I have used 'smtape' previously in order to initialize a SnapMirror relationship using 7-mode. The place where I am currently working now has a similar issue in that they wish to use 'smtape' to initialize a number of 'vault' relationships, however this time the customer has Clustered OnTAP (8.2.3). Does anybody else have any experience with this?
What I had to do before was as follows:
Create a CIFS share on the source filer of a size similar to the volume that is being mirrored.
Run 'smtape' to create a 'dump' file to the CIFS share.
Copy the dump file from the CIFS share to an external NAS device.
Transport the NAS device to the destination.
Copy the dump file from the NAS device to a CIFS share on the destination.
Run 'smtape' to extract the contents of the dump file to the destination volume.
Resynchronise the snapmirror relationship between destination and source filers.
Is the process any different for Clustered OnTAP?
I look forward to hearing from you in the very near future.
In case a tape drive is not available in the environment, smtape can be utilized to seed a SnapMirror relationship by using a USB/disk to the destination site. Note: This is only available in clustered Data ONTAP 8.2.1RC1 and later releases.
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