Work Flow Automation (WFA) – OnCommand Suite

What is OnCommand WFA?

OnCommand Workflow Automation (WFA) is a software solution that enables you to create storage workflows and automate storage management tasks such as provisioning, migrating, decommissioning, and cloning storage. WFA enables you to create simple and complex workflows in a short time for virtualized and cloud environments. You can use WFA to integrate storage workflows with your existing IT processes and align with NetApp® best practices.

WFA includes the following features:

  • Designer to build workflows

The designer includes several building blocks such as commands, templates, finders, filters, and functions that are used to

create workflows. The designer enables workflows to include advanced capabilities such as automated resource selection,

looping, and approval points.

  • Execution portal to execute workflows, check status of workflow execution, and access logs
  • Administration portal for tasks such as setting up WFA, connecting to data sources, and configuring credentials and users
  • Web services interfaces to invoke workflows from external portals and data center orchestration software


System Requirements

Note: For the complete and most current list of supported hardware platforms and operating systems, see the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool on the NetApp Support Site.

Browser requirements

The OnCommand Workflow Automation server can be accessed by using the following browsers:

  • Windows® Internet Explorer®
  • Mozilla Firefox®
  • Google Chrome®

Recommended server software and hardware requirements

  • Supported 64-bit Microsoft® Windows operating system listed in the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool
  • 4-GB RAM
  • 20-GB free disk space
  • Latest Adobe® Flash Player for your browser
  • Supported Data ONTAP® versions listed in the NetApp Interoperability Matrix Tool

The details are mentioned in two stages

  1. Installation and configuration
  2. Testing and use cases


Stage:1 – WFA Installation


Download the filer from the support site. Double click the icon to start install.



This will open the installation wizard. Click Next to continue.










Accept the license agreement and click Next.










If this is to be installed on a server that has an application which uses port 80, then it would be easier to use custom install and specify another port. Alternatively the port access for the other application can be changed to accommodate WFA.










Click Next to continue.










Specify the site name and company name. Click Next to proceed










In this instance the following was used:










Use the same authentication as that of the local admin and click Next.










Click Next to select the default install path.










Click Install to proceed with the installation.




















Note the information provided and click Next.










Click Finish to complete the installation.










Configuring WFA for the first time

Open any supported browser and access WFA locally by going to localhost/wfa. This will ask for the authentication. Use the one used when installing WFA.








When WFA is accessed for the first time, the WFA setup wizard opens automatically. This can also be accessed from Tools – Setup Wizard.





















Follow the steps mentioned below. Click  continue once this is complete.











Select the correct OnCommand server OS. Before proceeding with the configuration, integrate wfa to the existing OnCommand Unified Manager server.










Integrating WFA to the OnCommand Unified Manager

Download the wfa_ocsetup.exe from the wfa server to the OnCommand Unified Manager if they are on different systems.  Double click on the file to configure WFA. In the wizard that open up follow the instructions, ensure that all requirements are met and then click Next.










Click Next to select the default installation path.










Use the same authentication details used for the WFA setup. Click Next.










You should be able to provide an alternate user name, preferably one with admin rights. Click Next.










This will integrate WFA to the OnCommand Unified Manager. Click Next.










Click Finish to complete the setup.



















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