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Auto Inventory tape drive after the tape is inserted into a Tape drive (Single)

Created: 23 May 2013 • Updated: 26 May 2013 | 5 comments
Jammizi's picture
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Hello everyone,

We are using Backup Exec 2012. And using single Tape drive for backup

Is it possible to automate the tape inventory process in the event the tape is inserted?
Reason for asking this is we are experiencing issues in hte backup job. Also, we have to achieve workable semi-automation.

Issue encountered: 
1. When we insert the tape manually i must initiate the inventory job myself since this is just single LTO-4/LTO-5 drive.
2. When we insert tape and forgot to inventory. The schedule backup job will not go through.

We are operating Tape Backup round the clock, and has some operators on replacing Tapes that are not preferably allowed to access/administer Backup Exec server. That we need to find way to automate tape drive inventory after the tape is inserted.


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pkh's picture

Is it possible to automate the tape inventory process in the event the tape is inserted?

No, but you can use the Windows Scheduler and schedule the BEMCLI cmdlet


It has been a long time since I use a stand-alone tape drive.  I recall I only need to insert an overwritable tape into the tape drive and the job will be able to use it.  What is the error that you get when you did not do an inventory?

Jammizi's picture

Hello thanks for the reply,

Am waiting for the error log from a collegue. However the scenario, we have daily full backup jobs with tape 2 sets rotating on weekly basis. Daily backup job will overwrite the tape. Whenever we insert the tape for the scheduled backup job. We have to inventory the tape first manually. If not the Job will not go through.

I suppose the tape is already recognized since previous backups are already inplace.


pkh's picture

You may have to set an auto-response to the media insert alert.  Click on the BE button ---> Configuration and Settings ---> Alerts and Notifications ---> Alerts Categories to do so.

Larry Fine's picture

I agree with PKH, a backup job basically does an imbedded inventory job to make sure the media in the drive is correct/usable before it starts.  So, doing a manual inventory before a backup should not be needed.

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