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Large Drive to consolidate multiple EV Vault Store

Created: 11 Jul 2012 • Updated: 11 Jul 2012 | 9 comments
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Hi,
I got EV 8 SP4 which I'd like to consolidate into two large drives one for Vault Store data and one for the logs. Because at the moment I'm trying to avoid using mount point and adding drives.

What are my options ? Or is it best to do the upgrade first into EV 10 ?

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JesusWept3's picture

Data and logs? Are you talking about the SQL databases?

If so consolidation may not be a good idea as the more databases and log files you lump together, the worse performance you will get as it will try to write to multiple databases and write those transactions to the logs simultaneously, and then the disk queue length will increase and generate locking and blocking

Dushan Gomez's picture

Hi Jesus,

No not the SQL Server Databse but the Symantec Vault data itself.

Dushan Gomez
IT Manager
VCP 4 and 5 | MCITP Exchange Server | MCTS SharePoint Server | MCP Windows XP

JesusWept3's picture

Ok so where are the logs coming from?
You can move vault store partitions to one big drive, that won't be a problem but again just be wary that you will cause a larger than average disk queue length depending on usage of people downloading, exports, vault cache syncs and what not

Also if you shove on to one big drive just make sure it has plenty of room to grow and you have plans to be able to move data if drive space ends up becoming an issue

The bigger the partition gets, the longer it takes to copy etc so if you run out of room, your storage may e down for some time as you move it to a new location

You can follow this technote to move the partitions
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?pag...

As for logs, I'm not really sure what you are referring to

Dushan Gomez's picture

Here's my situation at the moment:

I'd liketo consolidate the two Index drives and also the Vault Drives since they are scattered into multiple drives, soon I'll be running out of drive letters.

Dushan Gomez
IT Manager
VCP 4 and 5 | MCITP Exchange Server | MCTS SharePoint Server | MCP Windows XP

Rob.Wilcox's picture

IMHO you've got a ton of input on the thread.  Does it help? Is it enough?

JesusWept3's picture

If its a drive letter constraint then using a network share type address like \\fileServer\evshare\enterprise vault stores\ ... rather than mapping a drive to the location

Mount points are a good solution too UNLESS you want to do partition roll over based on available drive space, in which case mount points should be avoided at all costs

But again you can consolidate them on to the same drive as long as you make sure to keep them in their own distinct folder structure and not merging the files and directories

As for indexes, same applies but just know that depending on usage your search results from DA and Virtual vault initial syncs may take longer than normal

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Dushan Gomez's picture

Thanks for the suggestion and update Jesus, It wasn't me who creates the EV server before, so my suggestion to the manager is to create a CIFS share that can be expanded on the fly using EMC VNX as the underlying SAN.

So for the Vaults and Indexes I'll go ahead by using the CIFS share approach because the Storage pool of VNX can be grow / extended on the fly.

I hope that using CIFS share is supported by the EV.

Dushan Gomez
IT Manager
VCP 4 and 5 | MCITP Exchange Server | MCTS SharePoint Server | MCP Windows XP

Rob.Wilcox's picture

Start on Page 26 of the Compatibility Guide ...  and you can check if your CIFS is supported, or not.