Creating Disk Safes

A Host must have a Disk Safe before any Replication can be run.

Disk Safes should always be placed on reliable storage. For more Disk Safe best practices, see Disk Safe Best Practices.

Follow the instructions below to create a Disk Safe in your CDP.

1. Click on "Disk Safes" in the Main Menu to access the "Disk Safes" page.

Standard Edition Enterprise Edition Advanced Edition

2. In the "Disk Safes" menu, click on "Create New Disk Safe."

Alternatively, you can click on "Create a Disk Safe" located at the top of the Dashboard.
You can also create Disk Safes using the "Disk Safes" tab of the Agent "Details" Pane. This screen provides the same functionality as the main "Disk Safes" screen. See more information in Accessing Agents.

3. The "Create New Disk Safe" window will open.

Standard Edition, Advanced Edition Enterprise Edition

4. The window contains the following tabs:

5. Define the following settings specific to the new Disk Safe:

Settings Tab | Devices Tab | Data Settings Tab | Limits Tab

Settings Tab


Agent (Enterprise Edition)

Disk Safe Location

Devices Tab

Data Settings Tab

Compression is a process of encoding information using smaller size than an unencoded representation would use, through use of zlib (also known as gzip) encoding schemes. Helps reduce the consumption of expensive resources, such as hard disk space or transmission bandwidth. Compression is performed at the hard Disk sector level on the Host during a Backup by the CDP Agent.

If the "Compression Type" is not equal to "none," then select a compression level from the drop-down menu.


Limits Tab

This tab allows File Excludes, Recovery Point Archiving ,and Control Panels to be enabled/disabled. Limits can be defined for Replication, Recovery Points, and Archive Points.

When you assign a Disk Safe to a Volumes, all Volume's limits are applied to that Disk Safe. That it why the Disk Safe's limits should be at least as restrictive as Volume's. For example, if a Volume has a Recovery Point limit set to 100, the Disk Safe can only contain 100 Recovery Points or less.


Data Retention


6. Define the necessary Disk Safe properties and click "Create."

7. If you have specified a non-existing directory for the Disk Safe, you are now prompted to create a new directory. Click "OK."

8. The new Disk Safe will be created.

Adding the Devices

Here you can find brief instructions on how to add Devices. You can find more information in Adding Devices. If you have selected the "Choose Devices to Backup" option, follow the instructions below.

1. You will be asked if you want to manage the Devices at this time. Click "Choose" to open the "Devices" window.

2. In the "Devices" window, click on "Get Devices from Agent."

The following error message may appear after clicking the "Get Devices From Agent" button.

In this case, make sure that server.allow folders in both the Server and Agent directories contain the text file with the same Server Public Key. The key can be found in Configuration Server Information. For more information, see Adding the Server Key to Windows Agentand Adding the Server Key to Linux Agent.

3. All Host Devices are listed in the "Devices On Agent" pane.

4. Click on "Add" (the green plus icon) in front of a Device.

5. The assigned Devices will be listed in the "Devices in Disk Safe" on the right side.

6. Add as many Devices as you need for the Host.

7. After you have assigned all needed Devices, close the "Devices" window.

Viewing Created Disk Safe

1. The new Disk Safe will appear in the Disk Safes list.

Click on an item in the Disk Safes list to see the Disk Safe details in the bottom pane.

You can find more information on how to use the "Disk Safes" window in Accessing Disk Safes.

You need to create a Policy to replicate (back up) the Devices assigned to the Disk Safe. See Creating Policies.