Use the StorSimple Device Manager service to manage StorSimple volume containers
This tutorial explains how to use the StorSimple Device Manager service to create and manage StorSimple volume containers.
A volume container in a Microsoft Azure StorSimple device contains one or more volumes that share storage account, encryption, and bandwidth consumption settings. A device can have multiple volume containers for all its volumes.
A volume container has the following attributes:
- Volumes – The tiered or locally pinned StorSimple volumes that are contained within the volume container.
- Encryption – An encryption key that can be defined for each volume container. This key is used for encrypting the data that is sent from your StorSimple device to the cloud. A military-grade AES-256 bit key is used with the user-entered key. To secure your data, we recommend that you always enable cloud storage encryption.
- Storage account – The Azure storage account that is used to store the data. All the volumes residing in a volume container share this storage account. You can choose a storage account from an existing list, or create a new account when you create the volume container and then specify the access credentials for that account.
- Cloud bandwidth – The bandwidth consumed by the device when the data from the device is being sent to the cloud. You can enforce a bandwidth control by specifying a value between 1 Mbps and 1,000 Mbps when you create this container. If you want the device to consume all available bandwidth, set this field to Unlimited. You can also create and apply a bandwidth template to allocate bandwidth based on schedule.
The following procedures explain how to use the StorSimple Volume containers blade to complete the following common operations:
- Add a volume container
- Modify a volume container
- Delete a volume container
Add a volume container
Perform the following steps to add a volume container.
To create a volume container
Go to your StorSimple Device Manager service and click Devices. From the tabular listing of the devices, select and click a device.
In the device dashboard, click + Add volume container
In the Add volume container blade:
- The device is automatically selected.
- Supply a Name for your volume container. The name must be 3 to 32 characters long. You cannot rename a volume container once it is created.
- Select Enable Cloud Storage Encryption to enable encryption of the data sent from the device to the cloud.
- Provide and confirm a Cloud Storage Encryption Key that is 8 to 32 characters long. This key is used by the device to access encrypted data.
- Select a Storage Account to associate with this volume container. You can choose an existing storage account or the default account that is generated at the time of service creation. You can also use the Add new option to specify a storage account that is not linked to this service subscription.
Select Unlimited in the Specify bandwidth drop-down list if you wish to consume all the available bandwidth. You can also set this option to Custom to employ bandwidth controls, and specify a value between 1 Mbps and 1,000 Mbps. If you have your bandwidth usage information available, you may be able to allocate bandwidth based on a schedule by specifying Select a bandwidth template. For a step-by-step procedure, go to Add a bandwidth template.
You are notified when the volume container is successfully created.
The newly created volume container is listed in the list of volume containers for your device.
Modify a volume container
Perform the following steps to modify a volume container.
You cannot modify the encryption settings and the storage account credentials associated with a volume container after it is created.
To modify a volume container
Go to your StorSimple Device Manager service and then navigate to Management > Volume containers.
From the tabular list of volume containers, select the volume container you want to modify. On the Devices page, select the device, double-click it, and then click the Volume containers tab.
In the tabular listing of the volume containers, select the volume container that you want to modify. In the blade that opens up, click Modify from the command bar.
In the Modify Volume container blade, do the following steps:
The name, encryption key, and storage account associated with the volume container cannot be changed after they are specified. Change the associated bandwidth setting.
In the next page of the Modify Volume Container dialog box:
- From the drop-down list, choose an existing bandwidth template.
- Review the schedule settings for the specified bandwidth template.
Click Save and confirm the changes.
The Volume containers blade is updated to reflect the changes.
Delete a volume container
A volume container has volumes within it. It can be deleted only if all the volumes contained in it are first deleted. Perform the following steps to delete a volume container.
If the volume container has associated volumes, take those volumes offline first. Follow the steps in Take a volume offline. After the volumes are offline, you can delete them. When the volume container has no associated volumes, delete the volume container. Perform the following procedure to delete a volume container.
To delete a volume container
Go to your StorSimple Device Manager service and click Devices. Select and click the device and then go to Settings > Manage > Volume containers.
From the tabular list of volume containers, select the volume container you want to delete, right click ... and then select Delete.
If a volume container has no associated volumes, then it can be deleted. When prompted for confirmation, review and select the checkbox stating the impact of deleting the volume container. Click Delete to then delete the volume container.
The list of volume containers is updated to reflect the deleted volume container.
- Learn more about managing StorSimple volumes.
- Learn more about using the StorSimple Device Manager service to administer your StorSimple device.