What's new in this release

Active IQ Unified Manager (formerly OnCommand Unified Manager) 9.6 includes several new features and enhancements.

OnCommand Unified Manager has been renamed Active IQ Unified Manager
The OnCommand brand has been replaced with Active IQ in the product name as Unified Manager moves into the NetApp Active IQ family of products. These products provide predictive analytics and actionable insights to help you optimize your investment in NetApp ONTAP storage systems.
Enhanced user interface to more easily find the cluster data you are looking for
The old Navigation menu options for Health and Performance have been combined into new categories for Storage objects and Network objects - similar to the ONTAP System Manager user interface.
  • Within the Storage and Network menus there are views (pages) that you can select to see object details for Health, Capacity, Performance, and Protection Relationships.
  • You can customize the view pages to display specific information that you want to see on a regular basis and then save the results as a custom view.
  • Any view can be scheduled as a report so you can send a CSV or PDF file attachment to a list of email recipients.
New reporting and report scheduling functionality has been added that no longer requires the installation of a third-party product
The previous reporting functionality that was available in older versions of Unified Manager has been replaced in this version of Active IQ Unified Manager. All reports can now be built by defining a "View" in any of the cluster object inventory pages, and then creating a schedule for a CSV or PDF version of the report to be sent via email. Most of the standard reports that were provided in earlier Unified Manager releases can be built from the variety of standard Views available in the inventory pages.
See the Active IQ Unified Manager Reporting Guide for complete details.
Note: Any standard reports that you customized, or new reports that you created and imported (in the .rptdesign format), in an earlier release of Unified Manager are not available when you upgrade to Unified Manager 9.6. Make sure you retain CSV or PDF versions of these older reports so that you can rebuild them using the new reporting functionality.
Important: You will be able to import .rptdesign file reports in the Unified Manager 9.6 GA (General Availability) release. If you want to be able to use these custom reports after upgrading to Unified Manager 9.6, you should not upgrade to the RC1 release - you should wait until the GA release is available.
Additional support of FabricPool functionality
Many new FabricPool features have been added to ONTAP and to Unified Manager to help you monitor and manage your data more efficiently using FabricPool aggregates:
  • Added support to show when the "all" tiering policy has been set on volumes when running ONTAP 9.6 software. This policy specifies that the data for this volume always remains on the cloud tier.
  • Displays aggregate and cluster information for FabricPool aggregates created on the newly supported cloud tier provider Google Cloud Storage.
Many Quality of Service enhancements have been added
  • A new Quality of Service option has been added to the Navigation bar. This selection displays all the QoS policies that are found on the clusters that Unified Manager is monitoring, and lists all the storage objects that are using each policy.
  • The Performance/All Volumes view and Performance/All LUNs view now provide a column listing the QoS policy group to which the storage object is assigned.
  • The Volume and LUN Performance pages provide standard views that show only those volumes and LUNs that are part of a QoS policy group ("Volumes in QoS Policy Group" and "LUNs in QoS Policy Group").
  • The Performance Volume Explorer and Performance LUN Explorer pages now have an option to compare performance for all volumes or all LUNs that are in the same QoS policy group.
Integration with NetApp Service Level Manager (NSLM)
If you have used NSLM 1.2, or greater, to create and apply QoS policies to workloads on clusters that are also being managed by Unified Manager, you can view the NSLM QoS policy information in the Unified Manager pages.
  • The new Quality of Service page shows the NSLM QoS policies that have been used, or that are available on the cluster.
  • NSLM QoS policy details are displayed for Volumes in the new View "Volumes Managed by NSLM".
Note: Files attached to a QoS policy in NSLM are not shown in Unified Manager because Unified Manager does not monitor files.
The Unified Protection policy Asynchronous Mirror And Vault is supported in Unified Manager
Unified Manager cannot provision these Asynchronous Mirror and Vault relationships, but once they have been created using ONTAP System Manager or the ONTAP CLI commands, Unified Manager can discover and manage the relationship.
  • Discover and monitor MirrorAndVault relationships.
  • View details of MirrorAndVault policies.
  • View volumes mirrored with MirrorAndVault in the protection topology.
  • View and create protection reports including MirrorAndVault relationships.
  • Seven renamed SnapMirror and SnapVault events apply to the MirrorAndVault policy type.
Additional enhancements
  • A new option has been added to suppress alerts for resolved/obsolete events to help users from receiving unnecessary notifications. This option is available from the Configuration/Alerting page.
  • You can define multiple SNMP trap destination hosts to receive SNMP traps that are sent by the Unified Manager server when an event is generated. This configuration setting is found in the Setup/Notifications page.
  • A new option has been added so you can change the length of time Unified Manager retains event and performance data. Very large configurations with many clusters and nodes may need to reduce the retention period from the default values so that Unified Manager operates optimally. This option is available from the Setup/Data Retention page.
  • New filtering has been introduced in the node IOPS counter chart in the Performance Explorer page to show total and breakdown views that correspond to traffic specifically addressed to volumes on the local node. You can view this information by selecting the "Total (Local)" and "Breakdown (Local)" versions of the node IOPS chart. By comparing the "Local" versions of these counter charts to the regular "Total" versions of these counter charts you can see if there is a lot of traffic moving through the local node to access volumes on the remote node.
  • You can change the default ports that Unified Manager uses for HTTP and HTTPS protocol connections. This option is available after installation from the Unified Manager maintenance console.
ONTAP software support
Unified Manager 9.6 supports all ONTAP 9.x releases. ONTAP 8.3 and earlier releases are not supported.
Note: Infinite volumes are not supported starting with ONTAP 9.5, so Unified Manager does not show Infinite volumes when monitoring ONTAP 9.5 or newer systems.
New platforms support
Unified Manager 9.6 supports ONTAP Select, Cloud Volumes ONTAP, and all the FAS platforms that are supported in ONTAP 9.6 and earlier.
Note: If you are planning to monitor Cloud Volumes ONTAP systems, the Cluster Management IP Address must be a public address and reachable by Unified Manager, or Unified Manager must be installed in the same cloud provider environment.