Create a file pool policy

You can create a file pool policy to define a specific file set and specify SmartPools actions to be applied to the matched files. These SmartPools actions include moving files to certain tiers or node pools, changing the requested protection levels, and optimizing write performance and data access.

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If existing file pool policies direct data to a specific storage pool, do not configure other file pool policies with anywhere for the Data storage target option. Because the specified storage pool is included when you use anywhere, target specific storage pools to avoid unexpected results.


  1. Click File System > Storage Pools > File Pool Policies.
  2. Click Create a File Pool Policy.
  3. In the Create a File Pool Policy dialog box, enter a policy name and, optionally, a description.
  4. Specify the files to be managed by the file pool policy.
    To define the file pool, you can specify file matching criteria by combining IF, AND, and OR conditions. You can define these conditions with a number of file attributes, such as name, path, type, size, and timestamp information.
  5. Specify SmartPools actions to be applied to the selected file pool.
    You can specify storage and I/O optimization settings to be applied.
  6. Click Create Policy.


The file pool policy is created and applied when the next scheduled SmartPools system job runs. By default, this job runs once a day, but you also have the option to start the job immediately.