A prospect currently running on DMX raised a few question:
vSphere ESXi cluster
40TB of data (no DeDupe, obviously)
~50 LUNs, each ~1TB
Machines are migrated using vMotion and storage vMotion as needed
In the NetApp solution All LUNs are backed up to tape using NDMP
SMVI snaps will be saved online for 2 weeks
1) when restoring a VM from tape (3 month old backup) - how can the backup operator know which LUN she should restore ? the VM might have been in any one of the LUNs at that time ?
I was thinking that maybe there's a log inside SMVI that could show which VM was in each datastore at the time of the snapshot
2) If a LUN is restored from tape, and then mounted by the vSphere cluster, will SMVI be able to restore a single file from one of the VMs in this LUN ?
I was thinking that there would be name conflicts and the LUN can't be mounted to the same cluster, but assuming we use another ESX server with a separate copy of SMVI installed maybe ... ???
Appreciate any inputs !!