What's new

What's new in OnCommand Insight 7.3.10

OnCommand Insight 7.3.10 includes the following:

Single Sign-On (SSO)
Single Sign-On (SSO) for OnCommand Insight Server can now be configured in the Insight UI. With SSO configured, any user with the domain email address can log into Insight using their corporate credentials. To configure the Insight Server for SSO, go to Admin > Setup and select the Users tab. Note that SSO is available for the Insight Server web-based UI only. SSO is not available for Data Warehouse, Reporting, or Java Client UI components.
Db2 replaces Informix for Reporting
IBM Db2 replaces the previous Informix component of OnCommand Insight Reporting, allowing you to define a local or domain account with your own naming convention. Note that the installation process for DWH with Reporting has changed. See the Windows Installation Guide for instructions.
ASUP sent through HTTPS
To adhere to modern security demands, Autosupport (ASUP) information is now sent through HTTPS protocol only. If you upgrade from a previous version of OnCommand Insight and ASUP was previously set to email, FTP, or HTTP protocol, these will be set to HTTPS. It is recommended to validate your ASUP settings following the upgrade. To validate your ASUP settings, go to Admin > Setup and select the ASUP tab, and click the Test Connection button, or wait for the Health page to update with ASUP status.
Secure CAC logout
When logged in with Common Access Card (CAC, also called Smart Card), the user can now securely log out from Server, DWH, and Cognos by clicking logout and then closing the browser . Logging out clears session ID's and other application footprints, and the SSL session is invalidated, meaning no new connections can be formed on that SSL session.
Additional Audit Events
The following events are added to the Audit page:
  • CAC user logon / logoff
  • CAC user session timeout

Additionally, an Audit Log view has been added to the Data Warehouse. On the DWH system, go to Troubleshooting and click the Audit Log link.

API changes
API for iSCSI sessions: Added a new REST API interface to improve retrieval of iSCSI sessions: /rest/v1/assets/iSCSISessions/{id}/targetVolumes.
Updated powershell API sample: The powershell API sample available in Help REST API Documentation has been improved.
Device Resolution error handling
Handling of device resolution error processing has been improved, making Insight more resilient to resolution errors.
Data Warehouse multiple email recipients
You can now specify multiple recipients for email notifications in the Data Warehouse.
"Duplicate WWN" system-level alerts
You can now configure system alerts in the event of a data source reporting duplicate WWNs.
Metric/Counter updates
  • The following capacity counters are available for use in the Server UI and REST API. Previously these counters were only available to DWH.
    Object Type Counter
    Storage Capacity - Spare raw

    Capacity - Failed raw

    Storage Pool Data capacity - Used

    Data capacity - Total

    Other capacity - Used

    Other capacity - Total

    Capacity - Raw

    Capacity - Soft limit

    Internal Volume Data capacity - Used

    Data capacity - Total

    Other capacity - Used

    Other capacity - Total

    Clone saved capacity - Total

  • Virtual Machine Peak Memory and CPU utilization values are available for use in the Data Warehouse.
Port count on Switch landing page
To avoid confusion, port count is no longer shown in the summary section of the Switch landing page. You can view this information in the Ports table on the landing page.
Text notes for Acquisition Units
The Admin > Acquisition Units page now allows a user to enter a text note for each acquisition unit (AU). To add a note, hover over an AU and click the Add Note button that appears.
Operating System support
This release of OnCommand Insight supports the following additional operating systems:
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linus (RHEL) 7.7, 8.1
  • CentOS 7.7, 8.1
  • Oracle Enterprise Linus 7.7, 8.1
  • SUSE 15.1 - Anomaly Detection Engine only
  • openSUSE 15.1 - Anomaly Detection Engine only
Windows 2008 R2 support has been removed.

What's new in OnCommand Insight 7.3.9

OnCommand Insight 7.3.9 includes the following:

Anomaly Detection Engine Inline Upgrade

The Anomaly Detection Engine now supports inline upgrades. Inline upgrades remove the requirement to uninstall and reinstall software during upgrade, and preserves modeling and learning data. The system must be running OnCommand Insight 7.3.7 or later to perform an inline upgrade.

