Step 3: Setting up standard object storage

To set up standard object storage for copying data from IBM Spectrum® Protect Plus to the IBM Spectrum Protect server, log in to the Operations Center and follow the procedure to set up storage pools. Complete the process by following the steps to create an object agent service by using the Operations Center wizard.

Before you begin

Before you start you must set up storage pools for standard storage or for copying to tape. If you are copying to tape, you must set up the cold data cache storage pool, and for standard object storage you must create and configure storage pools as required. For instructions about how to set up the cold data cache storage pool, see Step 1: Creating a tape storage pool and a cold-data-cache storage pool for copying data to tape.


  1. Create a directory-container storage pool by completing the following steps:
    1. On the Operations Center menu bar, click Storage > Storage Pools.

      Operations Center storage pools

    2. On the Storage Pools page, click Storage Pool Add storage pool.
    3. Complete the steps in the Add Storage Pool wizard.
      Tip: Select Directory for the type of container-based storage, and add directories with the + icon. Click Next to continue.
    4. Review the Protect Pool summary, and click Next.
    5. Optional: Specify an overflow pool is that is required.
    6. Click Add Storage Pool to complete the creation of the storage pool.
      If the operation was successful, you will see an icon to indicate success with a summary of the storage pool. Storage pool success
  2. In the Services > Policies page, select a policy, and click Details.

    Policies table

    • You can edit an existing domain policy by following these steps:
    1. Update one or more management classes to use the new pool by editing the Backup Destination field of the table.
    2. Click Save.
  3. On the Details page, click Policy Sets. Click the Configure toggle to make the policy sets editable.

    Edit configuration

  4. Change the Backup Destination to the newly created storage pool, or add a new management class, Add management class to point to the new storage pool.
  5. Click Activate.
    Changing the active policy set might result in data loss. A summary of the differences between the active policy set and the new policy set is displayed before the change is made.
  6. Review the differences between corresponding management classes in the two policy sets, and consider the consequences on client files. Client files that are bound to management classes in the currently active policy set are, after activation, bound to the management classes with the same names in the new policy set.
  7. Identify management classes in the currently active policy set that do not have counterparts in the new policy set, and consider the consequences on client files. Client files that are bound to these management classes are, after activation, managed by the default management class in the new policy set.
  8. If the changes implemented by the policy set are acceptable, select the I understand that these updates can cause data loss checkbox and click Activate.

What to do next

Create and configure an object client for the storage pool or pools you created. For more information, see Step 5: Adding and configuring an object client for copying data