Add or Remove Vault Wizard

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Use the Phoenix VCM Add or Remove Vault Wizard to add or remove a hard disk Vault, shadow hard disk Vault, standalone tape Vault, or tape library Vault. Unless you are an advanced user and have clearly defined reasons for changing the default values, it is best to use default values, leaving advanced user mode de-selected. Most settings can be modified after the fact using Vault Properties. After adding a Vault, the next step is to prepare media for your Vault and Information Repository.

If running the wizard in standard mode, not all of the wizard windows appear for you because the wizard uses default values for setup. The screenshots below have advanced mode selected so you can see all wizard windows.

Adding a Vault

1.From your suite of product applications, open the Add or Remove Vault Wizard application (AddRemVltWzrd.exe). The Welcome window appears. Each wizard dialog box includes Back, Next, Help, and Cancel buttons. The Back button navigates you back to the previous dialog box (except on the Welcome window), and the Next button accepts current values and advances you to the next window in the wizard. The Help button opens documentation, and the Cancel button closes the wizard without saving values.

The About button appears on the first wizard window to provide information, and the Finish button appears on the last wizard window to complete the process.

Add of Remove Vault Wizard - Welcome

2.Click Next for the Add or Remove window
Select either Add a new Vault to this computer or Remove an existing Vault from this computer. Depending on your selection the wizard follows the path for you to add a Vault or to remove one. If removing a Vault, see Remove Vaults.
Select Run this wizard in advanced mode to bypass default values and customize Vault parameters. These instructions cover all of the advanced mode options but it is recommended to run in standard mode, leaving this option de-selected.

If there are four Vaults installed on the computer where the wizard is run from, then Add new Vault to this computer is disabled. In that case, delete a Vault before adding a new one.

Add of Remove Vault Wizard - Add or Remove window

3.Click Next for the Description window.
From the What type of device will be used to store the data? drop-down list, select either Hard Disk, Shadow Hard Disk, Tape Library, Stand Alone Tape Drive, or Veracity Coldstore. Depending on your selection, subsequent content on wizard windows change accordingly.
In the What is the name of this Vault, type a Vault name or use the default if it is already populated with a name you want to use.

Add of Remove Vault Wizard -Description window

4.Click Next for the Device window (appears for advanced mode only). The Device window enables you to define how many data streams are allowed simultaneously and how many files are kept in a directory. To work through the Device window for your storage device type, see the appropriate heading below:

Hard Disk

From the How many data streams are allowed at a time? drop-down list, select from a range of 1 - 10. Data streams refers to the number of connections made to a Vault at once. Several connections enables clients to communicate with the Vault simultaneously. The more streams permitted requires more processing power.
From the How much memory should be used for each data stream cache? drop-down list, select between 5, 10, 15, or 20 MB. Here, you are defining how much virtual memory is set aside for incoming and outgoing data during file storage and retrieval. A larger cache can improve performance, but at the expense of using more virtual memory. The total amount of space used equals the number of data streams multiplied by the selected cache size. With 10 data streams and 10 MB of cache, the Vault sets aside 100 MB of total virtual memory for caching data. A selection of 10 MB is usually sufficient.
From the When storing data, how many files will be kept in a directory? drop-down list, select between 50 - 500. Data is stored in files in the Vault. More files provides more storage on the media, but also slows down  performance. The following details the number of files that correlates with each value.

Value

Number of Files

50

100

150

200

300

400

500

125 billion

250 billion

375 billion

500 billion

750 billion

1 trillion

125 trillion

In the Where will media be stored by default? box, type a default location to store and manage media, or select a default location from the Browse for Folder window by clicking the Browse button.
From the Do you want storage media to be created automatically? drop-down list, choose Yes or No.
If you choose Yes, from the How much storage do you want to use? drop-down list, choose a value between 0 Bytes and 10.00 TB. Media will automatically be created for your Vault.
If you choose No, media will need to be created manually at a later time. See Prepare Media.
From the Where can temporary files be stored? box, type a location for the working cache, or select a location from the Browse for Folder window by clicking the Browse button. The default location is <install-dir>/WorkingCache. When Phoenix VCM processes files, it may create temporary files for efficient performance; especially when clipping video files.
From the How much disk space can be used for storing temporary files? drop-down list, select how much working cache space is used for temporary files.

