Testing Your InveStore Storage System

 

The following recommended sequence may be used to establish that the storage subsystem is functional locally, and from a client workstation. For this test, use media that has never been formatted before.

 

To execute the format routine, you will need to do the following:

 

Pre-mounting media

 

·      You must "Premount" media into the storage server for use in the format operation of Volume Sets.

Note: The storage media that may be used for creating a Volume Set will have the volume naming convention of "!UninitializedVolume", "!ReuseableVolume", or "!UnknownFileFormat".

 

·      To mount or pre-mount volumes from the Server node (import a media into the storage library), select Mount Volume Set option:

 

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·      The following Wizard is displayed. You will now select the Library that you want to mount the Volume/Volume Set into.

 

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·      Leave the wildcard Volume Set name "*". InveStore will automatically mount the volume inserted into the library mail-slot.

InveStore will then cause the picker arm in the library to "pick" the disk from the mail slot and place it into the drive for mounting.

 

Once this completes you will see the volume(s) displayed in the Console Folder Contents screen to the right of the Library view. For unformatted media, the volume names would be similar to the following:

 

!UninitializedVolume0001

 

!UninitializedVolume0002

 

Formatting a Volume Set

 

The InveStore media format is optimized for use with storage media (both WORM and Re-writable) and provides an operating system independent format that allows data transportability across operating system platforms. All media must be formatted with the InveStore file system before data can be written to the storage volumes.

 

Below is a screen displaying several unformatted volumes that may be used in the format routine:

 

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·      From the Server node, select the Format Volume Set option. This will open the Format Volume Set wizard which is used to initialize all media for use within the InveStore system.

 

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·      Select the library from which you want to format the new volume into.

·      Enter a unique name for this new Volume or Volume Set and select Next.

 

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·      Enter a volume set name. A volume set name must not include the following characters:

 ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) ? + ; : ,-/

 

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Once this completes you will see the volume name displayed in the Console Folder Contents screen to the right of the Library view.

 

You now have media that can be written to. Next you will need to Assign a Logical drive letter from which to conduct Writing and Reading tests of some "test" data.

 

Attaching a Drive Letter

 

To prepare the InveStore resource for use, you must first attach a local drive letter to the storage file system so that it may be accessed transparently.

 

Select the Attach Drive letter selection from the right-click Server node options:

 

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Choose a Drive letter from the Available window on the right of this screen and then select Attach. Click OK.

 

 

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Copy Test

 

Execute a series of local tests on the storage server, making sure that you can copy files to and from the storage device successfully.

 

·      Open Windows Explorer, locate the "Assigned Drive letter" and select on of the volume folders showing there.

·      Create a test folder within this directory.

·      Copy at least 100 MB of data from the local server hard drive to this new folder.

·      Create a temporary test folder on your local server hard drive, and copy the test data from the storage, back to this folder on the server hard drive.

If these copy test succeeds you will want to repeat these tests from a client workstation on the same LAN.

 

·      You will first "SHARE" the InveStore assigned drive letter resource within your Operating systems sharing mechanisms.

·      From a client, connect to the InveStore resource on the storage server. Then execute the same type of COPY tests from the clients Explorer program, coping data over the LAN to another test directory on the storage server.

·      You will then copy this same data back to a test folder on the client’s hard drive.

This testing procedure will assist you in verifying the integrity of the storage subsystem, first from the local system and then from a client workstation on the LAN. Both of these procedures should work without any errors.