Restoring a volume from backup on a SolidFire storage cluster

You can restore a volume from a backup on a SolidFire storage cluster.

About this task

When backing up or restoring from one cluster to another, the system generates a key to be used as authentication between the clusters. This bulk volume write key allows the source cluster to authenticate with the destination cluster, providing a level of security when writing to the destination volume. As part of the backup or restore process, you need to generate a bulk volume write key from the destination volume before starting the operation.

Steps

  1. On the destination cluster, click Management > Volumes.
  2. Click the Actions icon for the volume you want to restore.
  3. In the resulting menu, click Restore from.
  4. In the Integrated Restore dialog box, under Restore from, select SolidFire.
  5. Select the option that matches the backup under Data Format:
    • Native: A compressed format readable only by SolidFire storage systems.
    • Uncompressed: An uncompressed format compatible with other systems.
  6. Click Generate Key.
  7. Copy the Bulk Volume Write Key information to the clipboard.
  8. On the source cluster, click Management > Volumes.
  9. Click the Actions icon for the volume you want to use for the restore.
  10. In the resulting menu, click Backup to.
  11. In the Integrated Backup dialog box, select SolidFire under Backup to.
  12. Select the option that matches the backup under Data Format.
  13. Enter the management virtual IP address of the destination volume's cluster in the Remote Cluster MVIP field.
  14. Enter the remote cluster user name in the Remote Cluster Username field.
  15. Enter the remote cluster password in the Remote Cluster Password field.
  16. Paste the key from your clipboard into the Bulk Volume Write Key field.
  17. Click Start Read.