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How can I use symbolic link to split a CIFS volume?

Hi Experts,

We have a volume primarily use for CIFS. It is growing too big therefore we want to migrate some of the content to another volume, however we cannot break the path, so I need to leave some kind of junction point. Will symbolic link achieve this?

Thanks,

Maico

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Re: How can I use symbolic link to split a CIFS volume?

You could do this and it will work using widelinks.  We used this at customers when there were stricter dedup (asis) limits to have the ability to stitch together multiple volumes with dedup without exceeding the dedup limit on older ONTAP versions (not an issue now with 8.1 unlimited to max vol size and was not much of an issue with the 16TB limit in 8.0).  You basically have a symbolic link created from a linux/unix client and use symlink.translations to map the location to another share and the users see the link as a folder within the same path.

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Re: How can I use symbolic link to split a CIFS volume?

Hi Scott,

Are you saying that in 8.1, flexible volume is not limited to 16TB anymore? This is actually the main reason we are trying to split the contents of the CIFS volume. We are in 8.0 and we are limited to 16Tb.

Thanks,

Maico

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Re: How can I use symbolic link to split a CIFS volume?

8.1 changes the limit to the max vol size for the platform now J

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How do I setup the max vol size?

Thanks,

Maico

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Re: How can I use symbolic link to split a CIFS volume?

Create an aggregate the max size then a volume in it.

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Re: How can I use symbolic link to split a CIFS volume?

Hi Scott,

Sorry, I did not catch that. What do you mean ‘create an aggregate the max size’?

Maico

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Re: How can I use symbolic link to split a CIFS volume?

Then sis start and sis config.

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Re: How can I use symbolic link to split a CIFS volume?

A fas3270 for example has a Max vol size of 70tb. With 8.1 you can dedup that now

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How about V3240 or FAS3240?.. So essentially with 8.1 I can create a thin-provision Flex volume more than 16TB and that can be deduped?

Right now we are in 8.0 and it won’t let me create a flex vol more than 16TB.

Sorry, but I still don’t know where to adjust the max volume size.

Maico

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Re: How can I use symbolic link to split a CIFS volume?

Use system manager or vol size to resize. Once on 8.1 you can grow and keep dedup. Max vol size on a 3240 is 50tb (64bit). If you are 32 bit 8.1 will convert to 64 when you grow over 16tb.

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Re: How can I use symbolic link to split a CIFS volume?

Thank you!  I will consider an upgrade to 8.1 instead.

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Just FYI, per TR-3978 you have to add enough disks to an existing 32 bit aggregate that you push it past 16TB to trigger the non-disruptive upgrade to 64 bit.

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Re: How can I use symbolic link to split a CIFS volume?

Good point to clarify. In place conversion didn't make it (hidden unsupported method has been posted on this site but I wouldn't go there since likely a qa issue).

How is San Antonio? Would be really interested to hear offline your thoughts/ideas/plans for cluster-mode. I am looking at vFiler to Vserver automation as well as a side project.

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Re: How can I use symbolic link to split a CIFS volume?

Hello All

I was checking the posts, and I have a question.

What happened when you have a Box, in which you can't install 8 version of On Tap?

How will be the best way to do a split of the volume?

Thanks!

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