Playing around with SMVI I noticed that NetApp snapshots get named with what looks like a timestamp and some other unique numbers. Does anyone know of a way to get it to produce consistent names (per flexvol) like the other SnapManager products? It's very useful to have a known predictable name for the most recent snapshot to be able to dump it to tape, for example.VIBE works well this way.
I guess I could set up something to go through the snapshot list and programmatically rename the snapshots to something useful but that seems like a fair amount of work and I'm sure would break the restoration process.
How well does SMVI work with SnapVault? What are others doing about backing up VMs on mass?
Redoing the snapshot naming convention for SMVI is on our roadmap. Most likely, it will be in the next release of SMVI. The current feature list for the next release is still being worked on.
The only way to integrate SMVI with SnapVault at this time is to perform a custom scripting solution to wrap SMVI commands and then vault the snapshot. Of course, since the snapshot name contains a generated GUID at this time, that solution may be a bit more complex than needed.
I've submitted the first version of SV-SMVI (with a -list option -- please read the documentattion) which can provide information about the most recent snapshot(s) created with SMVI backups. It is not recommended to change the NetApp snapshot name associated to the SMVI backup, as that can impact restore capabilities, but this will give you the snapshot name for implementing SnapVault or other third party backups (TSM, NetBackup, etc.)
Is the "next release" you are referring to here the 1.1 release which is out now and does not seem to have a "saner naming" scheme?
I am currently using vibe and doing NDMP dumps to tape so I need a consistent name.
As I am currently evaluating SMVI, and like that ease in which it brings together the NetApp/VMware technologies, this lack of a standard naming scheme is a definate deal-breaker. I can't see purchasing it until it has this capability. Actually, I am suprised it doesn't have something that VIBE has.
I couldnt agree more Doug. I'm really looking forward to the new version of SMVI which hopefully will support generic naming.
On a different topic, I'm very impressed with the System Manager 1.0 release. I already have 2-3 customers using this almost exclusively for general administration. SnapMirror/SnapVault integration into this tool will be killer!
I am trying to see if there is a tool that will just give me the name of the most recent SMVI snapshot in a given volume. That way I can customize a backup script to put that particular snapshot off to tape.
Specifically, I have SMVI v 1.2. I'm running SyncSort BackupExpress 3.1.1.