2010-09-20 07:33 AM
Features of This Release
SnapDrive 6.3 for Windows includes the following major new and enhanced features:
SnapDrive 6.3 currently has the following limitations:
Considerations when using Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator include the following:
2010-09-20 08:04 AM
Many thanks for posting this.
There is another discussion re SDW 6.3 over here:
One bit listed below proves to be confusing:
"Support for performing Snapshot copy operations on virtual machine disks (VMDKs) in an NFS or VMFS datastore, which requires Virtual Storage Console 2.0.1 or later."
It worked for me nicely with VSC 2.0, so the question is - is it really the case that 2.0.1 is a must &, if that's the case, when roughly it will be available?
2010-09-20 01:33 PM
VSC 2.0.1 is the official release with supported features for the SDW 6.3 , SMSQL 5.1, VSC 2.0.1 integration. There may have been a few bits in 2.0 but supported version is 2.0.1.
New release includes:
All features of VSC 2.0 +
VMDK integration with SDW 6.3 and SMSQL 5.1. SnapDrive for Windows 6.3 provides support for backup/restore operation on VMDK disks in VMware Windows GuestOS created on VMware ESX hosts. SnapManager products should be able to host the application data on VMDK disk backed by NetApp storage( NFS and VMFS) and do their backup and restore operation on these disks as they do on normal NetApp LUN. In this release, a wizard has been added in the installation screen to provide VSC 2.0.1 (SMVI) configuration details.SDW uses https protocol 8043 to communicate to the VSC (SMVI) server. The availability of VMDK disks will be dependent on the VSC (SMVI) server. If VSC (SMVI)server is not available due to some reason, the RDMs(FC,ESX iSCSI,HW iSCSI) and MS iSCSI LUNs must be available for all SDW operations. Users can create VMDK files in NFS and / or VMFS datastores and attach these VMDK files as virtual disks to the virtual machines. SDW 6.3 uses the APIs provided by VSC (SMV)I to discover these virtual disks and present them to the host. SMSQL 5.1 will treat the VMDK disks as any other normal luns and let the user perform Configuration / Backup / Restore / Clone.
VMware View 4.5 support (backwards compatible with View 4.0 also)
2010-09-21 06:28 AM
Also to add further.
Main features and enhancements in this release.
1. Enable VMware VMDK NFS and VMFS support
- Ensures SMSQL can protect SQL databases when databases are stored on VMware VMDK backed by NFS or VMFS datastore.
-- SME will NOT be supported because of VMDK VSS limitations.
2. VMDK NFS Space Reclamation
- Increases the efficiency of snapshot copies on the NFS volume, reducing the amount of space.
Note: Support for VMDKs in an NFS or VMFS datastore requires Virtual Storage Console 2.0.1 or later. Please check the availability of Virtual Storage Console 2.0.1 and install it before using this feature.
3. LUN scalability and performance improvements
- Improved backup and restores operations.
4. RBAC credential caching
- Continued SnapDrive operations during transient Operations Manager outage.
5. SDW and VMware SRM interoperability
- Enables automated disaster recovery failover of Microsoft Applications