I am planning to upgrade my Ontap , My current version is 8.0.1 RC3 . Now what will be the latest version i can upgrade and how to check if my DiskShlef firmware and other Firmwares support this version or Independently i can upgrade Ontap Alone ??? Please let me know.
you can upgrade your dataontap version easly. each new firmware coming with new disk, shelf firmware. after upgrade completed successfully, disk and shelf firmware starting in background.
The important thing is you must read new ontap version description page. there are many alerts, pre requirement info at this page. You can find this page when you download new firmware from download.netapp.com.
Ontap 8.2 has a new improvements and new licensing model. may be you want to upgrade latest version of ontap 8.1.X . you can find details information on the new firmware description page or admin guide etc.
Let me know the version you are planning to upgrade because as per Netapp Upgrade guide it is stated FIRMWARE PACKAGES will be included in the ontap software itself so when you upgrade Ontap your disk and disk shelf firmware will be updated automatically for this you make sure that the below option is set to ON
No need to start CIFS manually ..... but when you try to giveback it may fail sometimes due to active cifs sessions , Do not use -F option when a giveback or takeover is not happening always refer to your /etc/messages and see what is the error you are getting in my case giveback didnot happened due to active CIFS sessions for this you can go to Oncommand System manager and choose to stop the service and try givebackup once giveback is successful don't forget to start the CIFS service back.............