I currently manage 4 Cisco M9509 directors running SAN-OS 3.3(1a). I am managing the fabric using Fabric Manager 5.0.1(a). We intend to upgrade the SAN-OS version to the latest recommended release (possibly a staged upgrade where necessary) once we have discontinued the legacy HBA hardware that was holding us back. We do not use Fabric Manager Server (FMS). In addition, we will shortly be managing the estate using Windows 7 32-bit rather than Windows XP.
1) With this in mind, based on backward manageability what is the most recent releases of Fabric Manager that I should be using currently and what should I be using once we go to the most recent SAN-OS available for the m9509 directors?.
2) Should I be using Data Center Network Manager instead of Fabric Manager once I'm on the latest SAN-OS or should this only be used to replace larger installations that currently use Cisco FMS?.
The Cisco website states the following:
Note This Important Change
As of NX-OS 5.2, Cisco Fabric Manager and FMS will be known as Cisco Data Center Network Manager for SAN
Many thanks for any advice.