Autosupport (ASUP) Changes

The following changes have been made to reduce the amount of data sent by ASUP:

  • Scheduled Data Warehouse (DWH) ASUP only sends Cognos backup to the server
  • Ad hoc DWH ASUP sends the most current DWH and Cognos backups to the server
  • Scheduled OnCommand Insight (OCI) ASUP doesn’t send performance data
  • Ad hoc OCI ASUP sends data as specified in the WebUI
  • OCI ASUP only includes a single Cognos/DWH backup per site
Emailed System Notifications

OnCommand Insight can be configured to send event notifications by email to preconfigured addresses when system-level events occur. Notification email includes a subject and body with details of the event.

The system-level events include the following:
  • Data Collection:
    • Missing disk model error for specific datasource
    • General datasource collection errors
    • Acquisition Unit failure
  • Version and Service Pack:
    • Service Pack update available
    • OnCommand Insight update available
Rebuild Failed Connectors Button

A Rebuild Failed Connectors button is displayed when there are failures in ETL. Pressing the button re-runs the inventory job on failed connectors and then runs all post-inventory jobs. The button is not displayed when there are no failures in ETL.

Rest API for Device Resolution
The following Device Resolution Rest API calls are available:
  • GET /rest/v1/identifications/fc
  • GET /rest/v1/identifications/ip
  • PATCH /rest/v1/identifications/ip/{Address}
  • PATCH /rest/v1/identifications/fc/ {WWN}
Schedule ETL for a Specific Time Each Day

The Data Warehouse supports setting ETL to run at a specific hour on each day. See the Data Warehouse Administration guide for configuration steps.

Storage Savings Reporting
Compaction, compression, and deduplication have been added to the Data Warehouse.

What's new in OnCommand Insight 7.3.8

OnCommand Insight 7.3.8 includes the following:

MySQL SSL Certificates Expired on September 21, 2019

NetApp has identified an issue with the MySQL SSL certificates installed with OnCommand Insight (OCI) 7.3.7 and prior versions. The certificates were issued with an expiration that ended on September 21, 2019, causing Insight to stop monitoring or recording data.

OnCommand Insight 7.3.8 provides an updated certificate. Prior to upgrading your existing Insight installation, however, you must first follow the process as noted in the following NetApp Knowledgebase article: https://kb.netapp.com/app/answers/answer_view/a_id/1093806. You will need to sign in with your NetApp Support credentials to view the full article. Once you have completed the process, you can then upgrade to Insight 7.3.8.

New installations of OnCommand Insight 7.3.8 will not see this issue.

NOTE: If you have installed and manage custom MySQL certificates, these versions are not susceptible to this issue.

Aside from the updated certificate, there are no other changes from OnCommand Insight 7.3.7.

What's new in OnCommand Insight 7.3.7

These are some of the new features available in OnCommand Insight 7.3.7. For more information, see the Release Notes.

Updated Anomaly Detection Engine
OnCommand Insight 7.3.7 includes an updated Anomaly Detection Engine (ADE). The following ADE server requirements have changed to

Memory and CPU: 8 cores, 64 GB memory

The 7.3.7 version of OnCommand Insight is not compatible with previous versions of the ADE. You must uninstall the previous version from your ADE server and install the 7.3.7 version.

Note that your previous Anomaly Detection modeling and scores will be lost and will have to start “learning” again. Insight uses up to two weeks of historical data to start learning.

The OnCommand Insight 7.3.7 ADE installation has an integrated option to configure a firewall to restrict access to the ADE from the OCI Server only. OnCommand Insight 7.3.7 also has capability to enable authorization to the ADE. Customers interested in enabling this additional feature should contact Support.

Additional Audited Events
Additional events can now be viewed on the Admin > Audit page.

What's new in OnCommand Insight 7.3.5

These are some of the new features available in OnCommand Insight 7.3.5. For more information, see the Release Notes.

Active Directory changes
OnCommand Insight 7.3.5 supports Microsoft Azure Active Directory and Secure Active Directory users.

For all Secure Active Directory (i.e. LDAPS) users, you must use the AD server name exactly as it is defined in the certificate. You can not use IP address for secure AD login.

What's new in OnCommand Insight 7.3.3

These are some of the new features available in OnCommand Insight 7.3.3. For more information, see the Release Notes.

Qtree table on application asset landing pages
The Application landing page now displays a table for Qtrees, showing Qtree name, type, used capacity, IOPS total, and associated internal volume.

Movable and resizable columns
Columns in tables can now be resized and moved. To resize, hover the mouse over the header of the column until a blue bar appears. Place the mouse over the bar and drag right or left as desired. To move a column, simply drag it right or left as desired.

When adding more columns than can fit on the screen, a horizontal scroll bar will appear, allowing you to view all columns.

