Access zones on a SyncIQ secondary cluster

You can create access zones on a SyncIQ secondary cluster that is used for backup and disaster recovery, with some limitations.

If you have an active SyncIQ license, you can maintain a secondary PowerScale cluster for backup and failover purposes in case your primary server should go offline. When you run a replication job on the primary server, file data is replicated to the backup server. That includes directory paths and other metadata that is associated with those files.

However, system configuration settings, such as access zones, are not replicated to the secondary server. In a failover scenario, the configuration settings of the primary and secondary clusters should be similar, if not identical.

Usually, including with access zones, it is recommended that you configure system settings before you run a SyncIQ replication job. The reason is that a replication job places target directories in read-only mode. If you attempt to create an access zone where the base directory is already in read-only mode, OneFS generates an error message.