SnapProtect - Configuration - Infinite Volume Backup Support Using CIFS


To configure Infinite Volume Backup support using CIFS, perform the following steps:

  1. Set Up the Array Information
  2. Reconfigure NAS Client
  3. Add the Network Share Backup
  4. Create Subclient

Set Up the Array Information

The following section provides step-by-step instructions for setting up the array information.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, click the Storage tab and then click the Array Management icon.
  2. In the Array Management dialog box, click Add.
  1. In the Filer Properties dialog box, select NetApp from the Snap Vendor list.

    Specify the name of the primary file server in the Name field.

    The primary file server may be addressed using different names from the OnCommand Unified Manager and CommServe. From the CommServe it should resolve to an IP address that is known and associated to the OnCommand Unified Manager.

    On OnCommand 5.x, ensure that the IP address resolves to the primary IP of the network interface and not to an alias (alternate IP issued to the same network interface).

    You can provide the host name, fully qualified domain name or TCP/IP address of the file server.

    7-Mode Virtual File Servers are not support for this network share backup feature.

    Click Change and enter the access information of a user with administrative privileges in the Username and Password fields in Enter User Name and Password dialog box.

    • The user must have privileges to manage array artifacts like snapshots, volumes, LUNs, CIFS shares, NFS exports, and initiator groups.
    • For NetApp C-Mode, the user must have ONTAP and SSH capabilities.

    In the Filer Properties dialog box, select File Server, then click Primary checkbox for the array type.

Use the Description field to enter a description about the entity. This description can include information about the entity's content, cautionary notes, etc.

Reconfigure the NAS Client

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the newly created <NAS_Client>, point to All Tasks and click Reconfigure.

Add the Network Share Backup

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the newly created <NAS_Client>, point to All Tasks and click Add Network Share Backup.
  2. In the Add Network Share Backup dialog box, Windows is selected by default.

    Select a Primary Client from the available list and click OK.

    The list shows all computers with File System iDataAgent installed.

    Add a File System iDataAgent under the <NAS_Client>.

    The selected proxy must have MA installed to run the snap job.

    CIFS shares mounted on NetApp Data ONTAP 8.0 do not inherit the same access permissions that were set for the original CIFS shares. To overcome this limitation, upgrade to an ONTAP version that supports share-level access control lists (ACLs). Alternatively, you can modify permissions directly in the ACL on the mounted share.

Create Subclient

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to <NAS_Client> | File System, right-click defaultBackup Set, select All Tasks, and click the New Subclient.
  2. In the Subclient Properties dialog box, enter the name of the subclient in the Subclient name box.
  3. Click the SnapProtect Operations tab. Select:

    SnapProtect to enable SnapProtect backup for the selected subclient.

    NetApp from the Available Snap Engines list.
  4. Click the Content tab.

    Click Add Paths and enter a CIFS path that belongs to the client created and click OK.

  5. In the Impersonate NT User dialog box:

    Enter the User Name in the User Account box

    Enter the Password in the Enter Password box.

    Confirm the password in the Confirm Password box.

    Click OK.

    • Use the same credentials for all subclients created on your CommCell Console. If you plan to use different credentials, the file server must have access to those credentials.
    • Make sure that the impersonate user credentials has read and write permissions to the data residing on the CIFS share.

  6. Click the Storage Device tab.

    Select the Storage Policy from the drop down list.

    Click OK.

    If you do not have a Storage Policy created, follow the steps given below to create a Storage Policy.

  7. Click Create Storage Policy.

    Follow the prompts displayed in the Storage Policy Wizard. The required options are mentioned below:

    • Select the Storage Policy type as Data Protection and Archiving.
    • Select No to allow legal hold to use the policy.
    • Specify the name of the Storage Policy.
    • Specify the name of the primary copy. The primary copy is automatically created along with the Storage Policy.
    • Select No for use of an existing global deduplication policy.
    • Specify name of the default library to which the Primary Copy should be associated. This must be a disk library. Ensure that you select a library attached to a MediaAgent operating in the current release.
    • Select the MediaAgent.
    • Verify the device streams and the retention criteria information.
    • Select Yes to enable deduplication for the primary copy. Select the Enable Client Side Deduplication option.
    • Name of the Deduplication Store, MediaAgent hosting the Deduplication Store, and the location of the Deduplication Store.
    • Review the details and click Finish to create the Storage Policy. The primary copy is also created.
    • Return to Step 6 to associate the Storage Policy to the subclient.
  8. Create a Snapshot Copy following the steps described in Creating a Snapshot Copy.