Query Oncommand Performance Manager (OPM) Database using Powershell


OnCommand Performance Manager (OPM) provides performance monitoring and event root-cause analysis for systems running clustered Data ONTAP software. It is the performance management part of OnCommand Unified Manager. OPM 2.1 is well integrated with Unified Manager 6.4. You can view and analyze events in the Performance Manager UI or view them in the Unified Manager Dashboard.

Performance Manager collects current performance data from all monitored clusters every five minutes (5, 10, 15). It analyzes this data to identify performance events and potential issues. It retains 30 days of five-minute historical performance data and 390 days of one-hour historical performance data. This enables you to view very granular performance details for the current month, and general performance trends for up to a year.

Accessing the Database

Using powershell you can query MySQL database and retrieve information to create performance charts in Microsoft Excel or other tools. In order to access OPM databse you’ll need a user created with “Database User” role.


The following databases are availbale in OPM 2.1

  • information_schema
  • netapp_model
  • netapp_model_view
  • netapp_performance
  • opm

Out of the above, the two databases that have more relevant information are “netapp_model_view” and “netapp_performance”Database “netapp_model_view” has tables that define the objects and relationships among the objects for which performance data is collected, such as aggregates, SVMs, clusters, volumes, etc.  Database netapp_performance has tables which contain the raw data collected as well as periodic rollups used to quickly generate the graphs OPM presents through its GUI.

Refer to MySQL function in my previous post on Querying OCUM Database using Powershell to connect to OPM database.

Understanding Database

OPM assigns each object (node, cluster, lif, port, aggregate, volumes etc.) a unique id. These id’s are independent of id’s in OCUM database. Theser id’s are stored in tables in “netapp_model_view” database. You can perform join on various tables through the object id’s.

Actual performance data is collected and stored in tables in “netapp_performance” database. All table have a suffix “sample_”. Each table row contains OPM object id for the object (node, cluster, lif, port, aggregate, volumes etc.), the timestamp of the collection and the raw data.

Few useful Database queries

Below example queries database to retrieve performance counter of a node.

Connect to “netapp_model_view” database and list the objid and name from table nodes

"MySQL -Query ""select objid,name from node"" | Format-Table -AutoSize"

Connect to “netapp_performance” database and export cpuBusy, cifsOps, avgLatency from table node

"MySQL -Query ""select objid,Date_Format(FROM_UNIXTIME(time/1000), '%Y:%m:%d %H:%i') AS Time,cpuBusy,cifsOps,avgLatency from sample_node where objid=2"" | Export-Csv -Path E:\snowy-01.csv -NoTypeInformation"

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