Configure Workstation for HTTP or SFTP Services
Performing firmware and OS updates for a Clustered ONTAP environment is different from performing the same tasks in a 7-Mode environment. In 7-Mode, the easiest way of uploading the necessary files to the controllers was a simple file copy via CIFS or NFS. In cDOT, you don’t have this option for the cluster. Additionally, if you have a 4-node or larger cluster, you also have the cluster interconnect switches to contend with.
The options for uploading the necessary files to the cluster are via HTTP, SFTP or SCP. Likewise, the options for uploading the necessary files to the cluster interconnect switches are via SFTP or SCP.
If you do not already have a dedicated utility system set up for HTTP/SFTP services, the following are quick methods for setting up HTTP or SFTP on your local workstation.
Microsoft users have a few options on how to set up web services. However, there are two easy, quick, simple, and more importantly, free utilities that are recommended:
- Mongoose Simple Web Server – s an utility that all you have to do is place it and the files that you want to distribute in the same directory and double-click. It will immediately open up a browser page of http://
:8080(8080 is the default port) and all of the files are there for retrieval. When you have finished uploaded the files needed to the cluster(s) you exit the program by clicking on the icon in the system tray and selecting exit.
- Solarwinds SFTP Server – is another utility that many network administrators have been using for years to transfer files to and from network devices.
OS X has builtin utilities for both web services and TFTP services. Here are the procedures for setting up both:
Python Simple HTTP Server
Launch the Terminal application in OS X and, from the Bash shell, change directory to your home directory, if not already there.
Create a directory called Sites.
You can now download the files you need and save to the Sites folder.
Back in the Bash shell, change directory to Sites and list the directory contents.