Time aggregation for bar chart widget and single-value widget
Time aggregation options are available for bar chart widget and single-value widget. You can choose to aggregate data in these widgets by Avg, Min, Max, Sum, or by the Last data point collected. Time aggregation is available when you choose to roll up data by any of the available methods.

Additional metrics available
Cache hit ratio counters are available for storage assets for use in widgets and queries.
Cache Utilization and Pending Writes are available for HDS VSP/G1000 devices.
VMAX3 StorageGroup information is available as an extended attribute.
The following extended VM counters are available:
  • CPU Co-Scheduling Delay Time
  • CPU Idle Time
  • CPU Total Wait Time
  • Waiting to be Scheduled Time
  • CPU Demand to Entitlement

StorageGrid data source replaced
A new StorageGrid data source is introduced with this release of Insight. The new data source collects more data than the previous version. You must delete the old version of the data source and install the newer version to collect the additional data.

Removal of object storage asset type
Object storage data is no longer searchable in the UI. Queries or dashboard widgets configured with object storage data will display an error message in 7.3.3 and prompt you to remove or re-create the widget/query.

StorageGrid asset data can now be found as traditional storage objects.

Documentation changes
New documentation has been added to this documentation center:
  • A How-To has been added for ServiceNow integration with Insight

What was new in OnCommand Insight 7.3.2

Business insights for cloud

OnCommand Insight 7.3.2 extends business insight capabilities into the hybrid environment, providing:

  • A consolidated view of all assets so you can track, analyze and optimize usage and cost of cloud-based as well as on-prem services as they dynamically scale in your environment.
  • Cloud infrastructure-to-cost correlation, giving clear and actionable reporting so you can ensure right-sizing through focused capacity planning and waste detection.

Business insight measures are collected by the new AWS Cloud Cost data source, and made available in the Cloud Cost datamart for Insight reporting.

Plan and Perform licenses are required for Cloud Cost collection and reporting.

Performance policies for applications
You can create performance policies for applications monitored by Anomaly Detection. When policy thresholds are crossed, alerts are triggered to notify you about issues related to the application's resources. Violations are also displayed on the application landing page and the violations dashboard, where you can filter them. You can also create a dashboard, add a violation table widget, and filter on your performance policy name to identify application violations.
New assets available in the web UI:
  • These assets can be used in dashboards and in queries:
    • Generic Devices
    • iSCSI Sessions and iSCSI Network Portals
    • Paths
    • Tapes
    • Zones and Zone Members
  • Additionally, new Zone asset landing pages are available to highlight zone and zone member information. Zone information is also displayed in tables on Storage, Virtual Machine, Host, Hypervisor, and Switch asset landing pages.
  • Masking and Mapping: Masking data can be found in tables on Zone, Volume, VM, and Host/Hypervisor landing pages.
UI Enhancements

7.3.2 includes the following additional UI Enhancements:

  • Single value widget: Insight now includes a widget allowing you to display a single value, which is derived either directly from a counter or calculated using a query or expression. For example, you can display the sum of total IOPS for all storage in your environment as a single value at the top of your dashboard.
  • Aggregation by minute, hour, or day: when creating or editing time series widgets, you can choose to aggregate data points into minute, hour, or day buckets before that data is subsequently rolled up by attribute (if chosen).
  • An expert view has been added to the Qtree landing page to enhance troubleshooting.
  • Displayed columns exported to .CSV: Previous versions of Insight exported all of the attributes for all of the objects in a table, regardless of which columns were selected for display. Insight 7.3.2 changes this behavior to only export the attributes for the columns you have selected for display. Note that Performance attributes are still exported in full.
  • Clipboard option for long table fields: In tables, values are sometimes truncated with ellipses (...) when the values are too long for the displayed column width. Insight now provides a "copy" icon in many of these cases, allowing you to copy the original field text to the clipboard.
  • Bulk edit of business entities: You can assign or remove business entities on multiple assets, in the same manner as for applications and annotations.
  • Legacy Server Portal functions moved to web UI: Functions previously only available from the legacy Insight Server Portal have moved to the web UI platform.
  • The port speed counter in Insight is now a numeric counter, which allows for proper display and use of port speed values previously unavailable in Insight (for example, 32 Gb/s for FC ports).
collectd metrics in Insight

collectd is third-party open source software that collects system and application performance metrics. OnCommand Insight 7.3.2 supports an output writer plugin for collectd, which allows users to send information collected by any collectd discovery/collection plugin into Insight via our integration API.

