SnapProtect - VMware - Configuration


Once the Virtual Server iDataAgent is installed on a computer or a virtual machine, create a vCenter client and a subclient to backup virtual machines in a vCenter. The following sections provide the necessary steps to configure a subclient to perform the SnapProtect backup of a single virtual machine:

If you plan to use SnapVault or SnapMirror, use the appropriate storage policy based on the type of snapshot, such as NetApp 7-Mode and Cluster-Mode snapshots. For NetApp 7-Mode snapshots, use storage policies associated with OnCommand Unified Manager 5.0, 5.1, or 5.2. For NetApp Cluster-Mode snapshots, use storage policies associated with OnCommand Unified Manager 6.0, 6.1, 6.2 6.3P1, 6.4P1, or 7.0.

Most capabilities of data ONTAP 7-Mode apply, however cascaded replication of primary to snapvault to snapmirror on a single policy is not supported.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click Client Computers node and select New Client | Virtualization | VMware vCenter.

  2. Enter the vCenter Host Name.

    Enter the username and password associated with the Virtual Center.

    Click Add to select a proxy for backup.

  3. Select a proxy from the Exclude list.

    The list displays all clients that have the Virtual Server Agent installed and all client groups. You can select one or more clients or client groups. When you select a client group, ensure that at least one client in the group has the Virtual Server Agent installed.

    When you are creating a VMware vCenter client for an SnapProtect backup, select only one proxy.

    Click Include or Include All.

    Click OK.

  4. Click OK.

    If you select multiple proxies while configuring the VMware vCenter client, only the first proxy (coordinator) will be used to perform the backup. If the first proxy is not available, the next available proxy in the list will be used to perform the backup.

    Ensure the following when you select proxies for the VMware vCenter client:

    • The first proxy has MediaAgent installed on it. If the first proxy does not have MediaAgent installed, change the order of proxies.
    • While configuring the storage policy for SnapProtect backup, the first proxy is selected as a MediaAgent.

  5. From the CommCell Console, navigate to the <vCenter client>.

    Right-click the <vCenter client> and click Properties.

  6. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <vCenter Client> | Virtual Server | VMware.

    Right-click the defaultBackupSet and click New Subclient.

  7. Enter the Subclient name.

    By default the Transport Mode for VMware is set as Auto. Depending upon proxy computer used for backup and virtual machines included in the backup, the transport mode is automatically selected. If you want to use a specific transport mode, select one of the following:

    • SAN
    • Hot Add
    • NBD
    • NBD SSL

  8. Click the Content tab.

    Click Browse.

    Navigate to the virtual machine which you want to backup and select the virtual machine.

    Click OK.

    The selected virtual machine appears in the Contents of a subclient list.

  9. On the Storage Device tab, from the Storage Policy list, select the storage policy that has a snapshot copy configured, and then click OK.

  10. In the Backup Schedule dialog box, click Do Not Schedule.

Skip the following section if you already created a snapshot copy.

Create a Snapshot Copy

The following section provides step-by-step instructions for creating a Snapshot Copy for a Storage Policy.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Policies | Storage Policies.

    Right-click the <Storage_Policy> and click All Tasks | Create New Snapshot Copy.

  2. Specify the following to create a Snapshot Copy:
    1. Type the Copy Name in the Copy Name box.
    2. From the Library list, select the name of Library.
    3. From the MediaAgent list, select the name of a MediaAgent.
    4. From the Drive Pool list, select the name of a Drive Pool.
    5. From the Scratch Pool list, select the name of the Scratch Pool.

      Drive Pool and Scratch Pool are not applicable for disk libraries.

    6. Click OK.

The newly created Snapshot Copy can be associated with the subclient from which the snap backup is performed. In this case, the Snapshot Copy acts as the primary copy and therefore will contain only the metadata information associated with the snapshot Backup.

Configuring a Backup Copy

A backup copy operation provides the capability to copy snapshots of the data to any media. It is useful for creating additional standby copies of data and can be performed during the SnapProtect backup or at a later time.

Follow the steps given below to configure Backup Copy for moving snapshots to media.

  1. Open CommCell Console:
    • From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Policies | Storage Policies.
    • Right-click the <Storage Policy> and click Properties.

  2. Click the Snapshot tab.

    Select Enable Backup Copy checkbox to enable movement of snapshots to media.

    Click OK.