2017-08-15 08:05 AM
I am in the process of trying to get SnapCenter working (and what a fun journey that is!). Despite being far along in the process, I still have some questions about what SnapCenter is doing. Below are my questions; if anyone if willing to take a crack at them it would be very appreciated. I am seeking answers that are simple and avoid a lot of NetApp specific terminology. (Caveat: Everything in the environment is virtual machines. We are only backing up VM's and it is all local. All NFS. VCSA 6.0u3 + SnapCenter 3.0.)
That's it for now. Overall feeling on the product is that it is not really convenient for people who are not NetApp professionals. We are a very small shop and as the sole ‘systems engineer’ products like this that have a higher learning curve are more difficult to integrate and use. I think making the install easier and more guided, combined with a simple run down of what the heck SnapCenter does (from a logical, no acronyms, nothing specific sense) would be very helpful. (What I mean is that, after 2-3 weeks of diving through documentation and trying to setup SnapCenter, I couldn’t give you a simple explanation of how it works and too me, that is bad.)
Thanks for any help!
2017-08-15 11:19 AM
Looks like you might benefit from talking with your account team and setting up a disucssion with the SnapCenter product team.
I'll see if I can help answer some of your questions:
Hope this helps,
2017-08-21 11:15 AM
I got the SnapCenter Vmware Plugin setup like I want (backing up whole datastores so I don't have to worry my admins don't add new servers to backups). I get how to mount a volume for file restore and how to restore a VM. BUT, how can I restore a VM and NOT OVERWRITE the existing? What I want to make it a new machine?