Monitoring sufficient disk space for restoring backups

Monitor disk space for backups and restores using dashboard widgets and alerts. Observe the Current Data Size of backups and the Storage Capacity dashboard widget to anticipate disk space requirements. Take advantage of the Capacity Service to anticipate capacity based on disk usage or other metrics. Add a free or used disk space alert to send notifications when disk space becomes compromised.


The location of the address.yaml file depends on the type of installation:
  • Package installations: /var/lib/datastax-agent/conf/address.yaml
  • Tarball installations: install_location/conf/address.yaml

OpsCenter monitoring provides multiple features to proactively prevent disk space issues. Sufficient disk space is necessary for restoring backups successfully.

Before downloading a snapshot from a destination to use for a restore, OpsCenter (as of version 6.0.9 or later) verifies whether each node has sufficient disk space required for the download. The disk space check looks up the partition for the agent tmp_dir and verifies there is sufficient space on that partition. If necessary, change the agent download directory using tmp_dir in address.yaml. Attempting a restore to a location with insufficient disk space fails. The Restore Report indicates which nodes do not have sufficient space and how much space is necessary on each for a successful restore.

Restore Failed report shows nodes disk space and space needed to restore

Tip: When creating a backup, the Create Backup dialog dynamically displays the size of the selected data to back up in the Current Data Size field.

Storage Capacity Widget

Monitor free disk space for backups and restores by observing the Storage Capacity widget in the Dashboard. The Storage Capacity widget is enabled by default in the Dashboard. When storage capacity becomes limited, add capacity or clear space as necessary.
Note: Monitoring disk space for restoring backups assumes the tmp_dir resides on the same partition as the backup data.
Plentiful free disk space Low free disk space
Plentiful free space Storage Capacity dashboard widget Low free space Storage Capacity widget
Tip: Keep abreast of capacity requirements using the Capacity Service. See Forecasting.

Free and Used Disk Space Alerts

Add the Free Disk Space alert to notify you when free disk space goes below an acceptable threshold for an environment. Click Alerts > Advanced > System > System Free Disk Space from the Notify me when menu. You could also set up a Used Disk Space (GB) alert.

Note: Alerting about disk space for restoring backups assumes the tmp_dir resides on the same partition as the backup data.

Free Disk Space Alert dialog