Restore snapshots while mapping FC LUNs (on ESX)

  1. In ElastiCenter, create an FC Storage Volume.
  2. In ElastiCenter assign an ESX Server as initiator to the FC Storage Volume.
  3. (In the following screen) Click on ESX Server and then select the configuration option.
  4. restore_snapshots_fc_esx_configuration

  5. Add Storage:
    1. Click Storage in the left pane.
    2. Mark the storage type as Disk/LUN and then click Next.
    3. (In the following screen) Select the listed LUN and then click Next.
    4. mount_fc_volume_esx_select_LUN

    5. Mark the File System Version as VMFS-5.
    6. Specify a name for the DataStore and then click Next.
    7. (In the following page) Mark Maximum available space option and then click next.
    8. Click Finish.
  6. Copy data.
    1. Right Click on the Datastore name and then select Browse Data.
    2. mount_fc_volume_browse_data

    3. Click on the upload icon to copy data as seen in the following page:
    4. mount_fc_volume_click_upload_icon

  7. Create a snapshot on the Storage Volume using the following procedures:
    1. In the Storage Volumes page, select the Storage Volume for which you want to create a local backup.
    2. In the following page, select Create Snapshot in the Actions pane.
    3. Specify a name for the snapshot to be created and then click OK.

    local_backup_create_snapshot1

  8. Delete data from the DataStore on the ESX Client.
  9. mount_fc_volume_delete_data

  10. In ElastiCenter, click Manage Snapshots (Actions pane > Local Backup) to view the list of previously captured snapshots.
  11. From the list of snapshots, select the snapshot you want to restore and then click Restore icon to roll back the Storage Volume content to previous state.
  12. local_backup_click_restore_icon2

  13. On the ESX client, refresh the Storage Volume and then view the required data.
  14. mount_iscsi_volume_refresh_data