A Technical Architects Diary

Tag: symbolic links

CIFS data migrations

by on Mar.03, 2011, under Command Line, General

Almost seamless! Sort of…

As with most of my thoughts, it started with an innocent customer query. EMC have some very cool inbuilt tools for doing seamless CIFS data migration, but NetApp don’t. It’s something that often causes a fair amount of problems and some careful planning with NetApp as we don’t have this. But I was thinking today, we kinda do, I just don’t think we leverage the tools available properly.

Enter widelinks. Here is an excerpt from a NetApp KB article on the topic (KB 3011420)…

A symbolic link is a special file created by NFS clients that points to another file or directory. Widelink entries are a way to redirect absolute symbolic links on the filer. They allow the symbolic link destination to be a share on the same filer or on another filer. The following examples illustrate how to create a symlink from volume to qtree on the same filer, and from volume to volume on different filers.

What does this mean and why will my life be easier after reading the rest of this article?

So if I have a nice shiny new NetApp filer (or an old one I haven’t got round to migrating my CIFS data onto yet), and I have my old CIFS file server that is rapidly approaching failure or out of support. I can create my new file and share structure on my NetApp, and then use widelinks to redirect the user to the CIFS file server while I worry about all the data copy out of hours without having the ball-ache of copying all my data all at once.

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