Creating policies for custom plug-in resources

Before you use SnapCenter to back up custom plug-in specific resources, you must create a backup policy for the resource or resource group that you want to back up. A backup policy is a set of rules that governs how you manage, schedule, and retain backups. Additionally, you can specify replication, script, and application settings. Specifying options in a policy saves time when you want to reuse the policy for another resource group.

Before you begin


  1. In the left navigation pane, click Settings.
  2. In the Settings page, click Policies.
  3. Click New.
  4. In the Name page, enter the policy name and description.
  5. In the Settings page, perform the following steps:
    • Specify the schedule type by selecting Hourly, Daily, Weekly, or Monthly.
      Note: You can specify the schedule (start date, end date, and frequency) for the backup operation while creating a resource group. This enables you to create resource groups that share the same policy and backup frequency, but enables you to assign different backup schedules to each policy.
    • In the Custom backup settings section, provide any specific backup settings that has to be passed to the plug-in in key-value format. You can provide multiple key-values to be passed to the plug-in.
  6. In the Retention page, specify the retention settings for the backup type and the schedule type selected in the Backup Type page:
    If you want to... Then...
    Keep a certain number of Snapshot copies Select Total Snapshot copies to keep, and then specify the number of Snapshot copies that you want to keep.

    If the number of Snapshot copies exceeds the specified number, the Snapshot copies are deleted with the oldest copies deleted first.

    Important: You must set the retention count to 2 or higher if you plan to enable SnapVault replication. If you set the retention count to 1, the retention operation might fail because the first Snapshot copy is the reference Snapshot copy for the SnapVault relationship until a newer Snapshot copy is replicated to the target.
    Note: The maximum retention value is 1018 for resources on ONTAP 9.4 or later, and 254 for resources on ONTAP 9.3 or earlier. Backups will fail if retention is set to a value higher than what the underlying ONTAP version supports.
    Keep the Snapshot copies for a certain number of days Select Keep Snapshot copies for, and then specify the number of days for which you want to keep the Snapshot copies before deleting them.
  7. In the Replication page, specify the replication settings:
    For this field... Do this...
    Update SnapMirror after creating a local Snapshot copy Select this field to create mirror copies of the backup sets on another volume (SnapMirror replication).

    If the protection relationship in ONTAP is of type Mirror and Vault and if you select only this option, Snapshot copy created on the primary will not be transferred to the destination, but will be listed in the destination. If this Snapshot copy is selected from the destination to perform a restore operation, then the following error message is displayed: Secondary Location is not available for the selected vaulted/mirrored backup.

    Update SnapVault after creating a local Snapshot copy Select this option to perform disk-to-disk backup replication (SnapVault backups).
    Secondary policy label Select a Snapshot label.

    Depending on the Snapshot label that you select, the ONTAP software applies the secondary Snapshot copy retention policy that determines how Snapshot copies are retained on the secondary storage system.

    Error retry count Enter the maximum number of replication attempts that can be allowed before the operation stops.

    replication settings
  8. Review the summary and click Finish.