2015-02-05 05:42 AM - edited 2015-12-18 12:20 AM
I have a customers that would like to run virtualized Lotus Domino Servers and use SnapCreator to create app-consistend snapshots.
They would like to use Fibre Channel as the connection protocol. The customer would also like to use single item restore.
There are multiple question:
a) Can the Lotus Domino data be residing in a FC mapped data store? Dedicated data store and vmdk for Lotus Notes?
b) Can I use raw device mapping (RDM) to map a FC LUN into the VM and put the Lotus Domino Data there?
I know that iSCSI LUN directly into the VM would work, but that is not possible at this customer. I'm also aware that to use single item restore in a SAN environment there are multiple steps.
Hyper visor is VMWARE ESX 5.5
DataStores mounted via FibreChannel
Guest OS is Windows 2012 R2
SnapDrive installed: yes
Lotus Notes 9.x
Netapp FAS8020 7mode 8.2.x
Thanks in advance,
2015-02-06 05:47 AM
While this will work in a FC environment, I would recommend using RDM LUNs as opposed to using VMDKs.
Snap Creator can't see within a VMDK, and as such we will not be able to perform a single file restore operation.
However a RDM LUN will work fine.
Please note that using a RDM LUN will require you to use the --custom action to perform a single file restore, this is a CLI only operation.
Since you're looking at Windows you will also want to be sure to use SnapDrive for Windows through Snap Creator.
Hope this helps.