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Using This Documentation

Chapter 1 Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Overview

Chapter 2 Status

Chapter 3 Initial Configuration

Chapter 4 Network Configuration

Chapter 5 Storage Configuration

Chapter 6 Storage Area Network Configuration

Chapter 7 User Configuration

Chapter 8 Setting ZFSSA Preferences

Chapter 9 Alert Configuration

Chapter 10 Cluster Configuration

Chapter 11 ZFSSA Services

Chapter 12 Shares, Projects, and Schema

Chapter 13 Replication

Chapter 14 Shadow Migration

Data Migration

Traditional Data Migration

Migration via Synchronization

Migration via External Interposition

Shadow Migration

Shadow migration behavior

Restrictions on Shadow Source

Shadow File System Semantics During Migration

Identity and ACL Migration

Shadow Migration Management

Creating a Shadow Filesystem

Managing Background Migration

Handling Migration Errors

Monitoring Migration Progress

Canceling Migration

Snapshots of Shadow File Systems

Backing Up Shadow File Systems

Replicating Shadow File Systems

Shadow Migration Analytics

Shadow Migration Requests

Shadow Migration Bytes

Shadow migration operations

Migrating Local File Systems

Shadow Migration Tasks

Testing Potential Shadow Migration

Migrating Data from an Active NFS Server

Chapter 15 CLI Scripting

Chapter 16 Maintenance Workflows

Chapter 17 Integration


Data Migration

A common task for administrators is to move data from one location to another. In the most abstract sense, this problem encompasses a large number of use cases, from replicating data between servers to keeping user data on laptops in sync with servers. There are many external tools available to do this, but the ZFSSA has two integrated solutions for migrating data that addresses the most common use cases. The first, Chapter 13, Replication, is intended for replicating data between one or more ZFSSAs, and is covered separately. The second, shadow migration, is described here.

Shadow migration is a process for migrating data from external NAS sources with the intent of replacing or decommissioning the original once the migration is complete. This is most often used when introducing a new ZFSSA into an existing environment in order to take over file sharing duties of another server, but a number of other novel uses are possible, outlined below.