Scratch Pools - Configuration

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Create Spare Media Group

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To create a scratch pool:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Storage Resources > Libraries > <library>
  2. Right click the Media By Groups icon for the library in which you want the scratch pool created, and then click New Scratch Pool from the short-cut menu.
  3. You can create new scratch pools for the following:
    Spare Media Group Click to create a new scratch pool for spare media. For more information, see Spare Media Group.
    Cleaning Media Group Click to create a new scratch pool for cleaning media. For more information, see Cleaning Media
    Retired Media Group Click to create a new scratch pool for deprecated  media. For more information, see Retired Media
    Overwrite Protect Media Group Click to create a new scratch pool for media that should not be used for any write operations. For more information, see Overwrite Protect Media
  4. In the Spare Group Properties dialog box, enter the name of the new scratch pool in the Name field. and choose the appropriate options and click OK.

    When you first create a scratch pool, it is empty. You must either import media into the media group, or move media from another media group .

Specify the Minimum Number of Media in a Scratch Pool

Required Capability: See Capabilities and Permitted Actions

To specify the minimum number of media in a scratch pool:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the scratch pool for which you wish to specify the minimum number, and then click Properties.
  2. From the General tab use the option provided in Watermark for Spare Media in the pool area to establish a minimum number of media in the scratch pool.
  3. When you are satisfied with your changes, click OK.

Move Media from One Scratch Pool to Another

  1. From the CommCell Browser, select the appropriate scratch pool.

    The contents of the scratch pool appear in the right pane.

  2. Right-click the media that you want to move, and then click Move.
  3. In the Move Media dialog box that appears, select the appropriate scratch pool.

    If it is cleaning media, select Cleaning Media pool.

  4. Click OK.

    The selected media is reassigned to the destination scratch pool.

Move Media in Bulk from One Scratch Pool to Another

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the appropriate scratch pool (that is, the source pool), and then click Move Media.

    The Move Media dialog box appears.

  2. In No. of Media to be moved box, enter the number of media to be moved.
  3. In the Destination Scratch Pool list, select the destination scratch pool.
  4. Click OK.

    The selected media is reassigned to the destination scratch pool.

Delete a Scratch Pool

Required Capability: See Capabilities and Permitted Actions

The following scratch pools cannot be deleted:

  • A scratch pool that is associated with a storage policy copy.
  • A scratch pool that has been designated as the default scratch pool for the library.

To delete a scratch pool:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the scratch pool that you want to delete, and then click Delete.
  2. A confirmation prompt appears, asking if you are sure that you want to delete this scratch pool. Click Yes to delete.

    The scratch pool is deleted and the CommCell Browser display is updated and all of its spares are displayed as undiscovered media.

Change the Default Scratch Pool

Required Capability: See Capabilities and Permitted Actions

To change the default scratch pool:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to change the default scratch pool, and then click Properties.
  2. Select the name of the scratch pool that you wish to designate as the default scratch pool from the Default Scratch Pool list.
  3. Click OK to save the changes.

Change the Scratch Pool Associated With a Storage Policy Copy

Required Capability: See Capabilities and Permitted Actions

To change the scratch pool for a storage policy copy:

  1. From the right pane of the CommCell Browser, right-click the storage policy copy for which you wish to change the scratch pool, and click Properties.
  2. From the General tab of the Copy Properties dialog box, select another scratch pool from the Scratch Pool list.
  3. Click OK to save your changes.