Reformat an Isilon Node



In some situations it may be necessary to reformat an Isilon node. One common example is if the Isilon node will be moved to a different Isilon cluster. The steps below document the proper process to reformat an Isilon node.


  • Physically disconnect all Infiniband cables from the node that will be reformatted
  • Open a serial connection to the node that will be reformatted
    • Baud Rate: 115200
    • Data Bits: 8
    • Stop Bits: 1
    • Parity: None
    • Flow control: Xon/Xoff

  • cd to /
  • Issue the following command to reformat the node


  • Type yes twice to confirm the reformat
  • The node will then shutdown, reformat and boot up
    • This process takes between 15-20 minutes
    • Here is a log of the output from when a node is reformatted.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.