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About this task

The pool is a logical space that contains volumes, file systems and snapshots. The pool allocates physical and virtual storage space for these entities. The pool also determines a policy for automatic extension in case of space depletion. The physical and virtual capacity counters are graphically displayed on the InfiniBox Management Console.

This task creates a pool and provisions physical and virtual capacity. You can later on create datasets (volumes and filesystems) in the pool. A broad explanation of provisioning terminology is available here: Overview of pools.

Prerequisites

  • None

Before you begin

On the GUI, click the Pools icon on the toolbar on the left. The Pools screen opens.

GUI instructions

  1. Click Create. The Create Pool screen opens.
  2. Provide the following parameters:
    • Pool name
    • Physical capacity and virtual capacity
      • The default setting is identical physical and virtual capacities.
        You can click the link to virtual capacity in order to set a capacity that is different than the physical capacity.
  3. Click Advanced to change the values of the following default settings:
    • Emergency buffer - the default value is Unlimited. You can set the value to be either Disabled or Limited. The emergency buffer works as follows:
      • Unlimited - The pool is allowed to extend without limitation
      • Limited - The pool will extend within a predefined limitation
      • Disabled - The pool is not allowed to extend at all.
    • Notification thresholds - the default values are 80% for Warning and 90% for critical.
    • SSD cache - the default is to allow entities that belong to this pool to use the InfiniBox SSD drives.
    • Pool admins - select users that will be provided with PoolAdmin rights to this pool.
  4. Click Create.
    The pool is created and is visible on the screen.

InfiniShell instructions

Use the pool.create command.

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