Build Your Own NetApp Storage Lab, For Free!

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Build Your Own NetApp Storage Lab, For Free!

How to build a complete NetApp ONTAP lab for free on your laptop.

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

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Course Description

This course walks you through how to build a fully ready and complete NetApp simulator lab from scratch, using NetApp’s latest operating system ONTAP 9.

The lab features two NetApp simulator clusters with Windows and Linux clients in separate IP subnets to make it as close to a real world environment as possible... and best of all you can build and run the lab completely for free, all you need is a PC to run it on.

We cover step by step where to find all the software for free, how to build the NetApp simulators, the Windows and Linux clients, the VMware setup and how to configure the networking.

Almost all NetApp features can be practised and tested using the lab. You can use it as a study tool or for testing features before deploying them in your production environment.

The lab build outlined in the book is the same one I use for the hands-on demonstrations in my NetApp training videos. You can use the instructions in this course to build your own lab and follow along with me.

I hope you can make use of this course to expand your storage knowledge and further your career.


What will you learn in this course:

  • Practice configuring and testing almost all NetApp features using your own free lab.


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • A basic knowledge of computer networks.
  • No previous NetApp experience is necessary.
Build Your Own NetApp Storage Lab, For Free!


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Section 2: Build Your Own NetApp Lab... For Free!
15 Lectures
  • play icon Overview 05:35 05:35
  • play icon Course Material Download
  • play icon VMware Player Install 11:41 11:41
  • play icon VyOS Router Install 18:29 18:29
  • play icon NetApp ONTAP Simulator C1N1 Install 27:08 27:08
  • play icon NetApp ONTAP Simulator C1N2 Install 20:02 20:02
  • play icon NetApp ONTAP Simulator C2N1 Install 13:20 13:20
  • play icon Upgrade ONTAP Clusters 24:33 24:33
  • play icon Windows Server Install 26:51 26:51
  • play icon Linux Install 14:05 14:05
  • play icon ESXi1 and VCSA Install 47:29 47:29
  • play icon ESXi2 Install 21:54 21:54
  • play icon CentOS 'API' Host 12:23 12:23
  • play icon SuperPutty Install 10:21 10:21
  • play icon Thank You 00:54 00:54

Instructor Details

Neil Anderson

Neil Anderson

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Hi, I'm Neil Anderson, and my mission is to build the best Cloud and Data Center systems engineers possible.

I built my career by learning about IT technologies through books and online resources and it’s my passion now to help you do the same.

You know how some instructors seem to get a kick out of making things complicated to make themselves look smarter than you? I love to make things as easy to understand as possible and seeing you get that lightbulb moment.

I'm proud of my 'Top Responder' tag online. I genuinely care about giving you the best experience possible, both in the quality of my training and in ongoing support. 

Nothing makes me feel better than hearing back from students who I've helped move on to the next level in their career. It gives me huge satisfaction to know I've played a part in you achieving your goals.

My experience:

Since 2007 my main focus has been delivery of technical training and development of course content for large enterprise and service provider customers such as NetApp, Cisco, Verizon and IBM. I train the engineers who design and implement the largest Cloud and Data Center deployments throughout the Asia Pacific region and the rest of the world.

I also provide consultancy to clients and mentoring for the systems engineers in the company I work for.

Prior to focusing on training I worked in the field for over 10 years in a variety of systems and network engineering and IT management roles.


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