SnapManager for Exchange Configuration Wizard

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In this tutorial I will guide you through the SnapManager for Exchange Configuration Wizard. You must have SnapDrive installed and configured with your Lun layout and SnapManager for Exchange installed. Parts of this tutorial have been blurred out for security and privacy reasons.

1. Once SnapManager for Exchange is installed, start the program by going to Start – All Programs – NetApp – SnapManager for Exchange Management Console.


2. Click Add Server to be Managed on the right hand side and the following Window will pop up. Double Click the Exchange Server at the top and the field below will be automatically populated. Click Add.


3. The wizard detects that this exchange server has not previously been configured with SnapManager for Exchange and you are prompted to run the Configuration Wizard. Click Ok.


4. The SnapManager for Exchange Configuration Wizard automatically starts. Click Next.


5. Usually the exchange server that you are installing SnapManager for Exchange on would be the Verification Server. However for a heavily utilized Exchange server you might consider having another server perform the verification role. In this tutorial we will use the exchange server. Click Next.


6. Confirm that this is the exchange server you want to configure. Click Next.


7. SnapManager for Exchange requires a few rules to work correctly. If you wish to recover individual mailbox stores, you must have each database on its own lun. If you don’t have enough drive letters, you can use volume mount points. If you don’t have a need to restore individual mailbox store’s you can place all your databases on one lun. The caveat with this setup is that if you need to restore a mailbox store, you must restore all mailbox stores on the lun. The log, storage group files and snapinfo directory must reside on a different lun than the databases. All this three files and folders can reside on the same lun. In this window we will migrate our mailbox stores from local disk to a lun. I have configured one lun per mailbox store in my setup (so I can perform the recovery of individual mailbox stores). Simply click on the Storage Group/Database and then click on the lun you wish to move the Storage Group/Database to. If you make a mistake, highlight the Storage Group/Database you wish to change and click Reconfigure. If you select a Storage Group/Database and click Details, you are able to change the path/directory of the destination lun. When you are finished click Next


8. This window will migrate your log files. Click the Storage Group/Database that you wish to migrate and then select the lun and click <=>. All my log files will sit on the E: If you make a mistake, highlight the Storage Group/Database you wish to change and click Reconfigure. If you select a Storage Group/Database and click Details, you are able to change the path/directory of the destination lun. When you are finished click Next.


9. The Exchange SMTP and MTA directories/files can sit anywhere except the lun where the Exchange databases sit. It is recommended to leave them on the local drive. Click Next.


10. The SnapInfo directory can sit on the same lun as the log files or it can sit on a separate lun. It is recommened to sit the snapinfo directories on teh same lun as the log files for performance reasons.


11. If you are using Protection Manager for Archiving you will have options here. I don’t have protection manager installed at this point so I will click Next.


12. All my luns are using iSCSI. I will select yes to make the iSCSI server a dependency for the Exchange System Attendanct service. To make sure the drives/luns are available before exchange starts.


13. You can configure e-mail notification and Autosupport notifications here. They are pretty self explanatory. Click Next.


14. A summary of all your setting are now available for you to check. If you are happy with the changes click Finish.


15. The configuration Task List pops up. Click Start Now.


16. Storage Groups will be taken offline during the move. Click Yes to continue.


17. Once the move completes, your SnapManager for Exchange is ready to configure your backup jobs.

If you have any technical questions about this tutorial or any other tutorials on this site, please open a new thread in the forums and the community will be able to help you out.

Disclaimer:
All the tutorials included on this site are performed in a lab environment to simulate a real world production scenario. As everything is done to provide the most accurate steps to date, we take no responsibility if you implement any of these steps in a production environment.

  • Mulmer

    im so glad i found this guide. and im so glad you took the time to make some pictures and the most important thing im so happy about is that you discribe the important things in a short an easy way.

    good job !

    thanks
    Michael

  • Mulmer

    I just migrated my productiv system and all went alsolutly fine without any problems thanks again for this guide !!!!