0 Replies Latest reply: Nov 20, 2013 10:46 PM by MARCBEATH RSS

Using SMB3 from NetApp as storage for an Hyper-V 2012 R2 Cluster and how to backup VM's

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I am currently looking at utilising a CIFS/SMB3 share from a NetApp as storage space for a Windows Hyper-V 2012R2 Cluster. I have seen numerous pages and information advising that the new OnTap 8.2 features should support such a configuration (https://library.netapp.com/ecmdocs/ECMP1196891/html/GUID-22CB5323-1BBD-4099-BC7F-BA78BA76E12F.html).


The only way I have been able to import the storage into the cluster is as a file share in the cluster properties inside SCVMM 2012. This has made the storage available to the host nodes and has worked fine for failover and live migration. I was not able to add it as a File Server as SCVMMM interrogates the target using WINRM which (as far as I know) isn't a service that is listening on the NetApp. I have attempted to leverage information from MS articles but all the architectural and configuration information suggests using Scale Out File Servers and direct attached storage. I was wondering if someone was able to confirm that adding the NetApp CIFS share as a file share in the properties of the cluster is the correct way to configure SMB storage for presentation to an Hyper-V cluster.


The second issue that I have encountered is for backups. We are currently using Microsoft SCDPM (not a fan but what I have ATM) as a backup product. The issue that we have encountered is that for DPM to interact with VM's running on a file share it requires an agent to be running on the device that hosts the share and assumes that this is a Windows Server. As we cannot install the agent on the NetApp this is not a suitable backup option. We have investigated using Veeam as an alternative but this also requires the installation of a VeeamDeploymentService on the share target. 


Has anyone out there configured an Hyper-V cluster leveraging NetApp and SMB? If so, what hypervisor level backup solution did you leverage?

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