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Scheduling monthly snap shot



Currently in our environment we have scheduled weekly, daily and hourly snap shots. Is there a way to schedule  monthly shot to be retained for a period of 6 months. Experts please let me know how can we achieve this.



I don't think you can do this using CLI or System Manager.  I think Protection Manager can do it, but unless you're already using Protection Manager, I don't think it would be worth the effort of setting up Protection Manager just to schedule monthly snapshots.  If I were tasked to do this, I would probably look into using a Windows or Unix host to "schedule" a monthly task/script to take the snapshots and manage the retention of the snapshots.  We already have a "SAN Manager" windows server that does a bunch of these "administrative" tasks like schedule daily perfstats, act as our DFM server, etc.


Keeping 26 or 30 weekly snapshots would have a similar effect. Other than that I would use a Unix shell script using SSH to do it. If you're not Unix you should be able to use PowerShell or SnapDrive for Windows (if a Windows lun) and the task scheduler.

What is the platform and protocol you are using?


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