Storage Policy - Best Practices

Restoring Data from a Specific Copy

If you specify a copy precedence number for a restore, the software searches only the storage policy copy with that precedence number in each of the storage policies through which the data was secured. If data does not exist in the specified copy, the data recovery operation fails even if the data exists in another copy of the same storage policy. Therefore, it is recommended to specify the copy precedence for a restore operation in the following scenarios:

  • The primary copy is no longer available for a restore operation due to a hardware failure.
  • You know that the media containing the data for a particular copy have been removed from the storage library. In this case, you can choose to restore from a copy whose media are inside the library.
  • You want to restore from a selective copy.
  • You want to restore from a copy that accesses faster disk media rather than slower tape media.
  • You know that the media drives used by a particular copy are busy with another operation and want to restore from a different copy to avoid resource conflicts.

Modifying Storage Policy Properties

It is recommended that you do not change any of the storage policy properties while the storage policy being used by an operation, such as backup, restore, data aging, auxiliary copy etc.

Exporting Media Before Deleting a Disaster Recovery Storage Policy

It is recommended that you do not delete a Disaster Recovery Backup storage policy before exporting the media containing your Disaster Recovery Backups. If you delete a Disaster Recovery Backup storage policy before exporting this media, the media may be used by another data protection operation and it can be overwritten. Once the media is exported, you can use Media Explorer to restore the metadata from this media.

Limiting the Number of Storage Policies in a CommCell

It is good practice to limit the number of storage policies in your CommCell environment; this will better utilize your media since media cannot be shared across storage policies. Limiting the number of storage policies means using less media to store your data. Whereas, having many storage policies in your environment would utilize much more media to store the same amount of data.