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Dell PS Series Snapshots and Clones: Best Practices and Sizing Guidelines Dell Storage Engineering December 2016

Dell EMC Best Practices

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December 2016

Minor updates

May 2012

Initial release

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Table of Contents 1

Introduction ...................................................................................................................................................................6 1.1

Audience .............................................................................................................................................................6

1.2

Terminology ........................................................................................................................................................6

2

PS Series storage ........................................................................................................................................................8

3

Protecting data with snapshots and clones ..................................................................................................................9 3.1

Snapshots ...........................................................................................................................................................9

3.2

Clone volumes ..................................................................................................................................................10

3.3

Differences between PS Series snapshots and clone volumes .......................................................................11

3.4

Storage requirements and configuration limits .................................................................................................12

3.5

Creating a snapshot .........................................................................................................................................13

3.6

Creating a clone volume ...................................................................................................................................15

3.7

Creating a template volume and thin clones ....................................................................................................15

3.8

Volume collections ............................................................................................................................................15

3.9

Snapshot schedules .........................................................................................................................................15

3.10 Dell EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager ........................................................................................................16 3.11 Supported versions of the Windows operat