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Frequently Asked Questions for the NetApp Storage Array

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What are the maximum number of snapshots created for each volume?

Can I create additional provisioning policies for secondary copies and use them for IntelliSnap?

Can I use a non-root user to configure an array or NDMP?

What account types and roles should I set for the Cluster Mode operating system?

How do I verify that the destination filer has SnapMirror access to the source filer?

How does the SnapMirror process work?

How does data aging work with SnapMirror?

Can I disable tunneling for a storage virtual machine?

How do I select vFiler as the destination for secondary (vault or mirror) copy?

Can the data on SharePoint Server be restored from the content databases on the SQL Server configured to use NetApp IntelliSnap?

What are the maximum number of snapshots created for each volume?

The maximum number of snapshots created for each volume is 255.

Can I create additional provisioning policies for secondary copies and use them for IntelliSnap?

Yes, you can create additional provisioning policies for secondary copies for the OnCommand Unified Manager. The IntelliSnap feature can use provisioning policies prefixed by “SnapProtect_” (case insensitive) in storage policy copies.

Can I use a non-root user to configure an array or NDMP?

You can use a non-root user for array configuration and NDMP configurations.

7-Mode

For the 7-Mode system, configure the array with a non-root user with the following commands:

  • To create IntelliSnap role with proper rights:

    NetApp1> useradmin role add  IntelliSnaprole -c ”[ IntelliSnap Management Role]" -a login-ndmp,login-http-admin,api-*

    Example:

    NetApp1> useradmin role add  IntelliSnaprole -c ”SP Mgmt Role" -a login-ndmp,login-http-admin,api-*

  • To add a role to the newly created IntelliSnap group:

    NetApp1> useradmin group add  IntelliSnapgroup -c ”[ IntelliSnap Management Group]" –r  IntelliSnaprole

    Example:

    NetApp1> useradmin group add  IntelliSnapgroup -c ”SP Mgmt Group" –r  IntelliSnaprole

  • To create a user for the array credential in the Commvault Control Panel.

    NetApp1> useradmin user add  IntelliSnapuser -c ”[ IntelliSnap Management Account]" -n ”S Admin" –g  IntelliSnapgroup

    Example:

    NetApp1> useradmin user add  IntelliSnapuser -c ”SP Mgmt Account" -n ”S Admin" –g  IntelliSnapgroup

  • To configure NDMP with the same credentials, follow the steps below:
    1. Retrieve the encrypted password for the IntelliSnapuser that you added in the previous commands with the following command.

      NetApp1> ndmpd password IntelliSnapuser

    2. In the NDMP Server Properties dialog box, in the NDMP Login and NDMP Password boxes, type the IntelliSnapuser and password.

C-Mode

For the C-Mode system, to configure the array with a non-root user, type the following commands on the cluster Vserver only:

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "metrocluster show" -access all

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "fcp portname" -access readonly

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "vserver fcp show" -access readonly

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "storage aggregate show" -access readonly

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "vserver show" -access readonly

Type the following commands on all Vservers:

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "vserver" -access readonly

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "job show" -access all

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "lun" -access all

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "network interface" -access readonly

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "snapmirror" -access all

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "version" -access all

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "volume" -access all

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "volume efficiency" -access none

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "volume move" -access none

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "vserver cifs" -access all

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "vserver export-policy" -access all

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "vserver fcp" -access all

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "vserver fpolicy" -access all

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "vserver iscsi" -access all

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "vserver nfs" -access all

security login role create -vserver <vserver_name> -role IntelliSnapRole -cmddirname "vserver services ndmp" -access all

security login create -user-or-group-name IntelliSnapUser -application ontapi -authmethod password -role IntelliSnapRole -vserver <vserver_name>

security login create -user-or-group-name IntelliSnapUser -application ssh -authmethod password -role IntelliSnapRole -vserver <vserver_name>

What account types and roles should I set for the Cluster Mode operating system?

Add a user in the Array Management credentials with ontapi and ssh roles. Add the cluster in Array Management and then SVMs are detected and added from the cluster client.

For more information on the configuration of NetApp clusters, see Configuring Storage Virtual Machines on NetApp Arrays.

How do I verify that the destination filer has SnapMirror access to the source filer?

To ensure that SnapMirror jobs run, the destination filer must have SnapMirror access to the source filer. If the name or IP address of the SnapMirror filer appears in "/etc/snapmirror.allow", then the destination filer has access.

For more information on SnapMirror options, refer to the NetApp Support documentation - SnapMirror options.

Alternatively, you can go into each of the hosts in OnCommand Unified Manager and configure the proper security rights for source and destination in the Fabric-Attached Storage settings.

How does the SnapMirror process work?

  1. To get the full, detailed Snap Management plan so that SnapMirror/SnapVault can run, NetApp runs a conformation check during the first auxiliary copy job.
    • On NetApp

    • On Commvault

  2. During each SnapMirror auxiliary copy job, SnapMirror creates a “BackupVersion," which is a new Snapshot of the entire volume that requires replication.

  3. Once a new Snapshot for SnapMirror is available, the Snapshot is listed under the volume on the Primary Filer.

  4. The new Snapshot also appears in the current SnapMirror session.

  5. On the destination filer site, the same Snapshot appears. In addition, if there were any previous SnapMirror on-demand jobs run, only the very last one remains on the target box.

    NetApp calls this a “Swizzling Process”. That is, the primary Fabric-Attached Storage (FAS) creates a delta set between the original snapshot used from the previous SnapMirror job and the new snapshot created for the current SnapMirror job. Only the details of the snapshot and the deltas are sent to the destination FAS, and refer to the previous snapshot, which was formerly the target SnapMirror session. The volume is updated to match what is in the primary FAS. The previous snapshot is not deleted because the entire process is a background job.

How does data aging work with SnapMirror?

In Commvault, if an IntelliSnap job on a storage policy copy with SnapMirror capabilities is data-aged, the job is removed from the snapshots list. For information on viewing the snapshots for an agent, or snapshot copy, see List Snapshots.

The data-aging process does not physically delete the snapshot taken by the  IntelliSnap job from the SnapMirror volume on the file server. Snapshots from jobs that have been data-aged are physically deleted only when you perform an auxiliary copy to the SnapMirror node.

Can I disable tunneling for a storage virtual machine?

Yes. If you want to disassociate a particular Storage Virtual Machine from a NetApp array, then you can turn off the tunneling option.

All jobs scheduled through the array no longer run for the disassociated Storage Virtual Machine.

To turn off tunneling:

  1. Log into CommCell Console.
  2. Click the Storage tab, and then click Array Management.
  3. Select the Storage Virtual Machine for which you want to turn tunneling off, and then click Edit.

  4. Click the Snap Configuration tab, clear Use Tunneling, and then click OK.

  5. Click the General tab, and then under Credentials, click Change.

  6. In the User Name and Password boxes, enter the NDMP credentials, and then click OK.

  7. Click OK to close the Filer Properties dialog box.
  8. Click OK to close the Array Management dialog box.

How do I select vFiler as the destination for secondary (vault or mirror) copy?

  1. Create resource pool with physical filer and not aggregate as resource pool member.
  2. When creating secondary snapshot copy, then

    Select the resource pool(s) created in (1), and

    Enable the "Select vFiler" option and select the required vFiler from the dropdown list.

Can the data on SharePoint Server be restored from the content databases on the SQL Server configured to use NetApp IntelliSnap?

Offline browse and restore for SharePoint 2010 and later is supported on NetApp by using IntelliSnap- SQL Server iDataAgent. The following are the prerequisites to using this feature:

Last modified: 3/15/2018 6:14:57 AM