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Script to enable SnapMirror transfers with vFilers and SRM


Currently there is a limitation with vFilers that is a SnapMirror snapshot on the destination side is FlexCloned this will break or suspend SnapMirror transfers until the FlexClone is destroyed. In a VMware SRM environment this means that is a user launches an extended DR test failover, he may violate the expect RPO since no SnapMirror transfers will occur during the DR test. This is only a limitation with NetApp vFilers! Physical Controller to Physical controller or Vserver to Vserver SnapMirror can update during a SRM failover test.

This Powershell script takes the source and destination SnapMirrored Volumes as well as source and destination controllers and creates matching FlexClones on the source volumes. This locks the FlexClone required snapshot on the source side and allows SnapMirror Transfers to continue. Then it detects when the Destination FlexClones have been deleted and cleans up the source side FlexClones as well.

I reused a bit of code in order to encrypt the required password in to a local file so that the whole script can be placed in VMware SRM and run with no intervention.

$SM_Source_Controller = ""

$SM_Dest_Controller = ""

$SM_Source_Vols = ("vfiler_source","vfiler_source2")

$SM_Dest_Vols = ("vfiler_dest","vfiler_dest2")

$Adminname = "root"


$CredsFile = "C:\NetappSRMconnect-nacontroller -PowershellCreds.txt"

$FileExists = Test-Path $CredsFile

if  ($FileExists -eq $false) {

     Write-Host 'Credential file not found. Run Credential creator Script' -ForegroundColor Red



                    Write-Host 'Using your stored credential file' -ForegroundColor Green

  $password = get-content $CredsFile | convertto-securestring

  $cred = new-object -typename           System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -argumentlist $Adminname, $password}

# 1 - Connect

Connect-NaController $SM_Dest_Controller -Credential $cred

# 2 - Get the snapshot name

$SMSnaps = Foreach ($Vol in $SM_Dest_Vols) { get-nasnapshot $Vol | Where-Object {$_.dependency -and $_.Busy}}

# 3 - Create the FlexClone

Connect-NaController $SM_Source_Controller -Credential $cred

$Int = 0

Foreach ($Vol in $SM_Source_Vols) {

          $SM_Temp = $SM_Source_Vols | Select-Object -index $Int

          $SM_Temp = "$($SM_Temp)SRMTemp"

          New-NaVolClone -ParentVolume $Vol  -CloneVolume $SM_Temp -ParentSnapshot ($SMSnaps | Select-Object -index $Int)  -SpaceReserve none


# 4 - Simple time loop that will wait until the FlexClone on the SnapMirror target is destroyed This script loops every 15 sec until snapshot status does not show busy

$Int = 0

Foreach ($Snap in $SMSnaps) {

          Connect-NaController $SM_Dest_Controller -Credential $cred

          $SnapCheck = $Snap

          while ($SnapCheck.busy){

  $SnapCheck = Get-NaSnapshot -TargetName ($SM_Dest_Vols | Select-Object -index $Int) -SnapName $

                    start-sleep -seconds 15}

# 5 - This deletes the FlexClone on the Source Controller.

          Connect-NaController $SM_Source_Controller -Credential $cred

          $SM_Temp = $SM_Source_Vols | Select-Object -index $Int

          $SM_Temp = "$($SM_Temp)SRMTemp"

          Set-NaVol  $SM_Temp -Offline | Remove-NaVol -Confirm:$False


This the borrowed and modified code to create the encrypted password file;

#This commandlet is based on code from Michael Lubinski and will create an encrypted credential file for NetApp controllers


$AdminName = Read-Host "Enter your NetApp username"

$CredsFile = "C:\NetAppSRM-PowershellCreds.txt"

$FileExists = Test-Path $CredsFile

if  ($FileExists -eq $false) {

    Write-Host 'Credential file not found. Enter your password:' -ForegroundColor Red

    Read-Host -AsSecureString | ConvertFrom-SecureString | Out-File $CredsFile}


    {Write-Host 'Using your stored credential file' -ForegroundColor Green}

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