do?

    Answer :

    • Check both the hosts are reachable by running “ping” command
    • Check whether the TCP port 10566 & 10565 are open from firewall
    • Check whether the snapmirror license are installed in both filers
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  26. Question 18. Explain The Different Types Of Replication Modes..?

    Answer :

    SnapMirror Async mode replicates Snapshot copies from a source volume or qtree to a destination. It will support to replicate more than 800Kms Long. volume or qtree. Incremental updates are based on a schedule or are performed manually using the snapmirror update command. Async mode works with both volume SnapMirror and qtree SnapMirror.

    SnapMirror Sync mode replicates writes from a source volume to a destination volume at the same time it is written to the source volume. SnapMirror Sync is used in environments that have zero tolerance for data loss. it will note support more then 300Kms long.

    SnapMirror Semi-Sync provides a middle-ground solution that keeps the source and destination systems more closely synchronized than Async mode, but with less impact on performance.

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  28. Question 19. How Do You Configure Multiple Path In Snapmirror?

    Answer :

    Add a connection name line in the snapmirror.conf file

    FAS1_conf = multi (FAS1-e0a,FAS2-e0a) (FAS1-e0b,FAS2-e0b)

  29. Question 20. Explain How De-duplication Works?

    Answer :

    In the context of disk storage, De-duplication refers to any algorithm that searches for duplicate data objects (for example, blocks, chunks, files) and discards those duplicates. When duplicate data is detected, it is not retained, but instead a “data pointer” is modified so that the storage system references an exact copy of the data object already stored on disk. This De-duplication feature works well with datasets that have lots of duplicated date (for example, full backups). 

  30. Question 21. What Is The Command Used To See Amount Of Space Saved Using De-duplication?

    Answer :

    df –s

  31. Question 22. Command Used To Check Progress And Status Of De-duplication?

    Answer :

    sis status

  32. Question 23. How Do You Setup Snapvault Snapshot Schedule?

    Answer :

    pri> snapvault snap sched vol1 sv_hourly 22@0-22

    • This schedule is for the home directories volume vol1
    • Creates hourly Snapshot copies, except 11:00 p.m.
    • Keeps nearly a full day of hourly copies
  33. Question 24. What Is Metadata?

    Answer :

    Metadata is defined as data providing information about one or more aspects of the data,

    1. Inode file
    2. Used block bitmap file
    3. Free block bitmap file
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  35. Question 25. How Do You Shutdown Filer Through Rlm?

    Answer :

    ssh “rlm ip address”
    RLM_Netapp> system power on

  36. Question 26. After Creating Lun (iscsi) & Mapped The Lun To Particular Igroup, The Client Not Able To Access The Lun. What Are The Trouble Shooting Steps You Take?

    Answer :

    Check whether IQN number specified is correct
    Check whether the created LUN is in “restrict” mode
    Check the iscsi status
    Un-map and map the LUN once again
    Check Network connectivity communication

  37. Question 27. In Cifs How Do You Check Who Is Using Most?

    Answer :

    cifs top

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  39. Question 28. How To Check Cifs Performance Statistics.?

    Answer :

    cifs stat

  40. Question 29. What Do You Do If A Customer Reports A Particular Cifs Share Is Responding Slow?

    Answer :

    • Check the r/w using “cifs stat” & “sysstat -x 1”.
    • If disk & cpu utilization is more then problem is with filer side only.
    • CPU utilization will be high if more disk r/w time, i.e.,during tape backup & also during scrub activities.
  41. Question 30. What Is Degraded Mode? If You Don’t Have Parity For Failed Disks Then?

    Answer :

    If the spare disk is not added within 24hours,then filer will be shutdown automatically to avoid further disk failures and data loss.

  42. Question 31. Did You Ever Do Ontap Upgrade? From Which Version To Which Version And For What Reason?

    Answer :

    Yes i have done ontap upgrade from version to 7.3.3 due to lot of bugs in old version.

  43. Question 32. How Do You Create A Lun ?

    Answer :

    lun create -s -t

  44. Question 33. How Do You Monitor The Filers?

    Answer :

    Using DFM(Data Fabric Manager) or also using SNMP you can monitor the filer. Using any monitoring systems like .i.e.Nagios

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  46. Question 34. What Are The Prerequisites For A Cluster?

    Answer :

    • cluster interconnect cable should be connected.
    • shelf connect should be properly done for both the controllers with Path1 and Path2
    • cluster license should be enabled on both the nodes
    • Interfaces should be properly configured for fail over
    • cluster should be enabled
  47. Question 35. What Is The Diff Bet Cf Takeover And Cf Force Takeover?

    Answer :

    If partner shelf power is off, if you try to takeover it will not take. if you do as force using (-f) it will work

  48. Question 36. What Is Lif.?

    Answer :

    LIF ( Logical interface) : As the name suggest its a logical interface which is created from physical interface of NetApp controllers.

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  50. Question 37. What Is Vserver..?

    Answer :

    A Vserver is defined as logical container which holds the volumes. A 7 mode vfiler is called as a vserver in Clustered mode . 

  51. Question 38. What Is Junction Path..?

    Answer :

    This is a new term in cluster mode and this is used for mounting.Volume junctions are a way to join individual volumes together into a single, logical namespace to enable data access to NAS clients.

  52. Question 39. What Is Infinite Volumes..?

    Answer :

    NetApp Infinite Volume is a software abstraction hosted over clustered Data ONTAP

  53. Question 40. What Is The Difference Between Nas & San?

    Answer :

    The main difference between NAS and SAN is that NAS is an Ethernet based while SAN is Fabric based.

    NAS- Network Attached Storage:

    It enters data on file level and develops space to host in the form of folder of shared networks.

    SAN- Storage Area Network:

    It enters data on block level and develops space to host in the form of a disk.

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