The implementation of a FC SAN boot solution using a SUN ZFS Storage Appliance on a high availability SAN demonstrates that a high level of protection that does not involve increased administrative costs is possible as a result. The paper describes this implementation, which has been validated with a variety of servers, operating systems and hardware configurations, both SPARC and x86. Operating system assets can be protected with this implementation by using a variety of methods including snapshots, clones, replication, or Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) backup to tape. The ability to manage and maintain operating systems on servers throughout the organization from a central appliance lowers administrative costs, author Tom Hanvey asserts.
NDMP Implementation Guide for the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
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