As I have mentioned in the past, we have gone through large migrations to DFS based storage on EMC ISILON hardware. As you may recall, we backup these DFS mounts (about 90 at last count) using multiple Windows servers that run multiple ISP nodes (about 30-each) and they access each DFS mount/filesystem via -object=\\rams.adp.vcu.edu\departmentname.
This has lead to lots of performance issue with backups and some departments are now complain that their backups are running into multiple-days in some cases. One such case in a department with 2-nodes with over 30-million objects for each node. In the past, their backups were able to finish quicker since they were accessed via dedicated servers and were able to use Journaling to reduce the scan times. Unless things have changed, I believe Journling is not an option due to how the files are accessed. FWIW, average backups are usually <50k files and <200GB once it finished scanning..... Also, the idea of HSM/SPACEMANAGEMENT has reared its ugly head since many of these objects haven't been accessed in many years old. But as I understand it, that won't work either given our current configuration. Given the current DFS configuration (previously CIFS), what can we do to improve backup performance? So, any-and-all ideas are up for discussion. There is even discussion on replacing ISP/TSM due to these issues/limitations. -- *Zoltan Forray* Spectrum Protect (p.k.a. TSM) Software & Hardware Administrator Xymon Monitor Administrator VMware Administrator Virginia Commonwealth University UCC/Office of Technology Services www.ucc.vcu.edu zfor...@vcu.edu - 804-828-4807 Don't be a phishing victim - VCU and other reputable organizations will never use email to request that you reply with your password, social security number or confidential personal information. For more details visit http://phishing.vcu.edu/