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What is the relationship between DFM, OnCommand Unified Manager Core, Performance Advisor, Protection Manager, NetApp Management Console, etc?

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Applies to

  • DFM
  • OnCommand Unified Manager Core
  • Performance Advisor
  • Protection Manager
  • NetApp Management Console(NMC)


DataFabric Manager (DFM) is the backing application and DB. This changed to Operations Manager(OM) with DFM 4.x and Oncommand Core Unified Manager(OCUM)

with 5.x

There are multiple interfaces.

  • CLI - Primarily used for troubleshooting.
  • Operations Manager(Legacy Webui)
    • Reports
    • Backup
    • Recovery
  • Oncommand Console(Webui)
    • New Reports
  • Netapp Management Console(NMC)(Java client)
    • Protection Manager(7-mode only) -
      • Used to manage backups/restores/local snapshots
    • Performance Advisor(7-mode only)
      • Used to monitor performance and set event thresholds
    • Provisioning Manager(7-mode only)
      • Used to for provisioning primary volumes.


OnCommand Unified Manager 6.x and newer(Active IQ Unified Manager as of 9.6) are independent from 5.x and earlier releases.

OnCommand System Manager(OCSM) is a fully independent application from all of the above. It is used to view then-current data and administer both Data ONTAP 7-Mode and Clustered Data ONTAP. It has no caching or alerting capabilities. For 7-mode systems there is a stand-alone client. For Clustered Data ONTAP systems, System Manager runs on-box for the cluster.

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