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Backup Exec 2012: Move Tape from Slot to Drive

Created: 05 Dec 2012 • Updated: 10 Dec 2012 | 5 comments
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How does BE 2012 deal with a scenario where a scheduled backup requires more than one tape?  After one tape is filled, will it automatically remove that tape from the drive and use a different tape from one of the slots?  What if there is a backup scheduled but there is no tape in the drive?  Do I have to manually connect to the Tape Library and put the Tape in the drive using the Tape library interface and not Backup Exec?

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CraigV's picture

Hi,

 

If a tape is either Scratch or appendable, then BE will use 1 of those (assuming you don't have partitions and if so, that there are available tapes in the partitions). It doesn't, however, select from another partition at all. No available tapes, and the job queues (and eventually fails if you set this).

BE would automatically select the required tape, no user intervention on your part.

With a scheduled job and no available job, the job queues and you have to get hold of a tape via a mail slot import. Simply putting a tape into the autoloader/library won't work and the job will stay queued.

Thanks!

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Gregg Leventhal's picture

Please clarify the below statement:

"With a scheduled job and no available job, the job queues and you have to get hold of a tape via a mail slot import."

 

I don't quite understand.

bsnbackup's picture

"With a scheduled job and no available job, the job queues and you have to get hold of a tape via a mail slot import."

 I think he meant no available TAPE causes the job to hole in the queue and an alert is generated telling you to import a tape to complete the job. Apparently HP libraries have a mail slot from which you can import tapes. My Dell tape library does not.

CraigV's picture

Not all HP libraries have mail slots. You designate this within BE and it consumes 1 normal slot if no mail slot is present. It allows you to pull the tape cartridge out, put in a tape, and BE will scan it.

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pkh's picture

First of all, when you use a tape library, the tape drive is at all times empty.  BE will load a suitable tape when it is needed.

The way BE looks for tapes during a job is given in this document

How Backup Exec searches for overwritable media

Note that BE will not take a tape from another partition even when it is available.

When there are no suitable tapes in the library, BE will issue an alert asking you to import an overwritable tape so that the job can continue.  If you do not have a mailslot, then you can only cancel the job.

Whether you have a mailslot or not is a hardware function and this is regardless of brand.  For some brands, like HP, the mailslot is not enabled by default.  You have to access the library either by the front panel or the Web interface and enable one or more slots as mailslots.  Mailslots are never enabled from BE.  There is no way to do so.

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