VSA Hardware Revert VM on NFS Datastore

Last post 10-29-2015, 5:43 PM by Henry. 1 replies.
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  • VSA Hardware Revert VM on NFS Datastore
    Posted: 09-21-2015, 11:59 PM

    Hi all,

    I'm having trouble understanding exactly what Hardware Revert will do if selected for a Full VM restore.

    Based on the warning when this option is selected the Hardware Revert will revert the entire Volume "datastore" back to that snapshot. We have a NetApp if this makes any difference when discussing reverting snapshots.

    I have also read a NetApp/VMWare best practice that used the word either making me concerned as it’s a big different between restoring 1 VM or restoring 15-20 VM's on that volume. 

    Note: A hardware revert operation invokes either a single-file SnapRestore operation, which restores a single file from the Snapshot copy, or a volume-based SnapRestore operation, which reverts the entire volume to the Snapshot copy.

    For NetApp NFS configurations, a volume-based restore does the following:

    - Reverts all data on the file server volume, not just the data that is associated with the Snapshot copy

    - Deletes all Snapshot copies that were created after the Snapshot copy to which you are reverting

    What I hope will occur is just the single VM i.e.: the VMDK files related to the selected VM will be restored and not the entire volume.

    Thanks in advance


  • Re: VSA Hardware Revert VM on NFS Datastore
    Posted: 10-29-2015, 5:43 PM


    If you perform a Full VM Restore from an intellisnap backup of a VM that is on a NetApp NFS datastore then just the files associated with the VM will be restored/reverted.  This is accessed through the regular full VM restore screen -> Advanced -> "Use hardware revert capability if available"


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