I'm aware of the following post which outlines many user's woes with the OnTAP 9.8 GUI (including my own). Now that many of us are on 9.9.1, I'm starting a thread to summarize what issues remain on this version. Hopefully this can 'go up the chain' to encourage further restoration of functionality that was stripped out of 9.8 and above.
Please chime in if you've had the same or additional issues. Also, if someone is aware, please let us know if any of these issues are resolved in 9.10.1. For the record, I really like the new GUI as a whole and find the new features useful, but the loss of very basic and critical functionality at the same time takes away from the enjoyment to say the least.
Just stumbled across another pretty major one. I must confess I don't understand why NetApp would remove the ability to choose from the available efficiency policies!!
Does anyone know how to show efficiency statistics at the command prompt? Specifically, I want to see the same thing that previously appeared in the GUI - the amount of TB/GB saved from deduplication, compression, and total, on a per-volume basis. "Last operation size" seems to just tell me what was saved in the last operation, and "logical data size" only tells me what the current logical data size is, now how much in total is currently saved by efficiency jobs.
Disregard my last question, I stumbled across the answer. "Space Saved by Storage Efficiency" is in the volume show command, as well as breakdown by type of efficiency.
MAN this new GUI is a HUGE series of continual pain points that have been unnecessarily introduced.
Viewing efficiency at the volume level only presents a small subset of the efficiency picture. Here is a KB that gives some direction on how to view efficiency in current releases including System Manager: https://kb.netapp.com/Advice_and_Troubleshooting/Data_Storage_Software/ONTAP_OS/How_to_view_ONTAP_storage_efficiency_savings_using_various_methods
Thank you @mcgue ! Good to have this for completeness. The ratios aren't particularly helpful to me, so the only one of these that is helpful is AIUM. I had forgotten I can add columns / filter in AIUM to get the closest equivalent to what we had in the pre-9.7 System Manager GUI.
I sincerely hope that NetApp is paying attention to our constant frustrations with the new 9.8+ interface. As noted above, the new features are actually pretty great but I can truly say I am notably and significantly less productive with this interface due to the extra work required to do very basic things.
Adding another item to the list.
Yet another example of dropped productivity. I've never configured portsets at the command line so now I have to look that up, troubleshoot it, and rewrite our documentation.
Actually, just found out that portsets are back in 9.10.1 so at least we are moving in the right direction. Really disappointed that I've heard virtually nothing about the rest, and they are the more common tasks.
Wow. Just wow. This is probably the absolute worst one I've found. How much more basic can you get than the ability to create a volume? When I use the GUI, the SVM drop-down list doesn't include my two most used SVMs which host iSCSI LUNs! How is that even possible??
I can't believe I'm about to write this, but here we go.
It's hard to believe. I even had to go to LOD to check.
It's true. Apparently System Manager is forcing GUI users to create only LUNs on SAN SVMs.
Even 9.11.1 is the same way.
When creating NAS volumes you select the Volume link, while creating SAN LUNs you select the LUN link. When creating a LUN it will create the underlying volume at the same time.
Wow @pedro_rocha , that is unbelievable and terrible news. I would have expected NetApp to have corrected this swiftly.
@mcgue thank you for this information. As a point of feedback, I am astonished that NetApp would revert the GUI in this way from a very intuitive and easy tool to an extremely difficult and non-intuitive tool. Who would ever expect that a volume would automatically be created by creating a LUN?
On top of that, I just tried the LUN creation wizard in the GUI just to see how it works. It is awful for numerous reasons:
BOTTOM LINE: for the first time in over 10 years of using NetApp, I will not be able to use the GUI to create volumes or LUNs anymore until this is fixed. This is true in numerous areas actually. I'm having to expend tons of time rewriting our internal documentation to train fellow admins on how to work their way through the command line because the GUI has been converted from an extremely useful tool to a nearly useless tool. I really hate saying that but it is accurate. I really hope NetApp is listening, but based on 9.11.1 being the same in this area I'm less hopeful.