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.
- 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!
For cDOT 8.3.1 news, check out my other blog post.
The following covers the latest 8.3 patch release for the 8.3 flat version. I highly recommend going to the latest patch release of 8.3.1 instead.
UPDATE: 8.3P2 is now available!
8.3P2 can be found here:
Some of the pertinent NAS related bug fixes include:
If you’re planning on doing a transition from 8.2.x 7-mode to cDOT, be sure to use 8.3P2
Data ONTAP 8.3 was the first clustered Data ONTAP-only release delivered by NetApp – cloud-ready, with the closest feature parity ever in clustered Data ONTAP (cDOT) and richer feature sets than previous versions of cDOT. For more information on 8.3, check out the Top 5 Enhancements in Data ONTAP 8.3 and What’s New for NAS is Data ONTP 8.3.
Great. What’s a GA?
GA = General Availability
Prior to GA, 8.3 had two release candidate (RC) versions. RC versions have completed a rigorous set of internal NetApp tests and are are deemed ready for public consumption. Each release candidate would provide bug fixes that eventually lead up to the GA edition. Keep in mind that all release candidates are fully supported by NetApp, even if there is a GA version available. However, while RC is perfectly fine to run in production environments, GA is the recommended version of any ONTAP software release.
This NetApp page (requires NOW account) discusses the differences between the types of release in more detail:
NetApp Release Model (Post July 2010)
Awesome! Where can I get it?
The download page for the Data ONTAP 8.3 release can be found here:
For Data ONTAP 8.3 product documentation:
For the Data ONTAP 8.3 express guides:
Upgrade and enjoy!