PsTK1: Getting Started with ‘NetApp PowerShell Toolkit’

Welcome back, As promised earlier, I am back with the new blog series. So let’s get started.

Note: From, Hereon I will be using abbreviation PSTK for ‘NetApp PowerShell ToolKit’, as the same has been referred on NetApp documentation as well.

What is Netapp PowerShell ToolKit? 

NetApp PowerShell Tool Kit (PSTK) is a PowerShell Toolkit packaged with 2 PowerShell Modules which are DataOntap and SANTricity. DataOntap module helps in managing NetApp Storage devices which are managed by the ONTAP management system- such as FAS, AFF, and NetApp Cloud, etc. SANTricity module is used to manage E-Series Storage array and EF-Series flash array.  In this blog series, I will be focusing only on the DataOntap PowerShell module. 

I am highlighting some of the specifications of PSTK here,

Platform: Windows only, Requires PowerShell 3.0 or above and .net 4.5 or above
Is it available on PSGallary? No, Not yet. This means that you can not download it from Install-Module cmdlet of PowerShell
PowerShell Core: No, It does not support PowerShell core yet. So you can’t use this on the Linux Platform yet.
# of cmdlets: 2300 or more for DataOntap Module and ~300 for SANTricity Module.

Documentation and Download link

Why should I learn PSTK?

If you are a Storage admin/Engineer then you would discover that working on PowerShell gives you greater flexibility and automation capabilities compare to any other shell environment. If you have already worked with PowerShell then it’s great. You can simply start using the PSTK module. If you haven’t worked with PowerShell then know this, PowerShell is the simplest scripting platform available for us. Invest some time and you will get it. 🙂

  • PowerShell is primarily a tool for administrators like us
  • PSTK is just a PowerShell module, so if you are already working on any other PowerShell module than you almost require zero additional skillsets to start working on PSTK or any other module in that case
  • The same script can help you to orchestrate things related to the different technology stack. For example, the same script can create a LUN with the help of the DataOntap PowerShell module and further creates a datastore in VMware with the help of PowerCLI (PowerShell Module for VMware vSphere)
  • Everything in PowerShell is an object
  • PowerShell’s command discoverability makes it easy to transition from typing commands interactively to creating and running scripts

How to Install?

Download the .msi installer file and click on install. Ensure you are running with PowerShell 3.0 or above version.

Import-Module

If you are running PowerShell 4.0 or above, By default module will be imported the moment you execute any of the commands which are part of that respective module. However, use below cmdlet if you want to import the module into the Powershell session.

importmodule

Get-Command cmdlet

Below cmdlet will list all the commands which are available to use from DataOntap Module.

If you are entirely new to the PowerShell then I would highly recommend you to refer PowerShell documentation to start your learning with Powershell.


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Coming Soon: Blog Series, Netapp PowerShell Toolkit

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Hello Everyone,

I used to consider myself a VMware engineer rather than anything else. Even though my core expertise was from the VMware Compute domain, I understood well in advance that if I want to be a good VMware engineer than I must also work on the Storage and Network piece of infrastructure.

In 2019, I have spent a good amount of time understanding and working on the Storage side of the world, given the role I have in my hand.

We use a data replication product that takes advantage of core Netapp functionalities like Linked Clone, DD copy, and Flex Vol, etc. to do the data replication from source to DR. In my current role, I am tasked to build, run/config and test the product and creates the operating procedures for Ops to follow. So obviously I do break, rebuild, re-config my lab infrastructure multiple times. That is where PowerShell comes into the picture.

Why I am Blogging about Netapp PowerShell Toolkit?

I was using the Netapp PowerShell toolkit for my own purpose and was never thinking of extending this knowledge to a larger audience. One day, I wanted to get some reports from another lab environment (obviously, I didn’t had the access required), I requested some help from our storage engineers. When I got the reports, it was all in a few screenshots or simply a text export. When you deal with a large amount of data, you would love to get it in a CSV or similar formats so that you can process it simply. If you have experienced PowerShell earlier than you could have figured it out by now what I am actually talking about. Yes, Its Get-Something|Export-csvThis is how easy when it comes to PowerShell. I felt like letting my friends know a few tips and tricks from PowerShell and they simply loved it.

For any system admin, be it Compute/Network or Storage, Challenges are the same. Everyone deals with data, Everyone needs to automate simple day to day tasks if not large scales of automation, and that is where PowerShell lets you win the battle. The same PowerShell NetApp toolkit helped me to write an orchestration that lets us migrate the protected workload from the one Storage controller to another one.

This one year of experience with Netapp Storage tells me that, there may be many more storage admins who might not be aware of NetApp PowerShell Toolkit. I intend to write this blog series to bring PowerShell capabilities and it’s advantages to Storage Engineers in their day to day work.

In the coming days, I would be writing about NetApp PowerShell Toolkit and it’s the usage. Here, I would share some tips and tricks to do NetApp Storage Orchestration via PowerShell toolkit.

I hope you would like this blog series. If you are currently working on NetApp storage, Please do comment below what you would like to read about? What are the current challenges you have as Storage admins? If you are using Netapp PowerShell Toolkit, How is your experience? until then stay tuned here will come back with first blog post in this blog series.

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