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Snapmirror Async Best Practice

Snapmirror Async Best Practice

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NETAPP TECHNICAL REPORT
SnapMirror Async Overview and Best PracticesGuide
Srinath Alapati, Darrin Chapman, NetAppTR 3446
Updated for Data ONTAP 7.3
ABSTRACT
This document is a deployment guide for designing and deploying NetApp® SnapMirror® Async in acustomer environment. It describes replicating data to a NetApp destination system by using NetAppSnapMirror technology. As always, please refer to the latest technical publications on the NOW™ (NetAppon the Web) site for updates on processes, Data ONTAP® command syntax, and the latest requirements,issues, and limitations. This document is intended to assist field personnel in designing and deploying aSnapMirror solution.
 
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1
INTRODUCTION........................................................................................................................4
1.1
INTENDED AUDIENCE................................................................................................................................4
1.2
PURPOSE.....................................................................................................................................................4
1.3
PREREQUISITES AND ASSUMPTIONS.....................................................................................................4
1.4
BUSINESS APPLICATIONS........................................................................................................................4
1.5
BENEFITS OF SNAPMIRROR.....................................................................................................................5
2
OVERVIEW................................................................................................................................5
2.1
THE BASICS.................................................................................................................................................5
2.2
SNAPSHOT COPY BEHAVIOR IN SNAPMIRROR.....................................................................................6
2.3
VOLUME SNAPMIRROR AND QTREE SNAPMIRROR..............................................................................7
2.4
SNAPMIRROR VOLUME REPLICATION....................................................................................................7
2.5
SNAPMIRROR QTREE REPLICATION.......................................................................................................9
2.6
KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN VOLUME AND QTREE SNAPMIRROR................................................10
2.7
SUPPORT FOR VOLUME TYPES.............................................................................................................12
2.8
MODES OF SNAPMIRROR........................................................................................................................12
2.9
CONTROL FILES........................................................................................................................................13
2.10
MULTIPATH SUPPORT.............................................................................................................................14
3
OPERATIONAL BEHAVIORS.................................................................................................15
3.1
UPDATE FAILURES...................................................................................................................................20
3.2
CONCURRENT REPLICATION OPERATIONS.........................................................................................20
3.3
NEARSTORE PERSONALITY...................................................................................................................20
3.4
SYSTEMWIDE THROTTLE........................................................................................................................21
3.5
DYNAMIC THROTTLE................................................................................................................................21
3.6
FIREWALL CONFIGURATION...................................................................................................................22
4
BEST PRACTICES AND RECOMMENDATIONS...................................................................22
5
NETWORK-FREE SEEDING...................................................................................................25
5.1
SNAPMIRROR TO TAPE...........................................................................................................................25
5.2
LREP...........................................................................................................................................................25
6
SUMMARY OF SNAPMIRROR CHANGES IN DATA ONTAP 7.3.........................................26
7
SNAPMIRROR MANAGEMENT..............................................................................................26
8
USE OF SNAPMIRROR WITH OTHER NETAPP PRODUCTS..............................................29
8.1
NETAPP MANAGEABILITY SUITE...........................................................................................................29
8.2
FLEXCLONE...............................................................................................................................................30
8.3
SNAPVAULT...............................................................................................................................................31
8.4
SNAPLOCK................................................................................................................................................33
 
 
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8.5
MULTISTORE.............................................................................................................................................34
8.6
METROCLUSTER.......................................................................................................................................35
8.7
FLEXSHARE...............................................................................................................................................36
8.8
DEDUPLICATION FOR FAS......................................................................................................................36
9
TIPS FOR TROUBLESHOOTING...........................................................................................38
10
APPENDIX...............................................................................................................................39
10.1
FAILOVER AND FAILBACK WITH SNAPMIRROR..................................................................................39
10.2
PLANNED FAILOVER (NO DISASTER)....................................................................................................39
10.3
FAILOVER IN THE EVENT OF A REAL DISASTER.................................................................................40
10.4
SNAPLOCK AND QTREE SNAPMIRROR RESYNC.................................................................................41
10.5
MAKING THE SNAPVAULT DESTINATION WRITABLE.........................................................................42
10.6
MIGRATING SNAPVAULT BY USING SNAPMIRROR.............................................................................43
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REFERENCES.........................................................................................................................44
 

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