Updating single-node clusters disruptively

Starting with System Manager 9.4, you can update single-node clusters. Updating single-node clusters is disruptive, and client data will not be available while the update is in progress.

Before you begin

About this task

If you try to perform other tasks from System Manager while updating the node that hosts the cluster management LIF, an error message might be displayed. You must wait for the update to finish before performing any operations.


  1. Click Configuration > Cluster Update.
  2. In the Cluster Update tab, add a new image or select an available image.
    If you want to… Then…
    Add a new software image from the local client
    1. Click Add from Local Client.
    2. Search for the software image, and then click Open.
    Add a new software image from the NetApp Support Site
    1. Click Add from Server.
    2. In the Add a New Software Image dialog box, enter the URL of the HTTP server or FTP server on which you have saved the image that was downloaded from the NetApp Support Site.

      For anonymous FTP, you must specify the URL in the ftp://anonymous@ftpserver format.

    3. Click Add.
    Select an available image Choose one of the listed images.
  3. Click Validate to run the pre-update validation checks to verify whether the cluster is ready for an update.
    The validation operation checks the cluster components to validate that the update can be completed, and then displays any errors or warnings. It also displays any required remedial action that you must perform before updating the software.
    Important: You must perform all of the required remedial actions for the errors before proceeding with the update. Although you can ignore the remedial actions for the warnings, the best practice is to perform all of the remedial actions before proceeding with the update.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Click Update.
    Validation is performed again.
    • When the validation is complete, a table displays any errors and warnings, along with any required remedial actions to be taken before proceeding.
    • If the validation is completed with warnings, you can choose to select the Continue update with warnings checkbox, and then click Continue.

    When the validation is complete and the update is in progress, the update might be paused because of errors. You can click the error message to view the details, and then perform the remedial actions before resuming the update.

    After the update is completed successfully, the node reboots, and you are redirected to the System Manager login page. If the node takes a long time to reboot, you must refresh your browser.
  6. Log in to System Manager and verify that the cluster is successfully updated to the selected version by clicking Cluster > Cluster Update > Update History, and then viewing the details.