Add of Remove Vault Wizard - Hard Disk Device window

Shadow Hard Disk

From the How many data streams are allowed at a time? drop-down list, select from a range of 1 - 10. Data streams refers to the number of connections made to a Vault at once. Several connections enables clients to communicate with the Vault simultaneously. The more streams permitted requires more processing power.
From the How much memory should be used for each data stream cache? drop-down list, select between 5, 10, 15, or 20 MB. Here, you are defining how much virtual memory is set aside for incoming and outgoing data during file storage and retrieval. A larger cache can improve performance, but at the expense of using more virtual memory. The total amount of space used equals the number of data streams multiplied by the selected cache size. With 10 data streams and 10 MB of cache, the Vault sets aside 100 MB of total virtual memory for caching data. A selection of 10 MB is usually sufficient.
From the Where can temporary files be stored? box, type a location for the working cache, or select a location from the Browse for Folder window by clicking the Browse button. The default location is <install-dir>/WorkingCache. When Phoenix VCM processes files, it may create temporary files for efficient performance; especially when clipping video files.
From the How much disk space can be used for storing temporary files? drop-down list, select how much working cache space is used for temporary files.

Add of Remove Vault Wizard - Shadow Hard Disk Device window

Tape Library

If you are using Windows Vista or older, or Windows Server 2008 or older, you must first disable the tape library and tape drives in the Windows Device Manager so Windows does not interfere with Phoenix VCM's management of the device. See Disable SCSI Devices.

From the Which tape library do you want to use? box, select a device. If no devices are found, make sure the tape drive is connected to your computer and powered on. If you are adding a Vault to a Windows computer, ensure that the device or devices are disabled in the Windows Device Manager. Then, click Look for Devices to refresh the list.
Some tape libraries do not support automatic detection of their tape drives. The phrase drives need to be identified appears to the right of the device name. When Next is clicked, you need to select the drives.
From the How much memory should be used for each data stream cache? drop-down list, select between 5, 10, 15, or 20 MB. Define how much virtual memory is set aside for incoming and outgoing data during file storage and retrieval. A larger cache can improve performance, but at the expense of using more virtual memory. The total amount of space used equals the number of data streams multiplied by the selected cache size. With 10 data streams and 10 MB of cache, the Vault sets aside 100 MB of total virtual memory for caching data. A selection of 10 MB is usually enough.
From the Where can temporary files be stored? box, type a location for the working cache, or select a location from the Browse for Folder window by clicking the Browse button. The default location is <install-dir>/WorkingCache. When Phoenix VCM processes files, it may create temporary files for efficient performance; especially when clipping video files.
From the How much disk space can be used for storing temporary files? drop-down list, select how much working cache space is used for temporary files. The working cache should be large enough to hold multiple large video files. The default size is 100 GB.

Add of Remove Vault Wizard - Tape Device window

Click Next. If the tape library was not able to provide the identification for its tape drives, a second device window appears. From the Drives to identify group drop-down lists, select the drives. If the device was able to identify its tape drive, then the next wizard window appears.

Add of Remove Vault Wizard - Tape Device window, select drives

Standalone Tape Drive Vault

If you are using Windows Vista or older, or Windows Server 2008 or older, you must first disable the device in the Windows Device Manager so Windows does not interfere with Phoenix VCM's management of the device. See Disable SCSI Devices.

