We have an old FAS3140 that we need to decommission, it's out of support. It contains about 10TB Snapvault snapshots from a CIFS volume that will expire in a year. We want to move these snapshot to another storage, but do not have access to NetApp storage, only other NAS with SMB/NFS. Is that possible somehow?
Since it's possible to browse the snapshots via CIFS, I could just copy all snapshot folders to a NAS, but that would surely break the snapshots since it will not anylonger be stored on WAFL. Right?
if you have a very good dedup engine on the new platform you can copy the \vol\vol_name\.snapshot folder over cifs (need to enable the folder to be visible). however if you don't have dedup. each file will be copy and consume the space as the number of snapshots you have.
a more netapp way of solution i can offer is to purchase a year license of an ONTAP select VMWare appliance, provision it on your new environment and snapmirror the volumes to it.