SnapProtect Solution Administration (SPSA)


This course prepares you to operate a NetApp® SnapProtect® CommCell with the following clients: NAS, Microsoft SQL, Microsoft Exchange, VMware® vCenter and other virtual server clients. The administrative best practices for trouble-free operation are emphasized throughout the course.


This course is designed for customers, NetApp Professional Services, partners, and Customer Success engineers.


You should be familiar with the following the SnapProtect Solution.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Manage the essential CommCell components: resource pools, storage virtual machine (SVM) peers, and disk libraries
  • Configure SnapProtect software to back up and restore volumes and directories on NAS servers
  • Back up and restore SQL Server databases
  • Back up and restore Microsoft Exchange mailbox servers
  • Back up and restore virtual machines
  • Update the CommCell to the latest SnapProtect service pack
  • Perform CommCell management tasks

  OUTLINE: SnapProtect Solution Administration (SPSA)

Module 1: Getting Started with the SnapProtect Solution

  • Describe the SnapProtect solution
  • Describe SnapProtect for Open Systems
  • Use the Getting Started tab to configure the initial settings of the CommCell Browser
  • Describe setup configurations that impact SnapProtect operations

Module 2: The NDMP Protocol and the SnapProtect Solution

  • Describe the NDMP protocol
  • Node-Scoped NDMP for Clustered Data ONTAP
  • Describe Cluster Aware Backup (CAB) operations
  • Configure the NDMP Services for Cluster Data ONTAP 8.2 and later
  • Configure the NDMP protocol in Data ONTAP systems

Module 3: Protecting Data on NAS File Servers

  • Add Data ONTAP clusters and storage virtual machines (SVMs) to a CommCell
  • Create NAS subclients and storage policies
  • Manage NAS backup and restore operations
  • Create schedule policies for NAS data

Module 4: Protecting Microsoft SQL Server Databases

  • Describe Microsoft SQL Server architecture
  • Backup and restore SQL Server databases
  • Schedule backup operations for SQL Server database and log files

Module 5: Protecting Microsoft Exchange Servers

  • Describe Microsoft Exchange clients
  • Administer SnapProtect backup operations for Exchange mailbox databases
  • Restore Exchange mailbox databases
  • Use snap mining to perform single-mailbox recovery

Module 6: Protecting Virtual Machines

  • Describe the components that protect virtual machines in a SnapProtect solution
  • Define guest machines or virtual machines as subclients
  • Back up and restore guest machines or virtual machines

Module 7: SnapProtect Solution Management Tasks

  • Describe best practices for administering the SnapProtect solution
  • Change access passwords, IP addresses, and host names
  • Upgrade SnapProtect service packs

New Features

  • SnapProtect 10 SP8 New Features
    • Download manager for UNIX installations
    • Warning for NAS client restores
    • Cascade Topology support for SnapProtect for Open Systems (SPOS)
    • Cluster Aware Backup (CAB) extension for clustered data ONTAP
    • VMware view for ALL Versions feature
    • Virtual machines conversion (VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V)
    • Cloud support with AltaVault appliances
  • SnapProtect Version 10 SP10
    • Single-file restore (SFR)
    • Root file system support for SnapProtect for Open Systems
  • SnapProtect Version 10 SP11
      Support for two-node MetroCluster configuration Support for MySQL on the UNIX operating system Support for Hyper-V on SMB 3.0 shares


Locate Vserver Associations
Locate resource pools
Manage disk space of resource pools
Delegate volume creation to SVMs
Tour the CommCell browser
Verify that the SnapProtect license file is valid
Setting up the Windows domain administrator and administrators’ group
Use the getting started tab to create two disk libraries
Modify the CommServerDR storage policy
Add the OnCommand Unified Manger server to the CommCell
Review the NDMP configurations on cluster1 and cluster2
Add storage systems to the CommCell
Configure a NAS file server as a CommCell client machine
Use the detect tool to add the SVMs of a cluster as separate clients
Create a NAS subclient
Initiate backup operations
Restore individual files from the primary (snap) copy
Restore individual files from the mirror copy
Create and assign a NAS schedule policy
Set the database option to full recovery
Create a storage policy that is dedicated to a Microsoft SQL database
Create a subclient for a Microsoft SQL database
Initiate a local backup of the AdventureWorks database subclient
Resolve an SQL database backup issue
Initiate a mirror replication of the AdventureWorks database subclient
Configure iSCSI connection between SQL Server host and SVMs
Restore SQL databases
Challenge task
Configure required Exchange server settings
Create an Exchange database subclient and storage policy
Initiate local, mirror, and vault back up operations
Restore Exchange databases from a SnapMirror copy
Schedule backup operations
Add the vCenter Server as a virtualization client
Create a subclient with a dedicated storage policy
Initiate a backup job
Restore a virtual machine
Create and run an auxiliary vault copy of the VMware datastore
Create schedule policies to back up vCenter servers
Change user credentials globally
Gather log files with the send log files tool – not specifying a Job ID
Initiate and schedule the Job Summary Report