Archive for October, 2013

EMC Isilon OneFS 7.1 now available!

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

It’s here! The latest major release of EMC Isilon’s operating system, OneFS version 7.1, is now available to download and install.

The Isilon OneFS 7.1 release includes new features, enhancements, and our most comprehensive set of product guides to date. Over the next month, we’ll highlight some of these new features, such as enhancements to SMB auditing and job engine performance. To learn about new features and functionality, visit the EMC Pulse Product & Technology Blog for an overview, or review the following documents available from the EMC Online Support site:

For general information about how OneFS 7.1 can help you with big data storage, watch the webinar, “IDC and EMC: Strategies to Meet the Evolving Big Data Storage Challenge.

How to upgrade to OneFS 7.1

Explore your upgrade options by reviewing the Isilon Supportability and Compatibility Guide* and the OneFS Upgrade Planning and Process Guide*.

Then, visit the Isilon OneFS Install, License, and Configure page* on the EMC Online Support site. On this page, you’ll find all the information you need to complete the steps below:

New product guides available

All product documentation related to OneFS 7.1 is now available on the EMC Online Support site. We’re excited to introduce several new guides with this release:

  • OneFS CLI Administration Guide*
    This guide, formerly known as the OneFS Command Reference, provides task-based instructions on how to configure OneFS through the command-line interface.
  • OneFS Security Configuration Guide*
    This new guide provides an overview of all the security features in OneFS, with pointers to instructions in the OneFS Web Administration Guide on how to configure those features. This information was previously available in the administration guide; however, this new guide highlights security features.
  • OneFS Site Preparation and Planning Guide*
    This new guide provides information about hardware requirements and guidelines to help system administrators and facility managers plan for and implement an Isilon cluster.
  • OneFS Upgrade Planning and Process Guide*
    This new guide provides considerations that users should take into account when deciding to upgrade to any version of OneFS, and provides information on tasks that users should perform to prepare the cluster for the upgrade.

To see a complete list of all OneFS 7.1-related documentation, please visit the Isilon OneFS Support page* on the EMC Online Support site.


* Note: you must log in to access documents on the EMC Online Support site.


OneFS upgrade tip from the Uptime Bulletin newsletter

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

Each quarter EMC Isilon produces a technical newsletter called the Uptime Bulletin. This newsletter provides product tips and announcements. You can access our first issue of the EMC Isilon Uptime Bulletin (PDF) on the EMC Online Support site (login required).

The first issue includes the following Isilon OneFS tip about upgrading.

Reboot your cluster before an upgrade

Before upgrading to the latest version of OneFS, it helps to be prepared. Assessing compatibility, gathering cluster information, and following best practices during the pre-upgrade window will ensure that the upgrade process goes smoothly.

One of the pre-upgrade steps that EMC Isilon recommends is to reboot your clusters. A reboot ensures a clean state for the upgrade process, and it usually takes fewer than fifteen minutes for simultaneous reboots (where all the nodes in a cluster are restarted at the same time). This recommendation is particularly applicable to clusters that have run a long time without a cluster-wide reboot event.

A cluster reboot can help you to:

  • Identify failing hardware
  • Ensure that cluster configurations, such as share and export configurations, are saved and persist through a reboot
  • Distinguish among problems that might occur either during the reboot process or during the upgrade process

Overall, a pre-upgrade reboot can make it easier for EMC Customer Services to diagnose and resolve any upgrade-related issues quickly. In an ideal upgrade window, you should also test client services after a reboot and before the upgrade. This gives you the opportunity to validate the upgrade verification tests.

For more information about the OneFS upgrade process

Visit the EMC Online Support site to access the following PDF guides (login required), which help you prepare for the upgrade process for OneFS 6.5–7.0:

If you have questions about the upgrade process, please visit the Contact EMC Technical Support site (login required) for contact information.


How to find Isilon content on EMC Online Support

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein

When you have a question about an EMC Isilon product, where should you start?

The EMC Online Support website is the good place to visit for information about Isilon products. Log onto to access Isilon support content such as:

  • Current Isilon software and firmware releases
  • Supportability and compatibility guides
  • Knowledgebase articles
  • Administration guides
  • Patches for Isilon OneFS
  • OneFS release notes
  • Product downloads

Quickly find Isilon support content

EMC Online Support uses a product-focused navigation and search engine infrastructure. It helps to focus your search on the Isilon product you’re most interested in. Start at the Support by Product page and select a product, such as Isilon OneFS. You’ll land on the OneFS support page, which contains links to useful content and topics.

For more tips on how to quickly locate the information you need, watch our ID.TV video, “How to find Isilon content on EMC Online Support.”

Welcome to the ISI Knowledge blog

Kirsten Gantenbein

Kirsten Gantenbein

Principal Content Strategist at EMC Isilon Storage Division
Kirsten Gantenbein
Kirsten Gantenbein


Welcome to the Isilon Information Development (ID) group blog, ISI Knowledge. Our group writes product guides, knowledgebase articles, release notes, and technical white papers. We also produce an ongoing video series called ID.TV. Our goal is to create a wide variety of Isilon product and support content to help you make the most of your Isilon products. We love what we do!

You can find our content on EMC Online Support,, and YouTube.

A source for Isilon support content

So what can you find on the ISI Knowledge blog? We’ll post highlights and links to the most helpful Isilon support content we have to offer. Visit us weekly to read about:

  • New videos
  • Popular support topics
  • Product tips and techniques
  • Announcements and updates from the ID group

And be sure to tell us which Isilon support topics you most want to hear about. You can leave a comment on this blog or email us at

We hope to hear from you!