SnapDrive for Windows enables you to automate storage provisioning tasks and to manage data in Microsoft Windows environments. You can run SnapDrive on Windows hosts in either a physical or virtual environment.
What SnapDrive does SnapDrive helps you automate storage provisioning tasks and manage data in SAN and SMB 3.0 Windows environments. You can run SnapDrive software on Windows hosts in either a physical or a virtual environment.
Understanding your SnapDrive components
Several components are integrated into the SnapDrive software and are automatically installed. These components enable you to manage LUNs, Windows volumes, or SMB shares. You can use these components together to enable SnapDrive workflows, including provisioning, Snapshot copy management, backup, restore, and mounting operations.
Your SnapDrive license can reside either on the local host or on the storage system, that you are using SnapDrive to manage.
How LUNs work
The following section describes how LUNs work by interacting with Windows hosts and with storage systems.
Disk allocation considerations
Resources you should consider when you plan disk allocation on the storage system include RAID groups, hot spare disks, and aggregates.
How volume space is used
SnapDrive uses space on a storage system volume for LUNs and their data, and also for the data that changes between Snapshot copies, the LUN's active file system, and for metadata.
Considerations for setting fractional reserve for FlexVol volumes Fractional reserve, also called LUN overwrite reserve, enables you to control the size of the overwrite reserve for reserved LUNs and files in a FlexVol volume. By using this volume attribute correctly you can maximize your storage utilization, but you should understand how it interacts with other technologies.
SnapDrive for Windows GUI icon descriptions
The SnapDrive for Windows graphical user interface (GUI) uses icons to represent objects that are available in SnapDrive, the state of those objects, and actions you can perform from MMC.