Visio by DPTPB: NetApp AFF A300 Quad-Path SAS cabling sample drawing

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Experimenting with SAS Quad-Path cabling and my new  V2 stencils. AFF A300 with four DS224C shelves


  • Automated SAS port assignment seem to work
    • In “Shape Data” window for the shelf
      • Select stack number
      • Set “Hide Quad-Path Cabling” to “No”
      • Port Assignment mode is by default set to “Auto NetApp”
        • No need to change
      • Select slots for SAS adapters
        • 0 for onboard SAS ports
        • 1 for SAS adapter in Slot 1
      • Port Assignment box will be automatically populated with correct ports
    • With Quad-Path cabling stacks are numbered with odd numbers, even-numbered stack ports are used for Quad-Path cabling

Picture: “Shape Data” settings for Stack 1

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  • You need two types of SAS cables
    • Onboard – to – Shelf
      •  Mini SAS HD connector on both ends
    • X2069 Adapter – to – Shelf
      • QSFP connector on controller side
      • Mini SAS HD connector on shelf side
      • A special transitional cable required
    • I’ve used my new dynamic placeholder shapes to mark transitional cables
      • You can change the text show in placeholder shapes in “Shape Data” window
      • QSFP marked with “qsfp” as four uppercase letters did not fit within placeholder shape
      • Mini SAS HD marked with “HD”

Picture: Zoomed in picture of “qsfp” and “HD” placeholder shapes

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Full sample drawing available on NetApp download page in PDF / Visio formats


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