Master Drive Pools, Drive Pools and Drives - Overview

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Master Drive Pools

A Master Drive Pool consists of drive pools within a single library. A Master Drive Pool is a logical entity that is used to facilitate the sharing of a library’s drives between multiple MediaAgents.

You can modify the following Master Drive Pool properties:

  • Master Drive Pool Name 

    This can be used to uniquely identify a master drive pool. 

  • Enable/Disable Master Drive Pool 
  • Use this option to activate or deactivate the master drive pool. 
  • Drive Allocation Policy 
  • Use these options to distribute the drives among multiple drive pools sharing the library.

Drive Pools

A Drive Pool is a set of drives which are attached or accessible to a MediaAgent. Like the Master Drive Pools, drive pools are also logical entities used to facilitate the sharing of a library’s drives between multiple MediaAgents.

You can modify the following Drive Pool properties:

  • Drive Pool Name 

    This can be used to uniquely identify a drive pool.

  • Enable/Disable Drive Pool 

    Use this option to activate or deactivate the drive pool.

  • Allocate drives 

    Use these options to assign all or some of the drives in the library to the drive pool.

Drives

For comprehensive information on drive operations and drive properties see Drive Operations and Drive Properties.

Important Considerations

NAS Load-Balancing - The Drive Pools, Storage Policies, and Subclients for NAS can be configured so that backup, restore, and auxiliary copy jobs will be spread among different MediaAgent, and thus the processor load for these jobs will occur on different machines. For more information, see Advanced - NAS iDataAgent Configuration.