What's new in ThinkSystem System Manager

System Manager includes the following new features.

New features in Version 11.70.1

New feature Description
FEC mode option in iSCSI configuration For storage arrays using the 25Gb iSCSI host interface card, a new option is available for setting the Forward Error Correction (FEC) mode when you configure iSCSI ports.
Sanitize (erase) capability added for non-FDE drives The drive sanitize feature now includes non-FDE drives in the procedure. From the Hardware page, you can open the Drive's context menu and select "Erase" (previously, this selection was "Secure Erase").
Remote Storage Volumes The optional Remote Storage Volumes feature allows you to import volumes from a remote storage system to a local DE Series storage system using an iSCSI connection. The remote storage may be the same brand as your DE Series system or from a different storage vendor, as long as it is accessible via iSCSI.
Secure connection for email alerts To enable encrypted email notifications, you can optionally configure outgoing emails (alerts, ASUP dispatches) to supply authentication credentials. Encryption types include SMTPS and STARTTLS.
AutoSupport additions An alert now appears in the Notifications area when AutoSupport is not enabled.
Syslog alert format change The Syslog alert format now supports RFC 5424.
External Key Management Server enhancements The feature for connecting to an external key management server includes the following enhancements:
  • Bypass the function for creating a backup key.
  • Choose an intermediate certificate for the key management server, in addition to the client and server certificates.
Certificate enhancements This release allows for using an external tool such as OpenSSL to generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR), which also requires you to import a private key file along with the signed certificate.
New Collect Configuration Data feature This new feature saves RAID configuration data from the controller, which includes all data for volume groups and disk pools (the same information as the CLI command for save storageArray dbmDatabase). This capability has been added to aid technical support and is located in the Diagnostics tab of the Support Center.
Change default preservation capacity for disk pools in 12 drive case Previously, a 12-drive disk pool was created with enough preservation (spare) capacity to cover two drives. The default is now changed to handle a single drive failure to offer a more cost-effective small pool default.

New features in Version 11.60.3

New feature Description
Option for sending AutoSupport dispatches on demand A new Send AutoSupport Dispatch feature in System Manager allows you to send data to technical support without waiting for a scheduled dispatch. This option is available in the AutoSupport tab of the Support Center.

New features in Version 11.60.2

New feature Description
Mirroring configuration changes The tasks for configuring synchronous and asynchronous mirrored pairs have moved from System Manager to SAN Manager. All other tasks for managing mirrored pairs remain in System Manager.
Delete mail server System Manager allowed a mail server to be configured, but did not have an easy mechanism to remove it. With this release, the mail server configuration in System Manager can now be removed from Alerts, so that alerts are no longer sent to the email addresses associated with this mail server.
New host types and categories When new hosts are being created, the presented options are now organized into three categories to provide better guidance: Common, Uncommon, and Use only if directed.
Downloadable CLI System Manager now includes the ability to download and install the ThinkSystem SAN OS command line interface (CLI) via a link in the Settings > System > Add-ons page. This is the https-based version of the CLI.
NVMe over FC host interface An NVMe over Fibre Channel host connection can now be configured for DE6000F or DE6000H 64GB controller models, in addition to the existing support for NVMe over RoCE. System Manager includes statistics for this new connection type in Settings > System under "NVMe over Fibre Channel details."
NVMe over RoCE interface An NVMe over RoCE host connection can now be configured for DE6000F or DE6000H 64GB controllers. System Manager includes new functions for configuring the network connection to the host (available from the Hardware page or from Settings > System), and functions for viewing data about the NVMe over RoCE connections to the storage array (available from Support > Support Center or from Settings > System).

New features in Version 11.50.3

This version includes only minor enhancements and fixes.

New features in Version 11.50.2

This version includes only minor enhancements and fixes.

New features in Version 11.50.1

This version includes only minor enhancements and fixes.

Version 11.50

Version 11.50 is the initial release of ThinkSystem System Manager.