NDMP configuration overview

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You can 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.

Configure NDMP in the following circumstances:

  • 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.

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