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Enable data balancing

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Overview

Data balancing automatically distributes archives across multiple store points in a destination to ensure even usage of storage. By enabling data balancing for multiple store points in a destination, you are assured that the space used for archive storage among the store points is relatively even. Backup archives are then able to move automatically between store points to help even out the available space.

Considerations

  • Archives are not split, but remain as one package as they are moved. For example, if your first hard drive were running low on free space (store point HD1), then the system automatically balances archives out of that drive into another hard drive (store point HD2). Because archives are not split, the entire archive of a user would move from HD1 to HD2. Keeping archives intact results in stronger data integrity.
  • Devices can continue to back up and restore while an associated backup archive is being balanced, and the process is completely invisible to users.
  • Any single store point needs to be large enough to hold the largest contiguous archive.
  • The backup volume on the destination must have an array large enough to hold all backup data it receives from all sources.
  • The data balancer is always running. However, by default, the balancer doesn't start moving archives unless two or more store points have more than a 20% difference in utilization. If you do not want to wait for the balancer to begin moving archives automatically, you can manually migrate archives between store points.
  • Data balancing is not data redundancy
    Balancing does not provide data redundancy. If a hard drive were to fail, you would lose all the archives on that drive. To provide data redundancy, you must set up your own redundant solution. For example, you can have RAID underlying hardware to use as store points to achieve redundancy and capacity.

Steps

Step 1: Enable data balancing in the destination

  1. Sign in to your Code42 server's administration console.
  2. Navigate to Storage > Destinations.
  3. Click on the name of the destination for which you want to enable data balancing.
  4. Click the action menu in the upper right.
  5. Choose Enable Balancing.
    By default, balancing is enabled for new destinations.

Step 2: Enable data balancing for the store points

  1. Sign in to your Code42 server's administration console.
  2. Navigate to Storage > Store Points.
  3. Click on the name of the store point for which you want to enable data balancing.
  4. Click the action menu in the upper right.
  5. Choose Enable Balancing.
  6. Repeat these steps for each store point in the destination for which you want to enable balancing.

Step 3: Verify balancing settings

  1. Sign in to your Code42 server's administration console.
  2. Navigate to Storage > Destinations.
  3. Click on the name of the destination for which you want to verify balancing settings.
  4. Click the action menu in the upper right.
  5. Choose Edit.
    The Destination Settings dialog displays Balancing settings. We strongly recommend using the default data balancing settings.
  6. To keep the default settings, click Cancel. Otherwise, change settings, and click Save.
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