Creating target volumes and pairing them with local volumes

You can pair two or more local volumes with associated target volumes on a remote cluster. This process creates a replication target volume on the remote cluster for each local source volume you select. Use this method if there is Cluster Admin access to both clusters on which volumes are to be paired and remote cluster is controlled by the plug-in. This method uses the volume ID of each volume on the remote cluster to initiate one or more connections.

Before you begin


  1. From the vCenter that contains the local cluster, 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 two or more volumes you want to pair.
  4. Click Actions.
  5. In the resulting menu, click Volume Pairing.
  6. In the Multiple Volume Pairing with Target Volume Creation dialog box, select a Replication Mode from the drop-down list.
    • Real-time (Synchronous): Writes are acknowledged to the client after they are committed on both the source and target clusters.
    • Real-time (Asynchronous): Writes are acknowledged to the client after they are committed on the source cluster.
    • Snapshots Only: Only snapshots created on the source cluster are replicated. Active writes from the source volume are not replicated.
  7. Select a paired cluster from the drop-down list.
  8. Select an account on the target cluster for the replication target volume.
  9. Optional: Type a prefix or suffix for the new volume names on the target cluster.
    Note: A sample volume name with the modified name is shown.
  10. Click Create Pairs.
    Note: After you confirm the pairing, the two clusters begin the process of connecting the volumes. During the pairing process, you can see progress messages in the Volume Status column on the Volume Pairs page. After the process completes, new target volumes are created and connected on the remote cluster.
  11. Select Protection > Volume Pairs on either cluster.
  12. Verify the status of the volume pairing.