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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 (NS0-160) 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 (NS0-160) exam includes the following topics:


  • Describe the concepts or components of a NetApp storage architecture.
  • Identify the configurations supported by ONTAP.
  • Describe supported configurations for clusters or nodes.


  • Describe ONTAP components or features.
  • Describe the concepts or operation of Storage Virtual Machines.
  • Describe how to use storage efficiency functions.
  • Identify the use of management tools.

High Availability

  • Describe how to configure, monitor or troubleshoot high-availability features.
  • Describe failover functions.

Front-End Client Protocols

  • Describe how to configure, monitor, or troubleshoot NAS protocols.
  • Describe how to configure, monitor or troubleshoot SAN protocols.


  • Describe network concepts or components.
  • Describe how to configure, monitor or troubleshoot networks.
  • Describe how to configure, monitor or troubleshoot cluster interconnects.

Storage Provisioning

  • Describe how to create, configure or expand aggregates.
  • Describe how to create or configure volumes.
  • Describe disks, disk shelves or RAID groups.


  • Describe how to use performance or analysis tools.
  • Describe usage or rules for storage tiering.
  • Describe QoS.

Security and Compliance

  • Describe ONTAP security concepts, strategies or configurations.
  • Describe encryption features.
  • Describe compliance features.

Data Protection

  • Describe NetApp storage protection concepts, operations or functions.
  • Describe how to configure, administer, or troubleshoot data protection.

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