I have been tasked with installing SnapManager for SharePoint, running on a VMware environment. I am not a storage admin, so I know very little about NetApp or it's technologies.
I start reading the doucmentation, and it says I need SnapManager for SQL installed first.
I start reading the documentation for SQL and it says I need to install the SnapDrive first.
I start reading the documentation for SnapDrive and it say I need to install SMVI to integrate with vCenter.
I start reading the documentation for SMVI, and it says:
SnapManager for Virtual Infrastructure provides rapid backup and restoration of VMware virtual
machines and datastores whose active images reside on NetApp storage systems running Data ONTAP.
I already have a tool installed on our vCenter server called "Virtual Storage Console" (installed from VSC-2.0-win64.exe) that includes the ability to backup and restore VMs - so why do I need a second utility, SMVI, which seems to do the same thing?
Secondly, I am trying to figure out WHERE to install SMVI. Do I install it on the vCenter server, do I install it on the VM Guest OS, or do I install it on my management PC so that I can remotely do backups? But I again, I already have this functionality in vCenter using the VSC.
Can anyone help explain this?