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Status Likely to Implement
Categories Storage Management
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 3, 2021

Self Service: Merge Differencing Disk

Hi Team, I would like to propose that the differencing disk merge option be put back on the roadmap. I heard that there were some complications that came up to make it very difficult to implement, specifically around large trees of differencing disks. I specifically built my lab series to not have a tree but is just a single line of disks. I would like to propose that if the system detects a tree of differencing disks, that is displays a message that self service merging is unsupported. but if it is just a straight line of disks, (only a single child for each parent) that the ability to self service merge the disks be made available to the lab admin. Thanks!
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  • ADMIN RESPONSE
    Jan 6, 2022

    Thanks for taking a minute to send along this suggestion! Our Product Group has given this an initial review and assigned this a status of "Future Consideration." This status mean this Idea is not yet on our roadmap, but will be part of our normal prioritization processes.


    If you have additional context or would like to generate more demand, feel free to edit your original post, add a comment, and/or invite your peers to upvote your Idea.

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  • Guest
    May 12, 2022

    Kim Nielsen

    To have the option to do Diff Disk Merger ourselves is a must to save time for our Lab development and publishing. Building our large Labs it often takes many save before a Lab is ready, and by that we end up with a lot of Diff Disk. By having the option to do the Disk Merger ourselves will saves us a couple of days to get a Lab Publish. The Diff Disk Merger often reduce the start time of a Lab with up to 20 min.

    Maybe when we set Lab to Complete it should automatic go through a Diff Disk Merger to optimize the Lab. But any option for a self service would be appreciated.

  • Charles Alexander
    Apr 15, 2022

    What about having differencing disks automatically merged on the target lab profile when cloning a lab profile?

  • Charles Alexander
    Mar 31, 2022

    My co-worker came up with a solution that might be easier to implement. What if the oldest differencing disk was automatically merged when a fourth differencing disk was created? That way there would never be more than three differencing disks, keeping within best practices.

  • Admin
    Frank Gartland
    Mar 7, 2022

    We have spent a few cycles talking through how we might make improvements in this process. Good time to vote for this and/or add specifics if you're pulling for this feature.

  • Guest
    Oct 12, 2021

    Any update on this?

  • Guest
    May 24, 2021

    I have several clients (Quantum, Tanium and others) who would LOVE this feature.


  • Wayne Klapwyk
    May 6, 2021

    I would like to see self-service merging added back to the roadmap as well. It should be possible to handle a tree as well though. If a disk is detected as part of a tree it could be cloned and merged into the parent keeping the original disk as part of the tree branch. A warning could be displayed saying that merging disks could increase the overall storage used.