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VMware is recently announced the upcoming VMware vSphere Beta Program. This program enables you to help define the direction of the most widely adopted industry-leading virtualization platform. Folks who want to participate in the program can now indicate their interest by filling out this simple form. The vSphere team will grant access to the program to selected candidates in stages. This vSphere Beta Program leverages a private Beta community to download software and share information. We will provide discussion forums, webinars, and service requests to enable you to share your feedback with us.

You can expect to download, install, and test vSphere Beta software in your environment or get invited to try new features in a VMware hosted environment. All testing is free-form and we encourage you to use our software in ways that interest you. This will provide us with valuable insight into how you use vSphere in real-world conditions and with real-world test cases, enabling us to better align our product with your business needs.

Some of the many reasons to participate in this beta opportunity:

  • Receive early access to the vSphere Beta products
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NetApp SnapMirror policies and Veeam integration

Since years NetApp has the two different data protection mechanisms SnapMirror and SnapVault. SnapMirror is used to mirror the state of the volume to a secondary volume including all SnapShots and can be used to be a disaster recovery solution. SnapVault is used to build up a data protection (backup) solution based on SnapShots. With SnapVault you can define different numbers of SnapShots for primary and secondary volume. You can e.g. save 10 SnapShots on your production for instant recovery, primary volume and keep 200 SnapShots on you secondary volume for long-term retention.

With Data ONTAP 8.3 NetApp has extended the data protection relationships (type XDP) support by two more use cases, mirroring and mirror-vault. Mirror-Vault can be used to have one data protection relation for both, backup (SnapVault) and disaster recovery (SnapMirror). In previous versions you only had one data protection (type DP) relationship for async-mirror (SnapMirror) and one extended data protection relationship (type XDP) for SnapVault. The table below explains the current available types of data protection policies and their related results. The new flexible version SnapMirror is part of XDP as well.

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As you can see, NetApp integrated the two new type into the XDP type. Veeam supports all four different types of data protection policies and relation types.

If you want to use any kind of secondary integration, you simply have to choose in our job settings.

Depending on your SnapMirror policy type you now have to select different options to get the update to a secondary ONTAP running.

Standard SnapMirror relation (async-mirror, DP)
To get a standard SnapMirror relation working you have to choose “Configure secondary destination for this job” in your Veeam Job in the section “Storage”.
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In the next section “Secondary Target” you can now add a SnapMirror update by clicking on “Add” and selecting “SnapMirror”.
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In the appearing window you simply click on “OK” to add SnapMirror secondary target job to your original Veeam Job.
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You will see the SnapMirror Job in the GUI.
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Standard SnapVault relation (vault, XDP)
To get a standard SnapVault relation working you have to choose “Configure secondary destination for this job” in your Veeam Job in the section “Storage”.
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In the next section “Secondary Target” you can now add a SnapVault update by clicking on “Add” and selecting “SnapVault”.
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In the appearing window you have to specify the amount of SnapShots that should be saved on the secondary window (SnapVault retention). In our case 30 SnapShots will be saved on the secondary volume.
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After a click on “OK” you will see the SnapVault integration immediately in the GUI.
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Version Flexible SnapMirror (async-mirror, XDP)
To get a version flexible SnapMirror relation working you have to choose “Configure secondary destination for this job” in your Veeam Job in the section “Storage”.
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As the version flexible SnapMirror is relation type is XDP Veeam recognizes them as a SnapVault relation. That means that you have to select “NetApp SnapVault” under “Add” in the “Secondary Target” window.
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In the appearing window you can leave everything on default. As it is a mirror the number of SnapShot copies for secondary does not have any effect. The number of SnapShots that will be saved on the secondary volume is depending on what you’ve entered in the Job setting “Storage” section under “Restore points to keep on disks”.
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After a click on “OK” you will see the version flexible SnapMirror integration immediately in the GUI (shown as NetApp SnapVault).
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Mirror and Vault combined (MirrorAndVault, XDP)
To get a version combined SnapMirror/SnapVault (mirror-vault) relation working you have to choose “Configure secondary destination for this job” in your Veeam Job in the section “Storage”.
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As the mirror-vault relation type is XDP Veeam recognizes them as a SnapVault relation. That means that you have to select “NetApp SnapVault” under “Add” in the “Secondary Target” window.
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In the appearing window you can specify the number of SnapShots that should be saved on the secondary volume. In our case we save 30 SnapShots on the secondary volume.
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After a click on “OK” you will see the mirror-vault integration immediately in the GUI (shown as NetApp SnapVault).
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