Data Service Policies Source Tab

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After a Data Service Policy has been added, the next step is to define the source where files are migrated, replicated,  or purged from. Use the Source tab to specify parameters for the policy for where files come from. The point of origin can be a Vault, media, storage pool, media type, or media speed.

Data Service Policies - Source tab

The drop-down elements include a default setting of <any>. If you leave the default setting, then all information from all sources is processed for the given field. For example, if the Vault drop-down is set to <any>, then data from all Vaults within your Information Repository is processed.

Adding to that, the parameters of <any>, <unnamed>, and <new entry> are not placeholders, they are actual names used in your Information Repository - unless changed to alternate names.

Unless you have added new names, only <any>, <unnamed>, <new entry>, and names of Vaults, media, storage pools, media types, and media speeds already implemented in the Information Repository appear in the drop-down lists.

If you plan to add new Vaults, media, or storage pools to the Information Repository and already know names to assign, you can add them manually. However, it is best to select only media that appears in the drop-down list. There are several options for doing this:

Leave defaults (<any> or <unnamed>) and use the Criteria tab to define data to be processed - Phoenix VCM selects the most accessible Vault and media with the most free space.
Select a value from a Source tab group that contains data to process - Phoenix VCM processes data only from the drop-down list  where a value has been selected. For example, if Media Speed S8 is selected, only media with an S8 speed rating is processed. If only a Vault is selected, then data is processed only from the selected Vault, including all of the media and storage pools within the Vault.
Select values from every Source tab group for a more focused process - If values for Vault, Media Name, and Storage Pool have been selected, the options available in the remaining fields are limited according to values already set. For instance, a single storage pool may only contain a few media types to choose from.
Create a new entry for Vault, Media Name, or Storage Pool - Select from the drop-down list <new entry>. A window appears to type a new name. Click OK, and the new entry appears in the drop-down list.

This new name is a placeholder. A Vault cannot be used until it has been added using the Add and  Remove Vault Wizard, and the media and storage pool have to be configured using the Vault Admin's Prepare Media window. If you try to run a job without configuration, the job will fail. Drop-down list names above <any> are running in the Information Repository. The names below <any> have not yet been configured.

To reset the Source tab, select <any> from the Vault drop-down list.

Data Service Policy Source Tab Elements

Element

Description

Vault

From the drop-down list select a Vault, or select <new entry> to add a new Vault name.

If a Vault is selected, the Media Name drop-down is automatically populated with the media on the given Vault.

If a new entry is given, then the Media Name and Storage Pool options are limited to <any> or <unnamed> and <new entry>.

Media Name

Media Name refers to the names of individual units of media in the Vaults within the Information Repository.

From the drop-down list select the media, or select <new entry> to add a new media name. The system automatically looks for any storage pools comprised of the selected media. If it cannot find any, then the Storage Pool drop-down list displays <any>.

Storage Pool

Storage pools are groupings of media on a single policy used for a particular purpose. For example, if you had a policy called "Night backup" and it wrote to several units of media, you would use a "Night backup" storage pool and assign to it every unit of media to use for that purpose. For more information see Prepare Media, Storage Pool.

From the drop-down list select a storage pool, or select <new entry> to add a new storage pool name.

Media Type

Determine the types of media a policy uses by specifying a media type. For example, if "Hdisk" is selected, then only Hdisk media is used. Media Type is useful for processing data of lower importance or less rigorous recovery time objectives.

From the drop-down list select the media type. Only media types for the parameters selected in the Vault, Media Name, or Storage Pool drop-down lists are displayed. If none were  selected, then only the media types from media available within the Information Repository are displayed.

Set either Media Type or Media Speed, but not both.

Media Speed

Source files run based on speed and media performance. This is useful for processing data of lower importance or less rigorous recovery time objectives.

Hard disk is considered a high performance media and is assigned a high rating of (S8). Slower data tape technologies are lower performance and are assigned a lower rating of (S0).

From the drop-down list select a performance rating. Only media speeds for the parameters selected in the Vault, Media Name, or Storage Pool drop-down lists are displayed. If none were selected, then only the media speeds from media available within the Information Repository are displayed.

Set either Media Type or Media Speed, but not both.

New Entry window

If you select <new entry> a window appears to type a new entry for either the Vault, Media Name, or Storage Pool source. In these new entry windows you can use wildcards to better manage and specify where files are coming from. Wildcards for file filters operate on file names; directory filters operate on directory name. For more information see Wildcards.