Add MA to CommCell

  • 11 September 2021
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I have a doubt:
I have to add a MA server (RX2540 M5) to Commvault, the best way to add is by Commvault(CommCell) or do I do it through the Commvault software on the machine(rx2540)?

So, do I have to create the MA database on the server or not?

@Mike Struening 


Best answer by Laurent 13 September 2021, 11:07

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Hi @Fernando Souza 

There is no right or wrong way, it’s a personal preference.

Installation methods are here:

E.G. If you want to push from the console, follow these instructions:

If you want to install locally, refer to:


Hopefully this helps, 




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Hi @Fernando Souza ,


I prefer to deploy it manually, this allows me to make sure that all the install steps have been performed properly : it’s a bit faster for troubleshooting, if needed.

What do you mean by Database ? The deduplication database ? Or the Commserve database, meaning you want to perform a hardware refresh of some existing Commserve that also is a Media Agent ?

Maybe Mike is aware of your environment and knows, but from this reading, I can’t tell :wink: Can you detail a bit more please ?

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Hello @Laurent 

I'm referring to the Media Agent Server database.


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So, from this image, you talk about the MediaAgent database, and not the Commserve database.

Just to be 100% sure, you Commserve role is held by a different server than your MediaAgent : correct ?


Also, next question : do you want to add MediaAgents for a brand new storage policy, or add mediagents to an existing set of MediaAgents and storage policy -gridstor ?

Although in almost any case, I would recommend you to install them ‘manually’ by RDP (windows) or SSH (linux).

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Yes, i added MA by CommServ, not by server, and create the storage polices, DDBs, Disk library, Mount Paths, and did replication and made changes.

The server is MS Windows

Many thanks.