Hi, as snapmirror/vault is now working with altavault I'm interested how a restore may looks like for cifs volumes. Can I somehow view recent snapshot versions just like on my primary NetApp and extract a single file that way?
Or am I required to use a separate backup software?
ONTAP Snapshots will begin to be supported with AltaVault starting in the next release, which is due sometime before the end of January. From a restore perspective, you can manage and recover objects using SnapCenter's new version, which is also coming out in this timeframe. SnapCenter provides the management and catalog for the Snapshots sent to AltaVault. Of course, you can always restore the files directly via the ONTAP CLI, if you have syntax experience.
I took a look at the documentation, and I believe you're correct. I'll inform the publications team about this, and have it reviewed for the next release. You can use either a separate ICL or the existing one you have setup between primary and secondary. The operations should be fine either way. Typical recommendation is to have separate ones as best practice I believe, but depending on topology not all environments may be able to accommodate this.