2013-04-17 01:20 AM
i wondered if i can rebuild a whole filer when the filer fails (fire or other causes) and NETAPP will deliver a whole new filer.
Can i use a config file, or database from the old filer to rebuild the new filer ?
2013-04-17 01:25 AM
in case of a whole system broken, it is not a service case, you would need your insurance to pay for the replacement Hardware. This would require a new purchase and a few weeks delivery time.
If you need to rebuild a netapp system from scratch you can do so with a recent autosupport email or with a backup of the vol0. Only thing missing from the autosupport emails are the cifs shares.
2013-04-17 01:31 AM
Thanks for the quick answer.
Meaning, i have to rebuild the filer completelyby hand again with the autosupport as a guide ? Or are there mechanisms to let NETAPP do the job ?
2013-04-17 02:20 AM
I tried the config dump and restore commands yesterday but when i remove a complete vfiler , including its volumes , the config restore command cannot rebuild my volume and after that my vfiler.
Eventually what i, looking for is a Disaster Recovery, so i can write a procedure to be back online as soon as possible in event of total failure or crash
2013-04-17 03:18 AM
Yes, config dump only creates a backup of the configuration, it does not recreate volumes or aggregates. It also only backups a subset of all the files in /etc.
Arguably the quickest way to be up again after a disaster is using a MetroCluster system. Short of that, if you are looking for a "one-click" solution, I'm afraid you'll have to write your own scripts to collect and restore the configuration.
2013-04-17 04:10 AM
You can run scripts on a netapp machine with the "source" command but it is usualy not recommended.
With the autosupport emails or the conifg dumps you could create a pre-build script yourself to automaticaly create configurations, aggregates and volumes, currently there is barely a way to automate that. Synergy might be able to Import an autoemail and generate an Output script but im not sure either.