You can access the output writer plugin software and documentation for collectd at NetApp’s GitHub site: https://github.com/NetApp/OCI_collectd

Changes to Data Warehouse
  • VVOL objects are mapped to proper assets in DWH, making them available in reports.
  • Qtree performance is in daily and hourly datamarts in DWH and Reporting.
  • Flexgroup names can now be used to reflect capacity information for volumes.
  • NetApp cDOT 9.2+ storage node Optimal Utilization is now available as a counter for use and reporting.
  • The UUID attribute for cDOT internal volumes has been added to the Data Warehouse.
  • A new warning is displayed when automatic backup is disabled. Health monitor warnings in the data warehouse (DWH) can be suppressed for 30 days. Each warning group can be suppressed individually.
Delete inactive devices

You can now delete inactive hosts, switches, storages, tapes, or generic devices on the query results page in the web UI. To delete an inactive device, on the query page search for the desired asset type. Filter for devices where is active is No, and select the devices you wish to delete. Click the Actions button and select Delete Inactive Devices.

Retention of inventory/foundation history

Previous versions of Insight keep all inventory change history, from the time of installation. This results in large amounts of historical data, which can degrade performance over time. After upgrading to the current version of OnCommand Insight, history will be pruned to the most recent 90 days. Insight prunes the history in 30-day chunks, occurring once a day, starting with the oldest, until 90 days' worth of history is present. Then, history is pruned daily, to keep only 90 days’ worth of inventory change history.

New integration API

OnCommand Insight version 7.3.2 includes a new API for gathering performance counters and attributes from any source of data. This data can be displayed along with other data coming from OnCommand Insight data sources, in dashboard widgets, landing page custom view, and queries. For example, you can write a script to send performance data from an Oracle database, to be displayed side by side with other resources supporting this database instance, such as VM and Volume performance data.

REST API preview flag

Insight includes a number of preview REST APIs. In the REST API help, these are shown with a yellow exclamation mark ("!") stating that the preview API is subject to change. When including these APIs in your scripts, be aware that future releases of Insight may change the syntax of these APIs, which can cause scripts to fail.

Warning before license expires

Insight displays a license expiration warning starting 90 days before a license is set to expire, along with other license warnings. Warnings display for administrator users on all Insight pages and can be dismissed for up to 30 days, based on the warning type. To remove the warnings, contact your NetApp sales representative to obtain a new license.

Warning if using default security key pairs

Insight detects if your configuration is using default encryption keys, and displays warning messages on the Server health page and the Data Warehouse health monitor, recommending that you change the encryption keys. The message is also displayed at the completion of an upgrade or installation. After the keys have been changed, the warning messages will no longer be displayed.

Under-sized memory displayed on Health page

The Server health page will display a message if memory for one or more Insight processes is under-sized for current system memory.

Documentation changes
New documentation has been added to this documentation center:
  • The How-to for creating custom dashboards has an added example of using variables in widgets
  • How-to's have been added for the following:
    • Collecting Host and VM file system utilization data
    • Thin provisioning
    • Analyzing and application performance problem (with greedy/degraded assets)
    • Collecting AWS billing data
    • Working with collectd data collection
  • An FAQ has been added to explain why Total is sometimes not equal to Read plus Write

For additional information, see the OnCommand Insight Release Notes.

What was new in OnCommand Insight 7.3.1

Additional enhancements:

Customizable asset landing pages
Additional asset data can be displayed in customizable widgets on an asset's landing page. Predefined variables can be used to highlight data specific to each asset.
NOT operator in queries

The NOT operator allows you to exclude text from the search results. You can use NOT * to display fields that contain no value.

Scrollable tables
Table data is now displayed on a single scrollable table allowing users to scroll instead of paginating through the data.
Legends for widgets
Dashboard customization now includes the option to display a legend on time-series widgets. The legend identifies the data highlighted in the widget.

Capacity as a time series

With this release, capacity information is reported and charted as time series data. Capacity values for all asset types can be graphed in tables, widgets, expert views, etc., and can be applied to performance thresholds with violations.

Internationalization support

OnCommand Insight 7.3.1 provides support for date, time and number format for non-English locales.

Security enhancements

Changes to Insight security include the following:
  • Password-based encryption has been replaced with asymmetric encryption.
  • SHA-256 replaces SHA-1 hashing.
  • Hard-coded passwords and keys are no longer present in the software.
  • Passwords for internal user accounts can be changed.
  • By default, all installations share the same keys, but customers that want to change the security of their site can use a tool to rekey and change passwords in their environment.

