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SnapVault Integration with SnapManager Exchange

SME 5.0 looks to have integration with SnapVault. It looks like it's only available via Protection Manager. Infact, the software requirements list:

The following are the software dependencies for integrating SnapManager with data set and SnapVault:

  • Protection Manager 3.7 and later
  • NetApp Management Console 3.7 and later
  • SnapDrive for Windows 6.0 and later
  • Data ONTAP 7.3 or later

What is NetApp Management Console? The SME 5.0 Admin guide doesn't explain why it's needed or how the integration with Netapp Management Console is performed

http://now.netapp.com/NOW/knowledge/docs/SnapManager/relsme50/html/software/admin/dataset2.htm

It also implies that Data Fabric Manager is somehow required:

If Protection Manager is available, and SnapDrive is configured for DataFabric Manager, SnapManager automatically becomes aware of the data set. If Protection Manager is not available, SnapDrive informs SnapManager of its unavailability. SnapManager continues in the normal working mode, and remote backup is not supported.

Seems like a whole lot of extra software needed just to get SnapVault integration with SME. Does anyone have any experience with integrating SnapVault with SME? Are all of these products required?

Thanks

Re: SnapVault Integration with SnapManager Exchange

I will be upgrading to SME 5 from 3.2.1 this weekend and will report back how the snapvault goes.

We use the AT command to start snapshots {backup} then verification runs.  The command also has the snapvault start in it.

ie

"C:\Program Files\NetApp\SnapManager for Exchange\SnapBackup.exe" "%TARGETMBV%" -c "%TARGETVER%" 1 -s 4 "Storage Group 1" "Storage Group 2" "Storage Group 3" "Storage Group 4" -p 500 -mpdir "C:\Program Files\NetApp\SnapManager for Exchange\SnapMgrMountPoint" -mp -all -a "localhost" -r "T:\Snapvault_Script\snapvault_daily.bat" "$ExchSnapshot"

Bren

Re: SnapVault Integration with SnapManager Exchange

Hi Gents,

Just to claify,

In order to use the SnapManager for Exchange (SME) Integration with Protection Manager you will need the following as you pointed out

  • Protection Manager 3.7 and later #
  • NetApp Management Console 3.7 and later #
  • SnapDrive for Windows 6.0 and later #
  • Data ONTAP 7.3 or later

You get the NetApp Management Console from within DFM

See below

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If you want to experiment with this using your simulators or test kit

Create a SnapMirror/Vault releation ship using PM or Filerview for the volumes/Luns Exchange or SQL sit in, Then when you configure a backup using the backup wizard in SME/SMSQL you will find that certain parts are now availble and not greyed out that will allow you to configure snap mirror/vault operations after a SME/SMSQL backup has been created.

Also dont forget when you install SnapDrive to opt for the Protection Manager integration, If you havent selected this already you will have to run the install again update and select the PM integration

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If you need any further assistance please dont forget to call your partner or NetApp SE

Thanks

Steve

Re: SnapVault Integration with SnapManager Exchange

Do you mean we NEED protection manager to make snapvault work with SME5

or protection manager is optional as the SnapBackup.exe still works?

Re: SnapVault Integration with SnapManager Exchange

Sorry

Forgot SnapBackup.exe is no longer available and I need to use

new-backup -Server 'EXCHSRVR' -ManagementGroup'Standard' -NoTruncateLogs $False -RetainBackups 8 -Command -RunCommand 'C:\WINDOWS\system32\svript1.bat'-CommandServer'SNAPMGR-48' -StorageGroup 'alaska','3' -Verify -VerificationServer'Snapmgr-48' -Throttle 150 -UseMountPoint -MountPointDir'C:\ProgramFiles\NetApp\SnapManager for Exchange\SnapMgrMountPoint'

Bren

Re: SnapVault Integration with SnapManager Exchange

Yes,

If you want SnapVault to work with SME without scripting the updates manually after a backup then Protection Manager is your Friend.

R

Steve

Re: SnapVault Integration with SnapManager Exchange

Hi Bren,

If your referring to you using snapmanager.exe –restorearchive function in previous versions then you might want to take a look at

the Snapmanager for exchange power shell commandlet in SME5

If you are using the to restore from an archieve function or media that isn’t on the server then I would imagine you would need to use

-RestoreFromUnmanagedMedia<SwitchParameter>:

Use this parameter to restore backup sets that are archived on a server other than the server they were created on.

Note

You can restore the backups created on a different Exchange server to the server on which the restore operation was initiated. Before you can restore databases to servers other than your current Exchange server, you must remap the source LUNs to the current Exchange server, using the same drive letter that was assigned to the original Exchange server.

This is detailed in Page 434 of the IAG Installation and Administrators Guide

R

Steve

Re: SnapVault Integration with SnapManager Exchange

No

Just the normal backup.  Going to script it as is the DLA way... 

Bren

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Re: SnapVault Integration with SnapManager Exchange

Hey guys

Thanks very much guys for the information. I'll play with the SnapVault/PM/OM integration to get a better feel for it

Cheers

Ian

Re: SnapVault Integration with SnapManager Exchange

Also...just to clarify from a cost perspective....

  • Protection Manager - licensed per NetApp node
    • In order to use this, you need to already have purchased Operations Manager (licensed per node as well).
  • NetApp Management Console - free with Operations Manager
  • SnapDrive for Windows - licensed per Windows server but often included in bundles (it's required for SME anyway)
  • Data ONTAP 7.3 -- free of course (and even introduces some filer-based licenses for some software)