Those that follow the blog regularly will know that my long standing gripe is the navigation within SSMC. Unfortunately this does not seem to have been addressed in 2.3, this release focuses mainly on bringing additional functionality to the console and improving reporting. Some of the highlights of the new release include:
- VV templates are now supported. They can be created via the main menu, block persona, templates
- Additional actions are available from the host set menu so volume can be exported at this level
- Dedupe estimation available via the actions menu
- Capabilities view shows if a volume is configured for AFC, AO, RC or QoS. This can be seen when looking at a volume and selecting settings from the action menu.
- The additional control over AO which was previously only available via the CLI is now in the GUI. I am still really interested to try this feature which allows min and max space settings to be set for each tier so you have more control over where the system pushes regions.
- Layout view from the system pane allows the utilisation for each physical device to be viewed. This is useful but I would still like to see a pictorial view displaying all the physical cages and which drive slots are populated and with which disk type. This would make planning disk upgrades much easier.
- Services view shows information for VASA Provider, SNMP Trap Destinations, SMI-S CIM Server, and WSAPI Provider
- Capacity Efficiency, Deduplication, Snapshot Efficiency, and Thin Reclamation views have been added to the Systems list pane.
- Reports previously had to be saved to PDF or CSV and mailed to anyone else who needed to see them. Now these same reports can be saved within SSMC to an NFS or SMB share. To save to the shared directory you need to setup a shared directory path which you find under main menu, general settings.
- Default single click reports are now available. You select to run the default reports and in one hit it runs all the reports without asking you for prompts. These cover off some of the common performance reports you will want to see for things like node disk and port performance.
This is great new feature which will get you up and running quickly when you want to look into performance issues. An example of the default reports you will see when you choose to run them is shown below.
- Additional compare by reports, these reports cover things like controller node CPU, volumes and drives
I have updated my SSMC from 2.2 to 2.3 and everything went smoothly and all my settings were preserved. It is a simple next, next through a wizard which I have documented previously.