From the Which standalone tape drive do you want to use? box, select a device. If no devices are found, make sure the tape drive is connected to your computer and powered on. If you are adding a Vault to a Windows computer, ensure that the device or devices are disabled in the Windows Device Manager. Then, click Look for Devices to refresh the list.
From the How much memory should be used for each data stream cache? drop-down list, select between 5, 10, 15, or 20 MB. Define how much virtual memory is set aside for incoming and outgoing data during file storage and retrieval. A larger cache can improve performance, but at the expense of using more virtual memory. The total amount of space used equals the number of data streams multiplied by the selected cache size. With 10 data streams and 10 MB of cache, the Vault sets aside 100 MB of total virtual memory for caching data. A selection of 10 MB is usually enough.
From the Where can temporary files be stored? box, type a location for the working cache, or select a location from the Browse for Folder window by clicking the Browse button. The default location is <install-dir>/WorkingCache. When Phoenix VCM processes files, it may create temporary files for efficient performance; especially when clipping video files.
From the How much disk space can be used for storing temporary files? drop-down list, select how much working cache space is used for temporary files. The working cache should be large enough to hold multiple large video files. The default size is 100 GB.

Add of Remove Vault Wizard - Standalone Tape Drive Device window

Veracity Coldstore

In the What is the IP address of the Coldstore? text box, the IP address of the Veracity Coldstore device. The IP address must be in dot notation. Click the Test button to test connectivity to the device.
From the How many data streams are allowed at a time? drop-down list, select from a range of 1 - 10. Data streams refers to the number of connections made to a Vault at once. Several connections enables clients to communicate with the Vault simultaneously. The more streams permitted requires more processing power.
From the How much memory should be used for each data stream cache? drop-down list, select between 5, 10, 15, or 20 MB. Here, you are defining how much virtual memory is set aside for incoming and outgoing data during file storage and retrieval. A larger cache can improve performance, but at the expense of using more virtual memory. The total amount of space used equals the number of data streams multiplied by the selected cache size. With 10 data streams and 10 MB of cache, the Vault sets aside 100 MB of total virtual memory for caching data. A selection of 10 MB is usually sufficient.
From the Where can temporary files be stored? box, type a location for the working cache, or select a location from the Browse for Folder window by clicking the Browse button. The default location is <install-dir>/WorkingCache. When Phoenix VCM processes files, it may create temporary files for efficient performance; especially when clipping video files.
From the How much disk space can be used for storing temporary files? drop-down list, select how much working cache space is used for temporary files.

Add of Remove Vault Wizard - Coldstore Device window

5.Click Next for the Database window (appears for advanced mode only). The database keeps track of Vault contents, information, and metadata.
From the Where will the database be stored? box, type the location to store the database, or select a location from the Browse for Folder window by clicking the Browse button.
Using the At what time daily do you want the database optimized? drop-down lists, set the hours, minutes, and AM/PM for how often the database gets optimized to make sure Phoenix VCM and the Information Repository continue to function optimally.
From the How many database files can be opened at a time? drop-down list, select between 10 - 500 to limit how many files can be open at once. Having more files open allows for a faster search, but more files requires more Information Repository resources.
From the How much virtual memory can the database use? drop-down list, select between 256 MB - 2 GB. For best Information Repository performance, select a value that does not exceed 75% of the physical memory on the computer.

Add of Remove Vault Wizard - Database window

6.Click Next for the Logs window (appears for advanced mode only). Use to define where activity and error logs are written to.
Select Enable activity logging to activate logging functionality. Activity logs provide a security audit trail for these events: Vault start, Vault stop, file read, file write, file create, file delete, media load, media unload, and media erase. For these events, the name and IP of the user who executed the event and the date and time the event was executed are reported. Activity logging is optional, but if activated they create in a tab-delimited format and can be viewed in any application that supports the format, such as Microsoft Excel.
From the Where should the activity log be stored? box, type a location of where to write activity logs, or select a location from the Activity Log Location dialog box by clicking the Browse button.
From the How large can the activity log grow? drop-down list, select between 25.00 MB - 1.00 GB to define the maximum size an activity log can grow to. Limit the size of the log because it can be difficult to find specific information in a huge activity log.
From the Overwrite the activity log when it reaches maximum size? drop-down list, select either Yes or No. By selecting No, a new activity log is created whenever the current activity log reaches the maximum size. Overwriting  the activity log prevents against proliferation.
From the Where should the error log be stored? box, type a location of where to store error logs, or select a location from the Error Log Location dialog box by clicking the Browse button. Error logs are always enabled and are created when a Vault encounters a problem. Error logging is supported for every Vault in your Information Repository; the logs include warning and Vault start and stop information.

