Creating a group snapshot

You can create a snapshot of a group of volumes immediately or create a schedule to automate future snapshots of the group of volumes. A single group snapshot can consistently snapshot up to 32 volumes at one time.


  1. Select NetApp Element Management > Management.
    Note: If two or more clusters are added, ensure that the cluster you intend to use for the task is selected in the navigation bar.
  2. Click the Volumes sub-tab.
  3. From the Active view, select the check box for each volume you want to use for the snapshot.
  4. Click Actions.
  5. In the resulting menu, select Create Group Snapshot.
  6. Optional: In the Create Group Snapshot dialog box, enter a name for the group snapshot.
    Tip: Use descriptive naming best practices. This is especially important if multiple clusters or vCenter Servers are used in your environment.
    Note: If you do not enter a name, the system creates a group snapshot default name using the date and time the snapshot was created.
  7. Optional: Select the Include snapshot in replication when paired check box to ensure that the snapshot is replicated when a parent volume is paired.
  8. Select one of the following as the retention period for the snapshot:
    • Keep forever: Retains the snapshot on the system indefinitely.
    • Set retention period: Determine a length of time (days, hours, or minutes) for the system to retain the snapshot.
    Note: When you set a retention period, you select a period that begins at the current time (retention is not calculated from the snapshot creation time).
  9. To take a single, immediate snapshot, select Take group snapshot now.
  10. To schedule the snapshot to run at a future time:
    1. Select Create snapshot schedule.
    2. Enter a schedule name.
    3. Select a schedule type from the list and configure the schedule details.
    4. Optional: Select the Recurrent Schedule check box to repeat the scheduled snapshot periodically.
  11. Click OK.