SSMC 2.3 – What’s New?

SSMC 2.3 is now available for download from the 3PAR Software Depot, the documentation that goes with it can be found here.


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

VV Template

  • Additional actions are available from the host set menu so volume can be exported at this level

host set export

  • 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.

default reports

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.

report list

  • 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.


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3PAR SSMC page cannot be displayed

I had a situation the other day where I couldn’t get connected to the SSMC, I kept getting a page cannot be displayed message. I spent a good amount of time checking logs, restarting services and swearing.

page cannot be displayed


After some time the solution turned out to be blindingly obvious, the browser I was trying to connect from wasn’t supported. To save someone else the pain here is the list of supported browsers on SSMC 2.2:


  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 and 11
  • Google Chrome versions 37, 38, 40, 41, 43, and 44
  • Mozilla Firefox versions 32, 33, 36, 37, 38, and 39

SSMC 2.2 – What’s New

A new release of SSMC is now available from the 3PAR Software depot.  As the numbering would suggest SSMC 2.2 is  evolution and not revolution.  2.2 adds additional features and scalability, lets take a look at what’s new:


  • Number of systems supported doubles from 16 to 32
  • Support for the new 8000 and 20,000 series is added
  • iSCSI VLAN tagging

Additional block features

The following features can now be configured using SSMC

  • Adaptive flash cache

  • Priority optimization



Remote Copy

  • Topology diagram
  • Async streaming – also announced at HP Discover makes it’s first appearance
  • RC links performance
  • Peer persistence enhancements

Remote Copy

File persona

  • Multiple NICs supported
  • Support usage of the RCIP port for File
  • New AV vendors

System reporter

  • System reporter gets some additional reports including AFC
  • Compare by feature
  • Export to CSV / PDF

If your new to using SSMC check out my newbies guide.


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