Add of Remove Vault Wizard - Logs window

7.Click Next for the Notification window. Use to define where e-mails about Information Repository events are sent and where Phoenix VCM events should be logged.
Select the Enable e-mail notifications checkbox to receive an e-mail when an event occurs of interest for managing a Vault. The events include Vault start, Vault stop, media requests, etc., and are the same as those recorded for notifications. If de-selected, no notifications are sent and other fields in the group box are disabled.
In the Who should receive e-mail notifications? box, type the e-mail address of the user receiving the Phoenix VCM event notifications.
In the What is the name or IP address of your mail server? box, type the address of your mail server. Use either IP address or computer name, and then click the Send Test Email to test the path. If successful, a dialog box displays, "A message had been sent and should be delivered shortly". Click OK to close the dialog box. Valid parameters are not tested here. If parameters are invalid, then the e-mail notifications do not work.
From the Where should events be logged? drop-down list, select one of the following for where events are logged:

Computer Console - Events are logged in a computer monitor console. It remains open as long as the Vault is running. If the Vault is stopped, the console disappears. If the Vault is restarted, the console disappears and then reappears.

Window - Events are logged in computer monitor window. It remains open as long as the Vault is running. If the Vault is stopped, the window disappears. If the Vault is restarted, the window disappears and then reappears.

By selecting Computer Console or Window in a Windows environment, configure Vault service on Windows to open a window on the desktop for diagnostic messages. Once configured, Vault activity displays.

If you close a window or console, the Vault stops. Phoenix VCM does not operate without running Vaults.

File - Events are logged to a file. With this option, type the file name to store the events, or select a location from the Event Log Pathname dialog box by clicking the Browse button.

Add of Remove Vault Wizard - Notification window

8.Click Next for the Ready to Add window. The Ready to Add window displays a summary of the Vault values. See the corresponding header for your storage device type:

Hard Disk Summary

Review the displayed summary and ensure all the values are correct. If information is incorrect, click the Back button to navigate through previous wizard windows to edit.

Add of Remove Vault Wizard - Ready to Add Hard Disk

Tape Library Summary

Review the displayed summary and ensure all the values are correct. If information is incorrect, click the Back button to navigate through previous wizard windows to edit.

Add of Remove Vault Wizard - Ready toTape Library

Standalone Tape Drive Vault Summary

Review the displayed summary and ensure all the values are correct. If information is incorrect, click the Back button to navigate through previous wizard windows to edit.

Add of Remove Vault Wizard - Ready to Add Standalone Tape Drive

Veracity Coldstore Summary

Review the displayed summary and ensure all the values are correct. If information is incorrect, click the Back button to navigate through previous wizard windows to edit.

Add of Remove Vault Wizard - Ready to Add Coldstore

9.When ready to add the new Vault, click Next.
Mac users will be prompted for an Administrator Name and Password. The Name field may already be populated with the name of the user running the Vault Wizard.

After entering a Name and Password, click OK. The Vault will start immediately.

A restart is not required on a Mac.

10. In the Completed window, click Finish to exit the Add or Remove Vault Wizard. Restart the computer for the new Vault activation. To add another Vault or remove a Vault, launch the Add or Remove Vault Wizard again.

If you do not restart your computer, the new Vault does not start and is not available for use.

11. The next step is to prepare your media using Vault Admin. See Prepare Media and Vault Admin.