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NetApp Releases SnapProtect for Open Systems

November 2nd, 2013

As part of the SnapProtect 10.0 Service Pack 4 release this week, NetApp now supports backups from direct-attached and non-NetApp storage to Data ONTAP 7-Mode SnapVault targets.

Called “SnapProtect for Open Systems” (SPOS), this block-level incremental replication capability supports Windows, Linux, and Solaris operating systems and applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle Database.

To enable the SPOS feature, the following components are required to be installed on the source host running Windows or UNIX:

  • MediaAgent: All clients
  • Windows: VSS software provider
  • UNIX: Qsnap Driver or Linux LVM or Veritas VxvM

There are also several notable items of interest when deploying SPOS for version 10.0 SP 4:

  • Support limited to 7-Mode Data ONTAP versions 7.3.x and later
  • No support for SPOS backups to clustered Data ONTAP
  • Only supported with OnCommand Unified Manager 5.2 (no support for 6.0)
  • DB2 DPF and MySQL applications are not supported with SPOS
  • No support for 7-Mode vFiler (MultiStore) as a destination
  • Raw partitions on UNIX are not supported
  • No support for clustering applications or file systems
  • Backup of Exchange Database Availability Groups (DAG) not supported
  • No support for Oracle RAC, ASM, or partial table backups
  • No support for ZFS

But how does SnapProtect for Open Systems work?
For each backup job…

  • It creates a software snapshot of the source data using the native Snap engine such as VSS or Qsnap/LVM
  • The volume is added to the OnCommand Unified Manager dataset that corresponds to the primary snap copy of the storage policy to which the subclient is associated
  • OnCommand Unified Manager carries out any provisioning tasks and requests the destination FAS/V-Series storage system connect back to the client

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October 29th, 2013

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October 24th, 2013

NetApp Releases OnCommand Plug-in 4.0 for Microsoft

October 23rd, 2013

NetApp last week released a massive update to its OnCommand Plug-in software for Microsoft environments.

Formally known as “ApplianceWatch”, OnCommand Plug-in 4.0 is an enterprise-class storage monitoring application that provides integration with Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 (Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, and Orchestrator), Windows PowerShell 3.0, and SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1+. The plug-in also includes Orchestrator Integration Packs (OIPs) that allow administrators to provision, clone, and recover Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines with disaster recovery workflows.

Despite the newly-minted support for clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 with this latest release, SCVMM Add-ins, Orchestrator Integration Packs, and Rapid Cloning Cmdlets are only supported in (Data ONTAP) 7-Mode environments at this time.

It’s also important to note that if you are upgrading from versions earlier than OnCommand Plug-in 3.2 for Microsoft, you must first uninstall the software and then install plug-in version 4.0.

OnCommand Plug-in 4.0 for Microsoft is now available for download from the NetApp Support Site.

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NetApp Refreshes Recovery Manager for Citrix ShareFile

September 26th, 2013

NetApp today updated NetApp Recovery Manager for Citrix ShareFile (NRM-CS) to version 1.1. With this software, Citrix ShareFile administrators can restore files that have been removed from the Citrix Storage Center.

NRM-CS 1.1 takes advantage of NetApp Snapshot, SnapMirror, and SnapVault to automate file recovery that would otherwise be performed manually by an administrator.

The NetApp Recovery Manager runs as a background service, as part of an overall Citrix ShareFile Enterprise Edition environment.

NRM-CS delivers its recovery functionality within the following workflow:

  • A ShareFile user requests a file restore from the ShareFile administrator.
  • The ShareFile administrator selects Restore through the ShareFile web user interface, creating an item in the recovery queue, which provides the information needed to restore the files from the Storage Center backup to the storage location.
  • NRM-CS reads the recovery queue and detects the old filename (the associated ID for the file); then searches for that file (by the associated ID) in Snapshot, SnapVault, and SnapMirror.
  • After the search process is complete,NRM-CS copies the file to a new filename on the CIFS volume as specified by the recovery queue; then the recovery queue is marked as “success” or “failure.”
    • The ShareFile user receives the new filename through ShareFile.

    With this release, NRM-CS 1.1 includes several new features and enhancements:

    • A Windows service to recover files from SnapVault running clustered Data ONTAP 8.2
    • NRM-CS can be installed on another Windows server, apart from the ShareFile StorageZone Controller server
    • High availability support; NRM-CS can be installed on multiple servers for a single StorageZone
    • The ability to restore files in parallel; maximum number of files depends on your system memory
    • Enhanced, easy-to-use Configuration window to set up your recovery service

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    NetApp Releases SnapManager 7.0 for Microsoft Exchange

    September 23rd, 2013

    NetApp last week updated its SnapManager for Microsoft Exchange software to version 7.0, only supporting Microsoft Exchange Server 2013. This new release now includes:

    • Support for clustered Data ONTAP 8.2
    • Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2012 only.
    • Gapless backup support on DAG systems has been improved from three nodes to nine nodes.
    • UTM retention can be triggered independently from backup retention.
    • When specifying backup options, the backup retention setting for remote backups now applies to the selected management group.