All released Windows .exe (self-extracting) installer files and .msi (standalone) installer files are signed by a Trusted Certificate Authority. The files are also timestamped.

New asset information available in the web UI:

Fabrics can be displayed in dashboards and used in queries.

Qtrees can be used in queries, are available in landing pages, and support custom landing page creation.

Quotas can be displayed in dashboards and used in queries.

Shares can be displayed in dashboards and used in queries.

HTTPS is now default protocol for ASUP

The default protocol for a newly-installed Insight server or a new ASUP configuration is HTTPS, providing the best security and supporting the latest ASUP features.

AWS tags can be mapped to annotations

The AWS data source includes an option that allows you to populate Insight annotations with tags configured on AWS.

License changes

The following licensing changes are included in this release:
Consumption based licensing
This license model covers a base capacity for a period of 6 months or 12 months and includes monthly overage calculations. To support this licensing model Insight sends usage data to corporate ASUP daily from each Insight instance. The data is a minimal payload separate from the other Phone Home data.
VMDKs on cloud devices
Updated capacity calculations provide accurate VMDK data on cloud devices.
Add UUID of internal volumes for CDOT storage
The UUID attribute for internal volumes is collected from CDOT storage.

What's New in OnCommand Insight 7.3.0

New Dashboard capacities

OnCommand Insight 7.3 introduced dynamic resizeable dashboard layouts. Dashboard data visualization includes 3h, 24h, 3d, 7d, 30d or a custom range. Increased filtering and display options allow you to view data in a variety of different ways. Some of these enhancements include:
  • Common variables can be simultaneously applied to some or all widgets on a dashboard
  • Multiple queries can be performed in the area, line, spline, and stacked area widgets
  • Rolled up data can be displayed in dashboard widgets
  • Top x or bottom x results can be displayed in dashboard widgets
  • Data can be grouped by attribute in dashboard widgets
  • Dashboard display time can be overridden in the new widgets, but not all of the legacy widgets.

SNMP / Integration data

A new generic SNMP API is introduced to push data (including dimension data and attributes) to Insight. The data you collect is from SNMP devices that you identify in the data source wizard.

Device Resolution in web UI

Device resolution has migrated from the Java UI to the web UI. The updated web interface for device resolution provides an easy to use interface that allows you to see all of your devices, create rules, set schedules for rules runs, create and enable or disable device resolution schedules and view devices that have been identified, unidentified, or partially identified after you load and run data sources.

Server data retention increased to 90 days

With OnCommand Insight 7.3, data time-to-live (TTL) has been increased to 90 days, allowing you to view performance data over longer periods of time and making it easier to identify operational trends week over week. Asset pages allow you to view up to 31 days of performance data.

Performance data archiving

OnCommand Insight 7.3 introduces the ability to archive performance data. Archiving supplements the performance data backups.

NAS path support

NAS paths for virtual machines are displayed on the Internal Volumes landing page. This page contains a Guest Mounted Storage Resources widget which identifies the Internal Volumes that VMs have access to.

Change to the Atmos service level

The Atmos service level has been renamed to Object Storage service level.

Changes to the Data Warehouse

  • The dwh_inventory.nas_logical table is removed from the Inventory data mart and replaced with a view.
  • Any Insight 7.2.x reports containing the NFS path table are preserved.
  • The dwh_inventory.nas_cr_logical table is added to the Inventory data mart and includes the following:
    • Compute resource
    • Internal volume
    • Storage
    • NAS share

Data Warehouse health monitor

The Data Warehouse (DWH) now includes a health monitor that displays information about the state of DWH. Alarm messages are displayed on the Connectors and Jobs pages of the DWH, as well as sent to the connected Insight server, where they are displayed on the Admin > Health page.

New Data Warehouse Windows installer

This release of Insight added self-extracting capability to the DWH installer .

Legacy license support removed

The support for port-based licenses is removed in OnCommand Insight 7.3.

Replication Assurance removed

Replication Assurance has been removed from OnCommand Insight. This includes removing the following views in the Java UI:
  • DR paths
  • Replication dashboards
  • DR rules
  • DR Violations

Performance views removed from the Java UI

Performance views for the following features have been removed from the Java UI:
  • Storage Array Performance
  • Storage Virtualization Performance
  • Host Virtualization Performance
  • Switch Performance

For more information on new features, see the OnCommand Insight Release Notes.