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Volume Replicator and Enterprise Vault

Created: 04 Jan 2012 • Updated: 05 Jan 2012 | 2 comments
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Hi All,

I am after some advice and am hoping someone here can help me out.

I have been asked to investigate implementing a distributed file system for one of our clients.  The client has a datacentre and 25 remote offices.  We would like to implement a file-based architecture where each remote site has a copy of its files, which are then replicated back to the datacentre.  The datacentre copy will then be used for backup processes and in the event that the site server fails.

This is all well and good, but we also need to implement stub-file based archiving.  Our client is not happy with the idea of having to go to two separate locations to get files, so we need to use stub files that remain on the top tier of storage while the data blocks are moved to a lower performing disk tier.

Again, this isn't something that should pose a problem.

However, we had intented to use Microsoft's DFSR to carry out the replication, and a third-party solution to handle the archiving, but after discussions with MS it transpires that DFSR cannot replicate stub files (or NTFS reparse points in technical terms). 

I then discovered through forum hopping that it might be possible to achieve both of these requirements through a combination of Enterprise Vault (stub-file based archiving) and the Volume Replicator option from Storage Foundation (replicated filesystems).  I cannot find anyone who has succesfully achieved this though, hence my post here.

I would therefore be immensely grateful if anyone could offer me any support as to whether this will work.   I have already posted this in the EV forum, but haven't had any responses yet, so am posting here, hope that isn't a problem.

Thanks in advance,

Phil 

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Wally_Heim's picture

Hi Phil,

VVR with Flashsnap with NBU can be used to copy the data from one site to another another and perform backups at the remote site.

I'm not sure if this combination will provide the solution that you are looking for.  With Flashsnap, you will need at least twice the disk space at the VVR secondary site in order to take backups of the data being replicated to that site.

EV can be used with VVR without an issue.  You can setup SFW-HA with VVR and GCO to allow site failover that will handle the DR situation that you described.

I'm not an EV person so I don't really know EV will do what you want. I would recommend getting with a Symantec Sales Engineer to have them work with you to determine if our solution will meet all of your needs.

Thanks,

Wally

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bigphil9009's picture

Hi Wally,

Many thanks for your reply.  I have opened a dialogue with Symantec pre-sales as you suggested.  If I hear back from them and get a resolution I will post back here in case anyone else has the same question in the future.

Thanks again,

Phil