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Status Under review
Categories Flashcopy Manager
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 10, 2024

Allow longer volume names - use shorter mapping names - in storage protect snapshot

Currently the following limitation for source volume length is in effect:

 For IBM Spectrum Protect™ Snapshot to work in combination with dynamic target allocation (SVCDTA) device classes, the name of the SAN Volume Controller production source volumes must not exceed the length of 27 characters.

An IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot backup involving a volume with a longer name fails with the following SVC error message:
CMMVC5738E The argument contains too many characters.

There is no work-around to allow source volume names of length larger than 27 characters.
The sample below shows however that a volume name smaller than 27 characters can be practicable.
Given the sample input source volume name „esxcet1_vol1“, IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot SVC DTA adapter would generate the following object names in SAN Volume Controller:

Name of the dynamic allocated target volume for the snapshot backup operation:
Name of the duplicate target volume used for the mount operation:
Name of the FlashCopy mapping:
Name of the cosistency group

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However in large enterprise environment (over 100000 volumes)  the 27 character limit for the source volume name is not enough and more characters are needed to have meaningfull and unique volume names, especially since the SVC will allow a 64 character volume name.

Please change the FCM code to be able to handle volumes names longer then 27 character, ideally the full 64 characters should be possible.

Idea priority Urgent