Preparing for data protection for VMs, VMDKs, and datastores

Before performing any data protection operation such as backup or restore operations, you must define your strategy and set up the SnapCenter and vCenter environment. Using SnapCenter and SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere policies, you can perform SnapMirror and SnapVault updates.

To take advantage of SnapVault and SnapMirror technology, you must configure and initialize a data protection relationship between the source and destination volumes on the storage device. You can use NetApp OnCommand System Manager or you can use the ONTAP storage console command line to perform these tasks.

Note: You define SnapVault and SnapMirror relationships between source and destination volumes outside the SnapCenter Plug-in for VMware vSphere. For information on defining these relationships, see the ONTAP data protection documentation.

Data Protection Power Guide