Creating and Adding Platform Spaces

Platform Spaces can be easily created or added to a Storage Group through the Platform Interface. The operator must have Admin Feature Permission rights to the Platform Spaces screen in order to create a new Platform Space

Create and add Platform Space

When a Platform Space is created or added to the system, the following steps are taken:

  • The Platform Space will be Created or added to the System
  • The Platform Space will be sized based on the total capacity specified by the user.
  • Permissions are applied to the Platform Space based on the Default Platform Space Permission value in the Configuration Screens. Each user added into the Platform System will either receive full access, read access, or no access to the Platform Space being added based on how this value is set.
  • Certain features are added an enabled on the Platform Space.

Create a New Platform Space

When a user creates a new Platform Space, they are creating a mountable volume on a particular Storage Group. The user must have Admin Feature Permission access to the Platform Spaces screen and at least User Feature Permission access to the Storage Group screen.

The operator will start the process by clicking on the ‘Create New Platform Space’ button on the Platform Spaces screen. When completed, the system will bring up the New Platform Space Window:

create a new platform space

Figure 13 Creating a New Platform Space

When creating a new Platform Space, the operator will enter the following information:

Platform Space Name – The user will give a specific name to the Platform Space. This name will show when users mount the space on their workstation. It cannot contain certain special characters but the system will warn the user if they attempt to use invalidate characters in the name. This name must be unique across the Platform Network.

Maximum Size – This feature allows the user to specify the maximum amount of data that can be added to the space before it is considered full. The user has the choice of specifying the number in Megabytes, Gigabytes, or Terabytes. The system will then convert the selection to show the number below the entry box in MB, GB and TB.

No Size Cap – If selected, the system will allow this space to grow as large as the available space on the storage group to which it is hosted. Therefore, this is a variable size volume whose size will grow and shrink with the available space of the storage group.

Type – AE Render Space – When selected, this space will be created and monitored for After Effects® render jobs. See AE Render Space feature set below.

Type – Avid Collaboration Volume – Allows this space to act as an Avid ISIS® like volume allowing multiple Avid Media Composer® editors to work in a project at the same time. See Avid Collaboration Volume below.

Type – Include in Search – When selected, the system will automatically index files and folders in this Platform Space for inclusion into the integrated database catalog. This feature must be selected if the operator wants to search on files within this Platform Space. See Integrated Catalog and Asset Management for detailed information.

Type – Generate Proxies? - If the operator selects the ‘Include in Search’ option above, this Generate Proxies option will be displayed. If selected, the Platform Space will be set to automatically generate proxies for applicable video files added to the space.

After entering this information and selecting the options above, the operator will click on the ‘Create’ button. The system will then submit the request to the Task System to create the Platform Space.

Add an Existing Platform Space

This option can be used when an operator wishes to add a Platform Space that was previously created and then removed (see Remove a Platform Space below) or if a 3rd Party Storage group is added to the Platform that has existing folders at the root level of the Storage Group.

After clicking on the ‘Add Existing Platform Space’ button, the system will display the following window allowing the user to continue:

mount existing platform space

Figure 14 Mounting an Existing Platform Space

The operator will enter the following information to continue:

Platform Space – This drop down box will show the operator the folder names at the Root of the Storage Group that can be added as a Platform Space. Once selected the system will display the full Path of the Platform Space under the Full Path field.

Storage Group – This field is automatically filled in and allows the operator to see what Storage Group they are adding the Platform Space under.

Maximum Size – This feature allows the user to specify the maximum amount of data that can be added to the space before it is considered full. The user has the choice of specifying the number in Megabytes, Gigabytes, or Terabytes. The system will then convert the selection to show the number below the entry box in MB, GB and TB.

No Size Cap – If selected, the system will allow this space to grow as large as the available space on the storage group to which it is hosted. Therefore, this is a variable size volume whose size will grow and shrink with the available space of the storage group.

Type – AE Render Space – When selected, this space will be created and monitored for After Effects® render jobs. See AE Render Space feature set below.

Type – Avid Collaboration Volume – Allows this space to act as an Avid ISIS® like volume allowing multiple Avid Media Composer® editors to work in a project at the same time. See Avid Collaboration Volume below.

Type – Include in Search – When selected, the system will automatically index files and folders in this Platform Space for inclusion into the integrated database catalog. This feature must be selected if the operator wants to search on files within this Platform Space. See Integrated Catalog and Asset Management for detailed information.

Type – Generate Proxies? - If the operator selects the ‘Include in Search’ option above, this Generate Proxies option will be displayed. If selected, the Platform Space will be set to automatically generate proxies for applicable video files added to the space.

After entering this information and selecting the options above, the operator will click on the ‘Add’ button. The system will then submit the request to the Task System to create the Platform Space.