Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3.2 is now GA!

Several months ago, I wrote a post describing the new 8.3.2RC1 release and what features it includes. You can read that here.

Now, clustered Data ONTAP is in general availability (GA)! If you’re curious what GA means, check that out here.

You can get the new release here:


Usually, releases don’t add new features between the RC and GA release, but due to popular demand, 8.3.2 has a few nuggets to add to the GA release, in addition to the things that were added to 8.2.3RC.

These include:

  • Simplified System Manager workflows for AFF (basically templates for specific NAS workloads)
  • LDAP signing and sealing
  • FLI support for AFF

In addition, a number of bug fixes are included in this release, so it’s a good idea to schedule a window to upgrade your cluster. Remember, upgrades are non-disruptive!

Updated NetApp NFS Technical Reports Available for Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3.2!

Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3.2 GA is here!

Because of that, the latest updates to the following TRs are now publicly available!

Available now:

TR-4067: Clustered Data ONTAP NFS Implementation and Best Practice Guide

This is essentially the NFS Bible for clustered Data ONTAP. Read it if you ever plan on using NFS with clustered Data ONTAP.

TR-3580: NFSv4 Enhancements and Best Practices Guide for Data ONTAP Implementation

This TR covers NFSv4 in both 7-Mode and cDOT. Think of it as a companion piece to TR-4067.

TR-4379: Name Services Best Practice Guide

This TR covers best practices for DNS, netgroups, LDAP, NIS and other related items to name services in clustered Data ONTAP.

Coming soon:


TR-4073: Secure Unified Authentication

This one is currently being updated and does not have a timetable for release currently. Keep checking back here for more information.

Other Updated TRs of interest:

TR-4052: Successfully Transitioning to Clustered Data ONTAP 

This includes a new section on Copy-Free Transition.


Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3.2 is here! (plus, Insight EMEA 2015 recap)

It’s finally here!

Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3.GA is up and available here:

I can also finally talk about the live demo I was working on for NetApp Insight. I even made some videos for it:


As for what’s in the release, I’ll keep it high level here and start with what I was showing off…

Copy-Free Transition!

One of the biggest pieces of FUD being thrown around regarding NetApp was the fact that the transition from Data ONTAP operating in 7-Mode to clustered Data ONTAP was a “forklift upgrade.”

Given the fact that the operating systems were vastly different, it wasn’t 100% inaccurate, but it was definitely an exaggeration in my opinion.

However, one of the main things people kept asking for was a way to simply move the shelves from the old 7-Mode heads to the new cDOT heads.

“Shouldn’t it be easy?” they (rightfully) asked?

Well, now it is. The live demo we did showed a Copy-Free Transition (CFT) in real-time from 7-Mode to cDOT and it took less than 20 minutes.

Some other notable features of this release:

  • SAN Break-Resync-Break for 7àC Snapmirror relationships
  • MCC Improvements – Cisco 9250i switch support, sharing 8G card FC-VI/FC-Initiator
  • In-line Deduplication
  • Volume Re-host
  • QoS node limit increase (24 nodes!)
  • SVM DR MSID replication (filehandles!)

I wrote up a more in-depth post on CFT after Insight. Also, be sure to check out the TechONTAP Podcast episode where we cover all the new goodness of the 8.3.2 cDOT release!

Episode 15 – Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3.2RC1

NetApp Insight EMEA Recap


NetApp Insight EMEA is all over and if you noticed I didn’t have any recaps posted, it was because I was INSANELY busy.

In addition to my sessions and the CFT demo, I also joined the TechONTAP podcast as a co-host, which is awesome – but when you have daily recaps, that means you are doing daily edits. So, not a lot of sleep involved.

If you’re interested, here are the daily recaps of the conference:

Day 1 Recap

Day 2 Recap

Day 3 Recap

Day 4 Recap

The Flash did make another appearance, and he even did a video with our All Flash FAS TME, Dan Isaacs called “Flash on Flash”:

I also had the opportunity to talk Data Fabric with NetApp A-Team member Paul Stringfellow:

Stay tuned for more information about 8.3.2 on this blog and by following me on Twitter @NFSDudeAbides, as well as listening to the TechONTAP podcast.