Announcing OnCommand System Manager 2.2 Storage Management Software

Written by Brenda Ioris



Newbies and experts welcome


It’s often easy to make the argument that “the future’s just not what it used to be” for almost any profession.  In a recent blog  Paul Venezia points out that the challenge of keeping up with the progress of information technology, along with a mushrooming number of applications, connected devices and corresponding IT silos, is making it hard for IT administrators to be generalists. 

IDC predicts that in 2013, nearly 70 percent of workloads will be virtualized; adding more levels of abstraction, specialization and complexity to our networks.

So, wouldn’t it be nice if you could manage your storage resources without having to be an expert in that, too?  The latest release of OnCommand® System Manager 2.2 storage management software offers administrators a simple, powerful, browser-based management tool that is designed to make it easy to configure and manage individual NetApp® storage systems.  It comes with wizards and workflows that simplify common storage tasks, save time, and prevent errors.


Generally available this week, System Manager 2.2 supports Data ONTAP 8.2 and the new licensing schema that is native to Data ONTAP 8.2.

In addition, System Manager 2.2 includes the following new features:

  • 17 wizards for 7-Mode and clustered Data ONTAP operations, to simplify many complex administrative tasks so that they take just minutes to complete
  • Support for SnapVault software, for efficient disk-to-disk backup of NetApp storage for 7-Mode controllers.
    • Monitoring and discovery support for Flash Cache, the NetApp flash-based external hardware memory module that can be installed on a storage system to optimize overall storage system performance
    • Monitoring support for aggregates to help maximize your data storage space
    • Support for Data ONTAP 8.2 licensing

A complete list of new browser and OS versions supported, such as Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, as well as the latest Java platform, Java 7, can be found in the product release notes.

There is no additional cost to use System Manager storage management software. No license is required, entitlement and support comes with a purchase of NetApp FAS or V-Series hardware. What could be easier?

If you’re a NetApp customer, you can download the new System Manager from the NetApp Support site. You will need your NetApp credentials to access the Download section.


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Hello, great news!

But, when will it be GA? And what happened to 2.1 (I do not see it in the support site for download)?

Kind regards,

Pedro Rocha.

Hi Pedro,

If there are no critical bugs identified after 6 weeks of any System Manager RC release, it will be marked GA. So , 6 weeks from now this
release System Manager 2.2RC1 should ideally become GA ( assuming that thereare no critical bugs identified in the release).

v2.1 is archived and can be accessed from the archive section ( at the end of software download page )

Hope that helps,



Is there a version of this for Mac OS? Would really really be great to have that as a supported platform going forward.

brendai Netapp Alumni

Hi Dan,

We don't have a MacOS version but I've passed your request on to the Product Management team.



Any reason why system manager 2.2 doesn't support 8.0.1?

OnCommand® System Manager 2.2 for Windows® - Description

Your storage systems must be running any of the following versions of Data ONTAP:

  • Data ONTAP 7.3.x (starting from 7.3.7)
  • Data ONTAP 8.0.4 and 8.0.5 operating in 7-Mode
  • Data ONTAP 8.1.2
  • Data ONTAP 8.1.3
  • Data ONTAP 8.2

Hi Dan,

We always qualify the latest 2  releases . In this case we have qualified on 8.0.4 and 8.0.5.

Hope that helps,


Hi all,

Any chance that it does not manage all versions/kind/type of Flash Cache ?

With this version, when opening Configuration / Flash Cache, I just obtain "Flash Cache is not licensed".

But it is ! Moreover, I can see the PAMII license in the System Tools Licenses list.

Any idea ?



Can you please share the screenshot of  License list page where you are seeing the PAMII license?


Hi Karthik,

Here are the screenshots, one seeing the error message and the other on le PAMII license.

Hope it helps !

Anyway, thanks for your interest.

Up !

No one could help ?