6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 12, 2013 7:41 AM by jgriffit RSS

Are vfilers supported with SnapProtect?

parrizas NetApp Employee Sprinter
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Hi there,


We are experiencing some problems when using SnapProtect with vfilers.


We are trying to backup a NFS ESX Datastore which is served through a vfiler. SnapProtect creates the required snapshots on primary storage fine. On a second step, SnapProtect talks to DFM to archive that snapshot to secondary storage, but the operation fails, probably because SnapProtect treats de vfiler as a physical FAS although there are some operations that cannot be performed against the vfiler.


Do we have any official statement about what is supported/unsupported with SnapProtect and vfilers?



  • Are vfilers supported with SnapProtect?
    glennm NetApp Employee Novice
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    SnapProtect supports vFilers as sources and pFilers as destinations for replication. SnapProtect does not support the configuration of vFilers as replication targets.

    • Re: Are vfilers supported with SnapProtect?
      parida NetApp Employee Novice
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      Note that SnapVault and SnapDiff – both components used by SnapProtect – currently have limited support for vFilers. At present, SnapDiff API does not support vFilers; SnapVault does not support vFiler as a backup destination.




      Both limitations will be addressed in RR.1.




      Himanshu Parida


      DPG Product Mgmt



  • Are vfilers supported with SnapProtect?
    parrizas NetApp Employee Sprinter
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    Thanks for your anwsers.


    I will try to be more specific.


    I was talking about using a vfiler as the snapvault source. According to the documentation it's supported and should be working... but the truth is that we are finding problems to make it work. Has anyone tested this configuration?, are there any special considerations when dealing with vfilers?... we just added them to SnapProtect as any other physical array... 


    Here's a description of the problem we are experiencing:


    When getting to do the secondary snapshot (snapvault), SnapProtect talks to the DFM and according to the DFM logs, it lists all the hosts using API host-list-info-iter-start, this list includes physical filers and virtual filers (vfilers). For each of these hosts SP tries to get a list of interfaces using the API netif-ip-interface-list-info, which uses a snmpwalk. The problem is that vfilers don't implement SNMP so the call to that API fails when trying to run the query against a vfiler. SP outputs an error similar to "DFM error: SNMP walk failed" and the secondary snap job fails.


    That's why I am asking if we need to make any special configuration for vfilers or we can treat them just as standard arrays...


    Is this an issue of SnapProtect not making the proper API calls to the DFM when dealing with vfilers as primary storage?


    Thanks for your help!

    • Are vfilers supported with SnapProtect?
      NetApp Employee Sprinter
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      Can you describe what systems you have defined in Array Management (in SnapProtect) as well as in Host Storage Systems in Protection Manager?  I want to know where you have vfilers listed vs the physical host.

      • Are vfilers supported with SnapProtect?
        parrizas NetApp Employee Sprinter
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        It seems I'm not authorized to upload any screenshots to the communities so I will try to explain it with omly text:


        I have used ComCell Console > Control Panel > Array Management to configure physical systems, vfilers and DFM in SnapProtect:


        • For Physical System and vfiler I used "File Server" type and marked the checkbox "Primary"
        • For DFM I used "Data Fabric Manager" type


        So in the Array Management window I have IP address and login information for DFM, Physical System and Vfiler.


        The following is the output from a "dfm hosts list". The one in bold and underlined is the vfiler that I'm trying to backup.


        C:\Users\administrator.DEMONA>dfm hosts list

        ID   Type                     Host Name                           Host Address                              ProductId    Deleted

        ---- ------------------------ ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------------- ------------ --------

          83 Cluster                  cmode                                                                No

          84 Active/Active Controller curso15.DemoNA.NetAppU.com                              0101185268   No

          85 Active/Active Controller curso16.DemoNA.NetAppU.com                              0101183380   No

          82 Active/Active Controller curso8.demona.netappu.com                               0101179731   No

          78 Active/Active Controller fdemo2.demona.netappu.com                               0101199156   No

          74 Active/Active Controller fdemo3.demona.netappu.com                               0101174433   No

          79 Active/Active Controller fdemo6.demona.netappu.com                               0101174445   No

          81 Active/Active Controller fdemo7.demona.netappu.com                               0101174090   No

          77 Controller               nas.demona.netappu.com                                  0135058274   No

        809 Controller               node0                                                   0101184897   No

        810 Controller               node1                                                   0101169894   No

        811 Controller               node2                                                   0101180473   No

        812 Controller               node3                                                   0101176781   No

          75 Active/Active Controller test0.DemoNA.NetAppU.com                                0118051550   No

          76 Active/Active Controller test1.DemoNA.NetAppU.com                                0118053016   No

          80 Active/Active Controller urso9.demona.netappu.com                                0101168852   No

        971 vFiler                   vfiler1                                                              No

        1220 vFiler                   vfiler_test.demona.netappu.com                                           No

        2688 vFiler                   vfilermariano                                                        No

        1456 vFiler                   vfNETAPP03                                                           No

        1448 vFiler                   vfNETAPP03.demona.netappu.com                                           No

        880 vserver                  vs0                                                                  No

        878 vserver                  vs1                                                                                        No

        879 vserver                  vsTEST                                                                                     No

        877 vserver                  vsXEN                                                                                      No


        I am not sure if this is the information you are requesting, please let me know if you need any additional info.


        Thanks a lot for your help.



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