    There are also several discontinued features within SnapManager 7.0 for Exchange:

    • Support for Local Continuous Replication (LCR), Single Continuous Replica (SCR), and Business Continuance (BC) has been removed.
    • Support for Cluster Replication (CCR) has been replaced by Database Availability Group (DAG) support.
    • Support for restoring backup sets from unmanaged media using the Restore wizard has been removed.
    • Support for Exchange Server 2003, 2007, and 2010 has been removed.

    Finally, the following features are not supported within this release:

    • Creation and restoration of backups of Microsoft Exchange databases that are stored on storage devices provided by companies other than NetApp.
    • Restoring databases to an alternate location.
    • Windows Server 2008 IA-64 editions.
    • Configuration of datasets outside member servers of the Database Availability Group (DAG).
    • Use of the Delete window outside member servers of the DAG.
    • Running Microsoft Exchange cmdlets from the SnapManager shell.

    SnapManager 7.0 for Microsoft Exchange is now available from the NetApp Support Site.

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    NetApp SnapDrive 7.0 for Windows Deep Dive

    September 8th, 2013

    With the release of SnapDrive 7.0 for Windows (SDW), NetApp has included several new features for clustered Data ONTAP 8.2, PowerShell, Windows Server 2012, SnapVault, and more. Let’s explore these features in-depth:
    Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 Support

    With clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 support for SMB 3.0, SnapDrive 7.0 can create continuously available shares from a Hyper-V host using Windows PowerShell cmdlets to run VMs that are backed-up by SnapManager for Hyper-V.

    It’s also possible to have SnapDrive 7.0 provision SMB3 shares for SQL Server. Backup of SQL Server with SMB3 is achieved using the SQL VDI framework on the host.

    SnapDrive 7.0 also supports “Remote VSS”.

    Remote VSS is a Microsoft feature that facilitates shadow copy technology across SMB for backup and restore. It also enables SnapManager for Hyper-V and SnapManager for SQL Server to back up and restore with SMB shares.

    But how does it work?

    The NetApp VSS provider for SMB3 resides on the Data ONTAP operating system, unlike its SAN counterpart, which resides on the host. When a backup request is initiated from SnapManager software, the SnapDrive web service proxy passes the request to the local File Share Copy Provider from Microsoft, which in turn calls the Remote VSS provider (NetApp) using the MSRPC protocol. Be aware that SMB multichannel and SMB direct (SMB over Remote Direct Memory Access) are not supported with clustered Data ONTAP or SnapDrive at this time.

    Windows Server 2012 Features

    Virtual Fibre Channel (VFC) supports connectivity of Fibre Channel ports directly within a guest operating system. In other words, SnapDrive will create and manage FC disks in the guest virtual machines. Four FC adapters can be added per VM. As of this writing, only QLogic HBAs have been qualified. Also be aware that pass-through disks cannot be provisioned from the host if MPIO is being used on the host.

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    NetApp Releases SnapManager 7.0 for SQL Server

    September 3rd, 2013

    NetApp last week released SnapManager 7.0 for Microsoft SQL Server. While its primary focus is support for clustered Data ONTAP 8.2, this release also includes enhancements for:

    • Databases running on SMB 3.0 shares.
    • Archiving backups to SnapVault secondary volumes running on clustered Data ONTAP. 
    • Restoring databases to a different location on the same Microsoft SQL Server instance. 
    • Performance when restoring databases from a LUN that contains multiple databases. 
    • The Backup report now includes the cmdlet syntax for database backups initiated from the Backup wizard or Backup and Verify option. 
    • Running SnapManager from a group Managed Service Account (gMSA).

    SnapManager 7.0 for Microsoft SQL Server is now available from the NetApp Support Site for both 32-bit and 64-bit hosts running Windows Server 2008 (6.0), Windows Server 2008 R2 (6.1), and Windows Server 2012 (6.2).

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    NetApp Publishes SnapManager 2.0 for Hyper-V

    September 3rd, 2013

    NetApp last week updated its data protection software for Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines running on Data ONTAP to include:

    • Native SnapVault integration
    • Support for both local (SAN) and remote VSS hardware providers (SMB 3.0) for backup
    • Remote host installation
    • SnapInfo Settings support for cluster-shared volume 2.0 (CSV) and SMB 3.0
    • New Manage Storage Connection Settings form
    • Support for gMSA (group management service account)
    • Ability to restore to an alternate path for disaster recovery
    • Ability to restore a deleted VM from a crash-consistent backup

    SnapManager 2.0 for Hyper-V is now available from the NetApp Support Site for both parent hosts and management consoles.

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    NetApp Unveils SnapDrive 7.0 for Windows

    September 3rd, 2013

    NetApp last week updated SnapDrive for Windows to version 7.0, supporting clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 to enable administrators to automate storage provisioning tasks within a Microsoft Windows environment. This updated release also supports:

    • Sub-LUN cloning in restore operations
    • PowerShell 2.0+ cmdlet support for SMB 3.0
    • Volume and share provisioning template for SMB 3.0
    • Virtual Fibre Channel
    • group Managed Service Accounts (gMSA) on Windows Server 2012

    SnapDrive 7.0 for Windows is now available from the NetApp Support Site for both 32-bit and 64-bit hosts running either Windows Server 2008 (6.0), Windows Server 2008 R2 (6.1), and Windows Server 2012 (6.2).

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