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What is the upgrade matrix for storage clusters running NetApp Element software?

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  • NetApp SolidFire All Flash Arrays 
  • NetApp SolidFire Cluster Performance 
  • NetApp Element software 

Answer

This article provides information about the NetApp Element software upgrade versions and paths.

The information in this article is applicable to all NetApp HCI and all-flash storage platforms, unless noted otherwise. Any Element version that is not shown in this table might be unsupported or in the limited support period and would need assistance from NetApp Support to perform the upgrade.

Note: Always install and use the latest version of HealthTools to upgrade the Element version on your storage cluster. For the detailed upgrade procedure, see here

Important: Element 12.3 is the final version that you can upgrade using NetApp HealthTools. If you are running Element 11.3 or newer, you should use NetApp Hybrid Cloud Control to upgrade Element software. You can upgrade Element versions 11.1 or earlier using NetApp HealthTools.

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*: Pre-upgrade Healthchecks are supported starting with Element 9.3. 

: Fibre-channel nodes FC0025 and FCN001 are not supported with these Element versions.

^: In instances where we use .x, it indicates all . versions of the release. For example, 10.x includes all versions of Element 10.0, that is, 10.1, 10.2, and so on.

This table shows the supported upgrade paths for Element. Find the version that your storage cluster is currently running in the first column to know the target Element versions the cluster can be upgraded to. 

If your cluster currently runs Element version... You can upgrade to these versions using management node running Element version 10.x You can upgrade to these versions using management node running Element version 11.x
Note: If you can upgrade using both 10.x and 11.x, use the 11.x management node.
Management node 11.3+ requires Element 11.3+ on the storage cluster to support the new management node architecture.
9.0* 9.5.1, 10.1, 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^ 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^
9.1* 9.5.1, 10.1, 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^ 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^
9.2.0* 9.5.1, 10.1, 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^ 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^
9.2.1* 9.5.1, 10.1, 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^ 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^
9.3 9.5.1, 10.1, 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^ 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^
9.4 9.5.1, 10.1, 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^ 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^
9.5.0 9.5.1, 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^ 10.4, 10.5, 10.6
9.5.1 10.4.1, 10.4.2†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^ 10.4.1, 10.4.2†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^
10.0 10.1, 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^ 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^, 11.0.x†^, 11.1.x^, 11.3P1, 11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8
10.1 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^ 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^, 11.0.x†^, 11.1.x^, 11.3P1, 11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8
10.2 10.3.0, 10.3.1,10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^ 10.3.1, 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^, 11.0.x†^, 11.1.x^, 11.3P1, 11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8
10.3.0 10.3.1,10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^ 10.3.1, 10.4.x†^, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^, 11.0.x†^, 11.1.x^, 11.3P1, 11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8
10.3.1 10.4.1,10.4.2†, 10.5.x†^, 10.6.x†^ 10.4.1, 10.4.2, 10.5.1, 10.6.1, 11.1.x^, 11.3P1, 11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8
10.4.0 10.4.1, 10.4.2, 10.5†^, 10.6†^ 10.4.1, 10.4.2, 10.5, 10.6, 11.0, 11.1.x^, 11.3P1, 11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8
10.4.1 10.4.2, 10.5.1, 10.6 10.4.2, 10.5.x^, 10.6.x†^, 11.1.x^, 11.3P1, 11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8
10.4.2 10.5.1, 10.6.1  10.5.1, 10.6.1, 11.1.1^, 11.3.2, 11.5.x, 11.7, 11.8
10.5.0 10.5.1, 10.6.x†^ 10.5.1, 10.6.x†^, 11.1.1^, 11.3P1, 11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8
10.5.1 10.6.1 10.6.1, 11.1.1^, 11.3P1, 11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8
10.6 10.6.1 10.6.1, 11.1.x^, 11.3P1, 11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8
10.6.1   11.1.1^, 11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8
11.0.0   11.0.2†, 11.1.x^, 11.3P1, 11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8, 12.x
11.0.2   11.1.1^, 11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8, 12.x
11.1.0   11.1.x^, 11.3P1, 11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8, 12.x
11.1.1   11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8, 12.x
11.3.0   11.3P1, 11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8, 12.x
11.3.1 (11.3P1)   11.3.2, 11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8, 12.x
11.3.2   11.5.x^, 11.7, 11.8, 12.x
11.5.0   11.5.1, 11.7, 11.8, 12.x
11.5.1   11.7, 11.8, 12.x
11.7   11.8, 12.x
11.8   12.x
12.0   12.2, 12.3
12.2   12.3
 

 

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