Running NetApp's Data ONTAP 8.x simulator on VMware Fusion_

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June 01, 2012 @21:55
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So I've been playing around with getting the Data ONTAP 8.1 simulator running on my MacBook Pro under VMware Fusion 4.1 and during the initial configuration I realized that there was no obvious way to determine the IP address automatically assigned to the host only network (vmnet1) during installation. Unfortunately it appears that VMware does not expose this from the UI. There is not a lot of good information via Google or on the NetApp Simulator Communities website that I was able to find so I figured I'd write it down in hopes that Google's spider notices.

Installation of the Simulator is as normal per NetApp's instructions, by default you will get 4 Ethernet interfaces. Since this is for demonstration purposes I chose to leave them in host-only mode and I am only configuring one interface. Also note that this is for the 7-mode simulator, though the cluster simulator would likely be similar.

  1. Use VMware KB: 1026510 to find the dhcpd.conf for your vmnet1 connection.
  2. Find the section that sets the DHCP addresses for this interface.
subnet 192.168.###.0 netmask {
    range 192.168.###.128 192.168.###.254;
    option broadcast-address 192.168.###.255;
    option domain-name-servers 192.168.###.1;
    option domain-name localdomain;
    default-lease-time 1800;
    # default is 30 minutes
    max-lease-time 7200;
    # default is 2 hours
  1. Select an IP address not in the 'range' statement and not 192.168.###.1 to use for your new filer, I chose .2
  2. Continue setup as normal and enjoy.
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