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Eject backup tapes from NB volume pool

Created: 14 Oct 2012 • Updated: 12 Dec 2012 | 15 comments
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Hi,

i want to move some backup tapes out of STK sl3000 tape library .. but i want from the netbackup and catalog also database to feel with this to be up to date

kindly i need your help how to do that

master server data:

Symantic Product Name: Symantec Netbackup

Product Version: 7.0.1

Operating System: HP-UX 11iv3

 

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Marianne's picture

Eject from NBU. That way NBU and the robot will both be up-to-date.

See your other post:

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/forums/eject-tape-media-stk-sl3000-tape-library-data-it

 

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sazz.'s picture

I quiet didn't get what you mean?

Where are you moving these tapes?

Once you have the tapes used in NBU it anyways will have record of it. What ever you do with the tapes the NBU database will make a record of it. Are you planning to relable these tapes or would be using the tapes in different setup????

sazz.'s picture

Marianne is Outstanding!! You remember all the post it seems and I will really appricate if you could tell us how you manage your database. ?

A.M.Ash.'s picture

ok the tapes were have a backups on it and not used now and i cannot able to write again on it ,,  so all i want is

1- to extract this tapes and keeping the data on it

2- and make netbackup feel with this eject

3- and replace the tape library with new tapes

sazz.'s picture

1> You can either do it manually by ejecting the tapes as mentioned in Marianne post or use vault management to eject the tapes. Read about this in Vault Management Admin guide

2>When you eject the tapes from NBU, NBU alredy aware of it.

3> Put the new tapes in the library MAC and run the inventory.

A.M.Ash.'s picture

hi sazz,

for 2> and 3>  it is ok ,

,  but for "1>  i want to  use vault management to eject the tapes.  can you help me in this ..thanks

Marianne's picture

Firstly - do you have licensing for Vault?

Vault is meant for regular ejects where you set up profiles to select certain images, volume pools, clients... etc written in a particular date range to be duplicated and/or ejected. Not really worth it if you want to eject every now and then. 
Details about Vault option in this manual: NBU Vault Admin Guide .
Really too much to cover in a single post.

If you want to eject a couple of tapes manually and ensure NBU and the robot are both up to date, follow these steps:

Manually select the tapes in the Media section of the GUI, right-click, select  “Eject Volume(s) from Robot….”
A new window will open with 'pre-checks' on the list of tapes to be ejected. 

After a short while NetBackup will complete the eject pre-checks.

If the list is correct, click “Eject”.

This will eject all the media listed into the Media Ejection Port  (MAP/CAP) on the library. Once all media has been moved into the CAP, a pop up will appear asking "Do you want to continue with the eject?". Do NOT click YES as yet.
You can now go to the Library and remove the tapes from the  CAP. 
Once you have removed the tapes and closed the CAP (wait ±2 mins), click on YES on the above screen.

 

NB. Only click “Yes” after you have removed the tapes from the CAP.

Once completed, “Eject success” will be displayed. 
Click on Close to update Media List.

(Above process corresponds with second part of Andy's post: https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/forums/eject-tape-media-stk-sl3000-tape-library-data-it#comment-7820411 )

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A.M.Ash.'s picture

Hi Marianne ,

ok i will read Vault Management Admin guide and back to you ..  , but for the other way you mentioned if i do it by ejecting tape with out using vault methods in this case is the data on the tape can be used again when i need by putting the required tape on CAP/MAP and load it  ??

A.M.Ash.'s picture

Hi,

for my last query i want to make sure that ejecting tape in this way will keep me able to read the data again

Marianne's picture

Yes. Your data will be untouched. The only thing that can damage your data on tape is physical damage to the tape while out of the robot.

NBU will know the tape is not in the library. Image database will still have media-id for each image-id. When tape is needed for a restore, NBU will prompt you to put the tape back in the library. 

Restore job will say something like "Media id XXXX is not in robotic library. Manual intervention is required".

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A.M.Ash.'s picture

ok thanks alot ..  i will read Vault Management Admin guide and back to you

A.M.Ash.'s picture

Hi , i have a question regarding this post . if i eject a tape by moving tape from its slot to CAP/MAP slot and there was a data on it

 

if i want to use this data on that tape again ... how to use it are it like putting new tape on the CAP and inventory load tape .. if yes is it possible to happen that tape is cleared and NB do labeling to that tape ..?

Marianne's picture

WHY would tape be cleared?

Most users on this forum eject tapes on a daily basis to be sent offsite. (Some use vault, others eject manually.)
When media is needed for restore, tapes are recalled from offsite storage, put back in the robot (via the CAP), run Inventory with Update and 'Empty media access port...' selected. 
Do restore.
No issue. 

I'm battling to understand your doubts/fear....

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A.M.Ash.'s picture

what i think is that when we load a tape that were any data on it the NB via the CAP), run Inventory with Update and 'Empty media access port...' selected. the netbackup will label the tape that is my fear come from

Marianne's picture

NetBackup will only label new media the first time it is loaded into a drive for a backup.

Tapes that are ejected from NBU remains in the volume database - only location (NONE - meaning non-robotic) is updated when media is ejected from the robot.
During Inventory, NBU will compare Barcode Labels supplied by the robot with the volume database. If the Media Id is new, it will add a new entry in the database. 
If the Media Id is known to NBU, only the location of the tape (slot number in robot) will be updated in volume database.

So, NO labelling is taking place during Inventory.

Please read through the Inventory chapter of NBU Admin Guide I  to fully understand what happens during inventory.

 

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