In my bareos setup, I have 3+ virtual devices per client. These 3+ virtual devices per client have one media type that points to one physical location (directory). Every client has at least 4 pools; 2 pools use one virtual device (Incremental, Differential), and 2 pools use these two devices (1 pool/one device(virtual)).

In this setup, I have one media type for these 3+ virtual devices and these 4+ pools. Each of these 3+ virtual devices points to one directory per client. These 4+ pools per client have assigned these 3+ devices. So if I keep one media type per physical location (directory), I have no problem with restoring using any of these 3+ devices.

But now I discovered that these 4+ pools per client make things more complicated. I would like to reduce the above pools setup to around 13 pools. But this reducing requires keeping many different media types in one pool. I found information in the bareos manual that it could make problems e.g. with migration. Here is some information about that from the manual:

Each Pool into which you migrate Jobs or Volumes must contain Volumes of only one Media Type Dir Storage .

Bareos permits Pools to contain Volumes of different Media Types. However, when doing migration, this is a very undesirable condition. For migration to work properly, you should use Pools containing only Volumes of the same Media Type for all migration jobs.

Above, we discussed how you could have a single device named FileBackupSd Device that writes to volumes in /var/lib/bareos/storage/. You can, in fact, run multiple concurrent jobs using the Storage definition given with this example, and all the jobs will simultaneously write into the Volume that is being written. Now suppose you want to use multiple Pools, which means multiple Volumes, or suppose you want each client to have its own Volume and perhaps its own directory such as /home/bareos/client1 and /home- /bareos/client2 ... . With the single Storage and Device definition above, neither of these two is possible. Why? Because Bareos disk storage follows the same rules as tape devices. Only one Volume can be mounted on any Device at any time. If you want to simultaneously write multiple Volumes, you will need multiple Device resources in your Bareos Storage Daemon configuration and thus multiple Storage resources in your Bareos Director configuration. Okay, so now you should understand that you need multiple Device definitions in the case of different directories or different Pools, but you also need to know that the catalog data that Bareos keeps contains only the Media Type and not the specific storage device. This permits a tape for example to be re-read on any compatible tape drive. The compatibility being determined by the Media Type (Media Type Dir Storage and Media Type SdDevice ). The same applies to disk storage. Since a volume that is written by a Device in say directory /home/bareos/backups cannot be read by a Device with an Archive Device Sd Device = /home/bareos/client1, you will not be able to restore all your files if you give both those devices Media Type Sd Device = File. During the restore, Bareos will simply choose the first available device, which may not be the correct one. If this is confusing, just remember that the Directory has only the Media Type and the Volume name. It does not know the Archive Device Sd Device (or the full path) that is specified in the Bareos Storage Daemon. Thus you must explicitly tie your Volumes to the correct Device by using the Media Type.

Could you explain why I can't keep many different media types in one pool, if media type point to the right virtual device (directory)?

Why might it be a problem with migration in my case, when media type points to the right directory and volume?

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