The selection of a master or slave now takes into account both the status and mode, when before it only used the mode. Ignoring the status was problematic as, for example, an unreachable server's status is marked as FAULTY while the mode does not change. (Bug #21203824)
MySqlConnection.Open()with Connector/NET 6.9.6 would fail and raise the error "Unable to connect to Fabric server". (Bug #20983968)
Connections to MySQL server 5.7 now default to using SSL.
The commercial MySQL Enterprise Monitor plugin was updated to function with TLSv1.1 and TLSv1.2.