SnapManager 2.0 for Virtual Infrastructure Best Practices

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 24 September 2010, updated 29 September 2010

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ISBN-10: 0738434515
ISBN-13: 9780738434513
IBM Form #: SG24-7867-00
(118 pages)

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Authors: Alex Osuna, Amrita Das, Roland Tretau


This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides best practices for the IBM System Storage N sereis and SnapManager® for Virtual Infrastructure 2.0 (SMVI).

We address the resource utilization issues typically found within virtual environments by leveraging the underlying Snapshot technology, which enables you to create point-in-time copies of your virtual machines or entire data stores and then restore from these backup copies at any level of granularity, datastore, VM, disk (VMDK), or guest file, simply and quickly when required.

In addition, we provide best practices for protecting the SMVI server and recovering in case of a disaster. Furthermore, we explain the seamless integration of N series storage solutions, including MetroCluster, so customers can leverage storage and virtualization technologies to create dynamic infrastructures that can create tremendous business value.

The reader of this book will gain a deep understanding of how to implement SnapManager for Virtual Infrastructure in VMware vSphere environments.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to SnapManager for Virtual Infrastructure
Chapter 2. Concepts
Chapter 3. Planning
Chapter 4. Installation
Chapter 5. Process flow
Chapter 6. Disaster recovery
Chapter 7. VMware snapshots
Chapter 8. Data consistency in an SMVI environment
Chapter 9. Summary of best practices
Appendix A. Recovery procedures
Appendix B. Sample scripts
Appendix C. Troubleshooting single file restore
Appendix D. SMVI installation steps

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