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Virtual Storage Console 7.1 and Backup Jobs

Hey everyone we just got a new NetApp and are setting up our VMware environment on it. We already have one older setup hosting our VMware environment using VSC 6.2.1 and we do snapshots of our VM's through there (vm consistent snapshots)

 

We are rolling out VSC 7.1 with CDOT 9.2 and it looks like the backup jobs option is completely gone? I see mentions of SRA but needing certain licenses with NetApp (which we dont have)

 

My question is... am I overlooking something? Can I no longer do this with VSC 7.1? Can I no longer just manage snapshots and do restores from snapshots through the VSC?

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated

 

Thanks!

Re: Virtual Storage Console 7.1 and Backup Jobs

Starting in VSC 7.0, Backup and Recovery features have been migrated from VSC to it's very own Plug-in in SnapCenter. 

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Thanks!

 

Does SnapCenter require Snap* licenses?

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Have you had success with this upgrade/migration? We are getting ready to undertake a big upgrade from 6.2.1 doing nightly backups of nearly 5000 systems via VSC and now having to move into this mess of software Netapp has created.

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NetApp Import Utility for SnapCenter and Virtual Storage Console: https://mysupport.netapp.com/tools/info/ECMLP2840096I.html?productID=62135&pcfContentID=ECMLP2840096

 

YouTube Video Demo of the Import Tool: https://youtu.be/CEQmIEzNVfA 

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We utilize the included Backup/Recovery stuff in VSC 6.2.1 with no SnapCenter integration. We are not using VASA but are using SRA 4.0 for SRM under the same vCenter.

 

Thanks for the links. I have also found https://community.netapp.com/t5/VMware-Solutions-Discussions/Upgrade-VSC-from-VSC-6-2-to-VSC-7-0-Retain-backup-policy/m-p/137294/highlight/true#M9163 which seems like it might be worth following?

 

Does this import tool work to go straight to SnapCenter 4.0?

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Yes thats a good set up instructions also the migration tools does go straight to SC 4.0.  

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@scortez

 

In the VSC 7 install guide https://library.netapp.com/ecm/ecm_get_file/ECMLP2770249, page 56 Step #4 says to "Delete any pre-configured VSC roles" before doing the upgrade/migration. Is that still necessary?

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@MSEBEL1980 Yes, its still best practice.

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Just a quick note: we were going to go to 7.x ourselves and couldn't because we use linked mode in vCenter. One of our linked vCenters hosts our systems that are still in 7-mode, while the other points to our cdot systems. My understanding is that this configuration is not supported in SnapCenter, so we are staying with 6.x for now and hoping that SC will add support later.