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Snapvault integration with cDOT 8.2 and VSC 5.0 GA

Hello

I am trying to setup in our lab Snapvault integration between two cDOT Cluster in our lab.

Source cDOT 8.2.1

Destination cDOT 8.2

I created the job in the VSC 5.0 and the snapshot shows the expected snapmirror-label

pdjnetapp::> snap show -vserver vmware -volume pdj_replication -snapshot smvi__Daily_SnapVault_recent -fields snapmirror-label

vserver volume          snapshot                     snapmirror-label

------- --------------- ---------------------------- ----------------

vmware  pdj_replication smvi__Daily_SnapVault_recent VSC_JOB_DAILY

I created a Protection policy including the VSC_JOB_DAILY on the destination cluster

vsim-demolab::> snapmirror policy show -policy VSC_SnapVault_Daily -fields snapmirror-label

vserver          policy              snapmirror-label

---------------- ------------------- ----------------

vmware-nfs-iscsi VSC_SnapVault_Daily VSC_JOB_DAILY

When I configure the protection in order to initialize it in System Manager with the Vault Policy I have a information about Snapshot not matching labels.

When I try to update through VSC or manually through System manager, nothing get transfered to the secondary.

I must be missing a step but I can't see which one and the documentation is not very helpful in that case

Any ideas ?

Thank you

Re: Snapvault integration with cDOT 8.2 and VSC 5.0 GA

Did you ever get this to work? I read the manual but it the info on snapvault and vsc 5.x is very small.

Re: Snapvault integration with cDOT 8.2 and VSC 5.0 GA

No, it looks that everything is setup right but the snapmirror-label isn't correctly seen by the SnapVault Engine

Re: Snapvault integration with cDOT 8.2 and VSC 5.0 GA

Hmm I have exactly the same issue. I just opened a case with NetApp for this. Let's see what they come up with. I'll keep you updated.

Re: Snapvault integration with cDOT 8.2 and VSC 5.0 GA

We have got also issues with non-working snapvaults in VSC 5.

Do you have any updates?

Re: Snapvault integration with cDOT 8.2 and VSC 5.0 GA

Hi,

just got an email today that support has now raised a bug for this issue. It is very disappointing to see how unstable NetApps newest products are. We also have issues to get SnapManager for Exchange,SQL to update to initiate a Snapvault snapshot. Until now it's not even clear if this is supported under CDot. To me CDOT is an unfinished product as most of the things that used to work great under 7Dot are either no longer working or no longer supported. We strongly consider to move away from NetApp products.

Re: Snapvault integration with cDOT 8.2 and VSC 5.0 GA

I've managed to make it work.

I've used Ontap 8.2.1 as source and Ontap 8.2 as destination

vSphere 6 beta

VSC 5.0.1X3 beta

First, I used the KB to change the default snapmirror-label that VSC puts on its snapshots

https://kb.netapp.com/support/login/p_login.jsp?page=content&id=3014161&locale=en_US

DO NOT use quotation marks in the custom values

I used VSC_HOURLY and VSC_DAILY instead of the standard labels

Setup a Protection Policy using the newly defined snapmirror-labels in System Manager

Still doesn't show the snapmirror labels as existing but I guess System Manager searches for Snapshot schedules and not label.

Initialize the XDP Mirror

Setup a VSC Hourly Backup with SnapVault update

Let it cooked during the night

And voilà, 13 snapshots kept on secondary

Only 4 in primary

Launching a new VSC jobs correctly update the relationship now

Re: Snapvault integration with cDOT 8.2 and VSC 5.0 GA

Great Stuff,

but my source and dest are 8.2.1 and I have vsphere 5.5 and VSC 5.0 as it is a production system. I can't upgrade to beta versions.

I guess I just have to wait until NetApp is so kind to fix this issue as well as all the other issues with VSC 5.x stable. Like locked AD accounts!

Re: Snapvault integration with cDOT 8.2 and VSC 5.0 GA

Tried in a vSphere 5.5U1b environment with VSC 5.0GA and it also works with the custom labels.

I had to add the destination Cluster hostname and management IP in the DNS so that VSC could resolve the destination system. Should probably work with entries in the host file of the VSC.

Re: Snapvault integration with cDOT 8.2 and VSC 5.0 GA

I have VSC 5.0GA I believe. But there was a problem with NetApp NFS in 5.5U1. So I have skipped that. Luckily 5.5U1b fixes that problem. I will have my ESX updated and give it a try. I wonder why it doesn't work with the default labels? I will report if it works. Just struggling with another VMware <-> NetApp issue where SMVI puts VMs to "disk consolidation needed" state after a backup job has run.

I hate beeing a beta tester!