I am familiar with SMVI as we are using it. From what I was told it appeared that VSC was a virtual center plugin that allowed you to drive SMVI (among other things) from within vCenter. Now that I am getting around to have a play with SVC it seems that it is actually a complete different product and SVC and SMVI are not dependant on each other. SVC cannot be installed when SMVI is installed on the server. So is this a case of SVC doing the same job (and more) as SMVI and I need to settle on one or the other?
Take a look at the home view screen of the vCenter server after installing VSC. Go to HomeàNetAppà Backup and recovery. We have tried to keep this screen very similar to the standalone SMVI UI. So set-up, the way you schedule backups etc is very similar to the standalone UI. Take a look and let us know.
The idea was to move all 3 of our VMware plug-ins into a single umbrella installer which is a plug-in so that it becomes easier to use.
Yes if you use the VSC you get all the SMVI functionality + you get the ability to monitor your storage (using the storage console) and the provisioning and cloning capability all in one package from the vCenter.
And let me know if you have any issues navigating. Go through the home page first since it’s similar to SMVI. Then you can try the right click options. So if you right click on any entity say VM you will see a NetApp tab and you will see backup and recovery options to set these options.