NetApp Snapshot Support1 April 2008 · Filed in Information
For readers that didn’t already know this, Snapshots on NetApp-hosted CIFS shares are automatically and transparently recognized by Windows versions that support the “Previous Versions” tab. I believe this functionality is native on Windows Server 2003 and an add-on for Windows XP, but I’m not 100% certain. Either way, this means that users can easily recover files from NetApp Snapshots from within the Windows GUI.
Here’s a screenshot of the Previous Versions support on an out-of-the-box server running Windows Server 2003 R2:
As you can see in the screenshot, the Previous Versions tab automatically shows the NetApp Snapshots. No configuration is required; this is after a vanilla installation of Windows Server 2003 R2 and all applicable updates from Windows Update.
To NetApp veterans, this is nothing new, but I thought some new NetApp users out there might find information about this functionality and integration useful.Tags: Microsoft · NetApp · Snapshots · Storage · Windows Previous Post: Quick Guide to Setting up NetApp Deduplication Next Post: Potential Problem with ESX 3.0.x and VirtualCenter 2.5