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NetApp Certified Data Administrator, ONTAP

Candidates for NCDA (NetApp Certified Data Administrator) certification should have at least six to 12 months of field experience implementing and administering NetApp® data storage solutions in multiprotocol environments. In addition, candidates taking the NetApp Certified Data Administrator, ONTAP exam should know how to implement HA controller configurations, SyncMirror® software for rapid data recovery, or ONTAP® solutions with either single- or multi-node configurations.

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The NetApp Certified Data Administrator, ONTAP (NS0-161) exam includes 60 test questions, with an allotted time of 1-1/2 hours to complete. In countries where English is not the native language, candidates for whom English is not their first language will be granted a 30-minute extension to the allotted examination completion time.

Your results will be available in CertCenter two (2) to five (5) business days after you complete your exam.

The NCDA ONTAP (NS0-161) exam includes the following topics:

Storage Platforms

  • Describe knowledge of physical storage systems.
  • Describe software-defined on-premises or cloud storage systems.
  • Describe how to upgrade or scale ONTAP clusters.


  • Describe ONTAP system management.
  • Describe high availability concepts.
  • Describe how to manage Storage Virtual Machines (SVM).

Logical Storage

  • Describe how to use logical storage features.
  • Describe NetApp storage efficiency features.
  • Describe NetApp ONTAP Data Fabric solutions.


  • Describe how to use network components.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to troubleshoot network components.

SAN Solutions and Connectivity

  • Describe how to use SAN solutions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to troubleshoot SAN solutions.

NAS Solutions

  • Describe how to use NAS solutions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to troubleshoot NAS solutions.

Data Protection

  • Describe how to use ONTAP data protection solutions.
  • Describe how to use SnapMirror.
  • Identify MetroCluster concepts.


  • Describe protocol security.
  • Describe security hardening.
  • Describe inflight or at rest encryption.
  • Identify SnapLock concepts.


  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to administer ONTAP performance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to troubleshoot storage system performance.

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