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Creating a vault relationship from a source volume

You can use System Manager to create a vault relationship between a source volume and a destination volume from the source volume, and assign a vault policy to it to create a backup vault. In the event of data loss or corruption on a system, backed-up data can be restored from the backup vault destination.

Before you begin

About this task

System Manager does not support a cascade relationship. For example, a destination volume in a relationship cannot be the source volume in another relationship.


  1. Expand the Storage Virtual Machines hierarchy in the left navigation pane.
  2. In the navigation pane, select the Storage Virtual Machine (SVM), and click Storage > Volumes .
  3. Select the volume for which you want to create a vault relationship, and click Protect by > Vault.
    The Protect by option is available only for a read/write volume.
  4. In the Create Vault Relationship window, specify the cluster and the SVM that contains the destination volume.
  5. If the selected SVM is not peered, use the Authenticate link to enter the credentials of the remote cluster, and create the SVM peer relationship.
  6. Create a new destination volume or select an existing volume:
    If you want to... Do the following...
    Create a new volume
    1. If you want to change the default name, displayed in the format source_SVM_name_source_volume_name_vault, specify a new name and select the containing aggregate for the destination volume.
    2. Select Enable dedupe to enable deduplication on the new destination volume.

      If deduplication is disabled on the source volume, then the check box for the new volume is selected by default.

    Select an existing volume Select the Select Volume option.
    Note: Only those volumes with the same language attribute as the source volume are listed.
  7. Select an existing policy or create a new policy:
    If you want to... Do the following...
    Select an existing policy Select a vault policy from the list.

    You can select a policy that has the maximum number of matching labels with the Snapshot policy that is attached to the source volume.

    Create a new policy
    1. Click Create Policy.
    2. Specify a policy name and set the schedule transfer priority.

      Low indicates that the transfer has the least priority and is usually scheduled after normal priority transfers. By default, the priority is set to normal.

    3. Select the Enable Network Compression check box to compress the data that is being transferred.
    4. Click Create.

    You can also specify the SnapMirror label and destination retention count for the vault policy. However, you must ensure that a Snapshot copy with the same label is created on the source volume for the new SnapMirror label to be effective.

  8. Specify a schedule for the relationship:
    If... Do the following...
    You want to assign an existing schedule From the list of schedules, select an existing schedule.
    You want to create a new schedule
    1. Click Create Schedule.
    2. Specify a name for the schedule.
    3. Select either Basic or Advanced.
      • Basic: You can select this option to specify only the day of the week, time, and the transfer interval.
      • Advanced: You can select this option to specify a cron style schedule.
    4. Click Create.
    You do not want to assign a schedule Select None.
  9. Optional: Select Initialize Relationship.
  10. Click Create.


If you chose to create a new destination volume, a volume of type dp is created with the following default settings:

If the destination volume is on a different SVM than the source, then a peer relationship is created between the two SVMs if the relationship did not already exist.

A vault relationship is created between the source volume and the destination volume. The base Snapshot copy is transferred to the destination volume if you have opted to initialize the relationship.