NDMP configuration overview


This content describes how to quickly configure an ONTAP 9 cluster to use the Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) to back up data directly to tape using a third-party backup application.

You should use this content if you want to configure NDMP in the following context:

  • The cluster is running ONTAP 9.

  • You have a third-party backup application (also called a Data Management Application or DMA).

  • You are a cluster administrator.

  • You want to perform backup operations either at the cluster level (using the admin storage virtual machine (SVM)) or node level.

  • Tape devices and an optional media server are installed.

  • Tape devices are connected to the cluster through a Fibre Channel (FC) switch and not directly attached.

  • At least one tape device has a logical unit number (LUN) of 0.

  • You want to use best practices, not explore every available option.

  • You do not want to read a lot of conceptual background.

If these assumptions are not correct for your situation, you should see Data protection using tape backup.