What is Removable Storage?

Article:TECH5566  |  Created: 2006-01-16  |  Updated: 2006-01-16  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH5566
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What is Removable Storage?


Microsoft Windows 2000 has now included support for tape changers and juke boxes. Removable Storage makes it easier to manage data stored on multiple storage devices, such as juke boxes and tape changers. Removable Storage is capable of handling automatic cleaning of tape changers. This shows the snap-in interface of Removable Storage (Figure 1).

Figure 1

Removable Storage tracks media in groups called libraries. There are three types of libraries: online, standalone, and offline Libraries. The online library is any device that handles multiple drives or media, such as tapes. Standalone libraries handle one piece of media at a time. Offline libraries keep track of media, such as tapes, when they are not present in the storage device.

Media Pools are groupings of media, such as tapes, placed into logical groupings. There are several media pool types: Free, Unrecognized, Import, and Application. Free Media pools track blank media. Media that is moved to the Free Media pool is erased. Unrecognized Media pool is any media that is unrecognized by Removable Storage. Imported Media pool contains media that has not been catalogued by Removable Storage Management (RSM). Once the media has been catalogued, it is moved either into Free or Application media pools.

Another feature of Removable Storage is its security. Security can be configured to specific devices allowing different operators to manage devices. Removable Storage is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Snap-in that can allow administrators to control RSM from anywhere on the network.

Removable Storage also allows for command-line interface and batch files.

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