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Hi Experts,

I have a a file server running and it is connected to my SAN via iSCSI (native SAN)
All data from the fileserver is there.
This volume is also replicated to another PS4100E unit.

Is it possible to use the snapshots of the volume instead of the backup ?
Can I restore files when user delete them suddenly ?

what is the best solution ?
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LVL 123
ID: 37758329
Yes, you can use SAN Snapshots for backup.

But you must Quiece the Virtual Machine virtual disk using a VMware Snapshot, then Create your SAN Snapshot.

Normally you can browse the Snapshot or use Previous version to restore files.
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 37760389
I have several shares on this volume.
Is it wise to use the san snapshot here ?
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ID: 37760427
It will not make any difference to the Windows Shares. SAN Snapshots will be at the SAN level and not affect the Windows Shares.
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 37760609
I know that the san snapshots directly at san are done.
My problem is, to back it up with symantec it takes many hours.
I have to take care about all files, in case a user deletes a file or loose a file.
Can I use in this case a snapshot of the volume, lets say each hour ?
And can I restore files easily to the user folders on this volume ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
ID: 37760654
Yes, Yes and Yes.

In the Workstation OS, check if previous versions is supported on files and folders.
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by:Eprs_Admin
ID: 37761145
is there a manual how to do this snapshots on the native san volume ?

Do I have to enable something on the vm itself ?
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all the manuals will be on the Dell site, although it tells me page not availablevwhen I try to find manuals for 4100e
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ok I will look into it.
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