NetApp MultiStore Administration (NMA)


This highly focused 2-day course provides a detailed understanding of how to implement and administer NetApp MultiStore. NetApp MultiStore allows for the partitioning of a physical NetApp storage controller into multiple logical storage controllers. The virtual storage controllers (vFilers) may be used in enterprise or service provider environments to provide secure separation of tenant/department resources and management may be delegated on a per vFiler basis. Each vFiler unit may be authorized to serve over protocols such as CIFS, NFS and iSCSI and data protection and disaster recovery may also be implemented on a per vFiler basis. Upon completion of the course, the student will understand secure implementation, configuration and management of vFiler units.


  • This course is intended for storage administrators, implementers and engineers.


Course attendees should possess an intermediate knowledge of NetApp storage and Data ONTAP.


Upon completion of this course, the student will understand product placement for NetApp MultiStore. Additionally, the student will understand the process for secure implementation of MultiStore and how various NetApp technologies integrate with MultiStore to enhance data management. Practical lab exercises augment and reinforce the courseware to provide a unified curriculum.


Course Benefits

By taking this course, the participants will better understand NetApp MultiStore benefits, features and use cases. They will be able to describe the advantages and benefits of MultiStore in enterprise and service provider environments. Students will also understand the advantages of using NetApp MultiStore for data migration and disaster recovery.

The student will be able to explain the security architecture of MultiStore and how secure separation is achieved between tenants. They will also be able to describe how role based access control can be used to delegate administrative management of vFiler units. Additionally students will also learn about how NetApp technologies such as FlexClones, thin provisioning and Deduplication affect vFiler units.

Course Positioning

Many IT enterprises and service providers have the need to separate resources by application, tenant or department. Server hardware, networking equipment and storage my all be duplicated within the datacenter to support that separation. Virtualization is revolutionizing the data center at every level. Compute, networking and even storage. At the storage level that virtualization is created with NetApp MultiStore. MultiStore provides:

  • Virtualized storage that meets and enhances the need for multiple security domains, departments or tenants
  • Secure separation using MultiStore IP spaces with separate routing tables
  • Mobility through the use of tools such as vFiler migrate and Data Motion
  • A Highly-Available redundant architecture ensuring service levels for mission critical data

  OUTLINE: NetApp MultiStore Administration (NMA)

Module 1 Lesson 1 Data ONTAP Review

  • Time and space efficient Snapshots
  • WAFL
  • FlexClone
  • Multipath high availability HA pairs
  • Deduplication
  • Flexible volumes
  • MultiStore
  • Unified Storage: SAN and NAS protocol support

Module 1 Lesson 2 MultiStore Overview

  • Describe NetApp MultiStore capabilities and features
  • Understand MultiStore use cases
  • Describe the requirements for using MultiStore
  • Describe MultiStore security with IPspaces

Module 2 Lesson 1 vFiler Setup and Configuration

  • Describe the various methods for creating vFiler units
  • Describe the vFiler setup and configuration process
  • Describe how vFiler units are administered
  • Describe differences between managing the host controller and vFiler units

Module 2 Lesson 2 Configuring NetApp MultiStore Security

  • Describe Role-Based Access Control with MultiStore
  • Discuss the process for securing a storage system
  • Describe storage system networking and its integration with MultiStore
  • Discuss MultiStore integration with IPspaces

Module 3 Lesson 1 vFiler Management

  • Describe the process for managing storage within a vFiler
  • Describe the process for adding and removing vFiler resources
  • Describe the process for destroying a vFiler

Module 3 Lesson 2 vFiler NAS Protocol Administration

  • Describe the process for managing CIFS with MultiStore
  • Describe the process for managing NFS with MultiStore

Module 3 Lesson 3 vFiler SAN Protocol Administration

  • Define SAN protocols and their functionality
  • Describe iSCSI and Fibre Channel support on vFilers
  • Explain iSCSI configuration options with MultiStore

Module 3 Lesson 4 NetApp MultiStore vFiler Unit Quota Management

  • Describe how quotas work
  • Describe how quotas work with MultiStore
  • Explain how to create quotas for MultiStore
  • Explain how to manage vFiler quotas

Module 4 Lesson 1 Storage Efficiencies and MultiStore: Thin Provisioning

  • Describe thin provisioning
  • Describe thin provisioning use cases
  • Describe the impact of thin provisioning on vFiler units

Module 4 Lesson 2 Storage Efficiencies and MultiStore: FlexClones

  • Describe FlexClone volumes and LUN clones
  • Explain how FlexClone files and FlexClone LUNs work
  • MultiStore integration with FlexClone files and LUNs

Module 4 Lesson 3 Storage Efficiencies and MultiStore: Deduplication of Data

  • Explain deduplication
  • Describe how to deduplicate user data within a vFiler

Module 5 Lesson 1 High Availability Solutions for MultiStore

  • Describe NetApp high availability options and how these options apply to MultiStore
  • Describe MetroCluster vFiler and how it applies to MultiStore

Module 5 Lesson 2 vFiler Migration

  • Describe vFiler migration tools: vFiler migrate, SnapMover and DataMotion
  • Describe differences between vFiler Migrate, SnapMover, and Data Motion

Module 6 Lesson 1 NDMP

  • Describe NDMP
  • Describe vFiler NDMP support

Module 6 Lesson2 MultiStore Backup and Disaster Recovery

  • Explain SnapMirror integration with MultiStore
  • Explain the difference between SnapMirror and SnapVault
  • Describe SnapVault
  • Describe SnapVault interaction with MultiStore
  • Describe MultiStore disaster recovery processes
  • Describe how to create a disaster recovery vFiler unit

Module 7 Lesson 1 Overview of Operations Manager Integration with MultiStore

  • Describe features and benefits of Operations Manager and the advantages for MultiStore administrators
  • Describe the process for creating vFiler units using Provisioning Manager
  • Describe vFiler administration tasks with Provisioning Manager
  • Describe Protection Manager benefits and features

Module 8 Lesson 1 Workload Prioritization and Storage Efficiency

  • Describe how FlexShare impacts vfiler units
  • Explain the benefits of flash cache

Module 8 Lesson 2 Troubleshooting MultiStore

  • Troubleshoot common vFiler issues
  • Troubleshoot vFiler connectivity
  • Troubleshoot vFiler protocol access

Module 8 Lesson 3 MultiStore Data Collection

  • Describe system monitoring best practices
  • Describe commands used in vFiler system monitoring
  • Describe commands that gather vFiler and host monitoring data cumulatively

Lab Exercises

Lab 1-1 Explore the lab environment
Lab 2-1 Setup and configure MultiStore
Lab 2-2 Assign Storage and create a vFiler in an existing IPspace
Lab 3-1 vFiler Management
Lab 3-2 vFiler NAS Protocols
Lab 3-3 iSCSI SAN connectivity for vFilers
Lab 3-4 vFiler quotas
Lab 4-1 FlexClones and MultiStore
Lab 5-1 vFiler HA failover and migration
Lab 6-1 SnapMirror within vFiler units
Lab 7-1 Operations Manager and vFilers
Lab 8-1 vFIler Performance and troubleshooting