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How Data ONTAP Upgrade Advisor helps to perform a Data ONTAP upgrade or revert to an earlier version?

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Applies to

  • Clustered Data ONTAP 8
  • Data ONTAP 7 and earlier
  • AutoSupport


The Data ONTAP Upgrade Advisor is a tool within Active IQ that will provide a plan with steps and commands to successfully perform a Data ONTAP upgrade or revert. The plan also contains context-sensitive links to the following:

  • Pre and post-upgrade checks
  • Issues and risk exposures
  • Data ONTAP Release Notes
  • Data ONTAP binaries
  • Links to shelf module, system, and diagnostic FW

Note: AutoSupport must be enabled and working for the tool to work. Data ONTAP Upgrade Advisor  uses the information within the latest AutoSupport available from the system to generate the plan. To enable or configure AutoSupport, visit the AutoSupport page on the NetApp Support site.
It is the WEEKLY_LOG autosupports that the Advisor uses. Manually uploading ASUPs with that as the -message tag will be used by the advisor.

Creating a Data ONTAP upgrade/revert plan:

  1. Log in to the NetApp Support site and click Active IQ from the top navigation
  2. Click the link Launch Active IQ from the Active IQ page
  3. Follow the steps below to generate a plan:
 Data ONTAP 7 and 8 7-Mode Systems  Data ONTAP 8 Cluster-Mode Systems
  •  Enter your filer serial number, hostname or system ID and click Search.
  • In the next screen, under System Tools (on the left), click Upgrade Advisor.
  • Select the system or a group of systems and click Continue.
  • Select the target Data ONTAP version, method and click Continue.
  • Once the plan is generated is generated:
    • You can read the plan on screen
    • You can download an XLS version of the plan
    • You can download a PDF version of the plan
  • Enter the Cluster name and click Search
  • In the next screen, under Cluster Tools (on the left), click Upgrade Advisor
  • In the next screen, select the nodes a  plan is needed for
  • From the bottom of the screen, select the target version for upgrade, Method of upgrade, format of the plan and provide an e-mail address, and click Generate
  • You can click the Upgrade Request Status tab to see the status of your plan generation request
  • Once the plan is generated, it will be e-mailed to the e-mail address provided
  • You can also download the plan from the Download Upgrade Plan tab

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