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Help: Understanding Volume available space

Hey guys,

I have a question about available space on NetApp FAS system.

Here the givens:

Volume - 400GB / Flexible / 10% Snapshot reserve

One LUN in this Volume - 150,0021GB / Space Reserved

So my calculation is:

400GB - 150GB - 150GB (first Snapshot) - 40GB = 60GB available

two questions:

-there is more than one snapshot available... how is it possible, that my volume available storage shows: 77,5GB?

-Snapshots are stored in normal data space... when data space is full, they will use the snapshot reserve... right?

thanks for your help

regards!

Re: Help: Understanding Volume available space

Data will never live in snapshot space

Snapshots however can live in data space

Re: Help: Understanding Volume available space

OK, thanks for your fast response.

that means, that I'm right, saying, that for snapshots the data space is used and when data space is full snapshots will use their reserved space?

regards

Re: Help: Understanding Volume available space

If you set snapreserve then snapshots will live there. Once your snapshots

take up all the reserve, they either rotate off or fail, depending on your

setup

Re: Help: Understanding Volume available space

Sorry, but that’s completely wrong. Snap reserve never limited how much space snapshots can consume.

You can set policy to delete snapshots if snapreseve gets full (which is not default) but it will never cause snapshots to fail.

Re: Help: Understanding Volume available space

You're correct.

However if the data side is full and your snap reserve is full then it

might happen.

Re: Help: Understanding Volume available space

Thats my thoughts to... I need to know... Is my calculation right? (see first post)

it's based on the thoughts, that snapshots use the dataspace and when it's full they will use the snapshot reserved space... can you please take a look on my calculation?

thanks

regards

Re: Help: Understanding Volume available space

Err, not exactly.

Snap reserve space will show used for changed blocks as data in the LUN is overwritten after taking a snapshot.

Fractional reserve is another mechanism for reserving space in a volume for overwriting blocks in a LUN which has had a snapshot taken.

Snap reserve is usualy set to zero for volumes containing a LUN, given that we have Fractional reserve to use to guarantee overwrites.

See the 'Storage Provisioning' section of the 'Block Access Management Guide'.

There's also an excellent TR on thin provisioning in a SAN environment:

http://media.netapp.com/documents/tr-3483.pdf

You may also wish to look at tr3563.


I hope this response has been helpful to you.

At your service,


Eugene E. Kashpureff
ekashp@kashpureff.org
Fastlane NetApp Instructor and Independent Consultant
http://www.fastlaneus.com/ http://www.linkedin.com/in/eugenekashpureff

(P.S. I appreciate points for helpful or correct answers.)

Re: Help: Understanding Volume available space

OK, thanks... I got this...

but  is my calculation in the first post right? How is it possible to have  more free space than calculated... with more than one snapshot??? (I  calculated with one snapshot)

Please take a look at it...

Thanks!

regards

Re: Help: Understanding Volume available space

Your calculation in the first post is close, but the LUN wasn't full of data.

The LUN cost you  150G, but the first snap only took ~133G more, 'cause you

only had that much data written to the LUN. Additional snapshots would only

take up the delta ammount of space.

With fractional reserve at 100% ONTAP guaranteed space to write 150G more.

I hope this response has been helpful to you.

At your service,


Eugene E. Kashpureff
ekashp@kashpureff.org
Fastlane NetApp Instructor and Independent Consultant
http://www.fastlaneus.com/ http://www.linkedin.com/in/eugenekashpureff

(P.S. I appreciate points for helpful or correct answers.)