Back up file shares and disks

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You can view and manage the Snapshots (backups or recovery points) of the volumes (file shares and disks) created in your environment to maintain multiple copies of primary file shares and disks remotely.

The replicated file shares and disks from different zones are stored on a dedicated backup storage VM (storage virtual machine, also known as SVM) on each cluster. Backups can be performed between two separate ONTAP clusters in different zones. The standard backup policies supported by NetApp Service Engine are:

  • Adhoc

  • Daily

  • Weekly

  • Monthly

If your volume does not follow the standard backup policies supported by NetApp Service Engine, you can raise a service request of the Non Standard Volume category to fix the issue.

Note An adhoc (non-scheduled) backup can be performed at any time, manually through the GUI or by using APIs.

You can view the list of Snapshots created for your file shares and disks on the Backups page. Backups are displayed based on the selected tenant.

Create a backup object

You can create Snapshots for your volumes by defining the backup policy when you create a file share or create a disk.

Steps
  1. Enable Backup Policy.

  2. Specify the backup zone and the number of backups to be taken on an adhoc, daily, weekly, and/or monthly basis.

  3. Click Create.

Note You can also create or schedule backups by editing the backup policy for an existing file share or disk.

Modify a backup object

For a selected backup object of a file share or disk, you can disable the backup or detach the backup object from its source and make it an orphan backup. This operation breaks the SnapMirror relationship with the source. You can also modify the number of backups to be taken on an adhoc, daily, weekly, and/or monthly basis.

Steps
  1. Locate the backup in the list and click the edit icon, at the end of the row, for that object.

  2. Make changes to the backup source and the number of each type of backup as required.
    You can break the SnapMirror relationship with the source volume by changing the backup source to None (orphaned). The backups are retained as orphan backups for restoration even when the source volumes are deleted. The state of the backup object changes, and the status of the source volume (orphan or deleted) is appended to the source volume name on the same list.
    For information about object states, see here

  3. Click Done.
    The Snapshot is modified. If you have broken the SnapMirror relationship with the source, that is, orphaned the backup object, the name of the Source in the Backups tab appears as deleted.

Note You can also break the SnapMirror relationship with the source volume by disabling Backup Policy for the volume.

Delete a backup object

Delete an unused backup volume to increase your storage space.

Steps
  1. Locate the backup in the list and click the delete icon, at the end of the row, for that object.

  2. In the Confirm Delete dialog box, enter the backup name (source volume name) to confirm that you want to delete the backup object.

  3. Click Confirm.

Note When a backup is deleted, all the recovery points for the backup are deleted. Also, even if you delete a primary file share or disk, the backup is retained as an orphan backup with all the recovery points for restoration. To delete the backup volume and recovery points of the deleted source, you should explicitly delete the backup object from the Backups tab.

Backup Restore

You can raise a service request to restore a file share or disk from a specific recovery point.

Steps
  1. Select SUPPORT from the left navigation pane and select Service Requests.

  2. Click New Service Request.

  3. Select Backup Restore as the category for the service request.

  4. Specify other details and proceed.