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Hierarchical Pooling and File Distribution Not Optimal


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Just upgraded and changed over to Hierarchical Pooling.  Now have 1 parent pool containing 3 pools.  Children:  1 of 3 has 10 drive and 10TB of duplicated files. 2 of 3 is 2 USB drives. 3 of 3 is a single OneDrive CloudDrive.  Parent pool, folders are only duplicated across the 3 pools to the extent of 450GB otherwise, a single copy only goes to Child pool #1.

After numerous duplication runs and about 36 hours to settle in, I still get a message on the Parent Pool "File distribution not optimal".  All child pools are fully duplicated.

Would this be from the rules I have set to only direct a small portion of the overall to a single pool?

 

Also, why such a large amount of Other, only 1.5TB of Other in one child pool.

Thanks.

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It looks like you have balancing turned off, or set on a long schedule.  From what I can see in the screenshot, only your duplicated files are spread across the top-tier pool, and none of your non-duplicated are being balanced.  Did you check balancing settings on the top-tier Pool to see if it's on or off?

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Thanks for the response.  My intention is to have the Parent Pool direct ALL files to one pool accept one folder, that folder should be duplicated across all pools.  Pools 2&3 only have duplicated files.

I did take off the 12 hours default setting thinking I was would be turning up the frequency for a few days until everything leveled out.

I have file duplication turned off on all folders except Family Media.  And in the file Placement rules, I have that same folder filtered to use all drives whereas all other folders are set to only use Child pool #1.

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If Pools 2/3 are for duplicated only, then it looks like it's doing exactly what you wanted, which is good news.  It's spreading ~431 gig with duplication to the USB and Cloud pools.  (431+431+431) / 1024 = 1.262 TB. 

The message is probably an indicator that the free space vs data balance across the pools is very uneven, which in your case you can safely ignore.  I haven't seen that message yet personally, but I auto-balance between all drives in a single pool (typical NAS style).

Still, might be something for Christopher and Alex to review to see if they want that message displayed when such a specific filter is applied.  Don't see anything wrong either way with your setup.

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