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How do I remove unwanted images awaiting duplication to tape?

Created: 10 Dec 2013 • Updated: 10 Dec 2013 | 5 comments
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We backup to disk, then duplication jobs copy images to tape.

I have a bunch of images waiting for a tape drive, that I want to discard, as if they never ran.  I need to get them off my disk to make room for new backups, and of course, make sure the catalog reflects this.

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Mark_Solutions's picture

If they are going to disk staging then you need to expire them or disable the backup window

If they are from a Storage Lifecycle Policy then you need to build up a list of the images involved using either the catalog section or nbstlutil and once you have a list of image id's then use nbstlutil cancel -backupid **** and they will no longer try to duplicate

Hope this helps - take a look at the commands guide for full details

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KevnS2001's picture

"Staging" sounds right. So that would make it a bunch of:

bpexpdate <id> -d 0 ?

ontherocks's picture

Have you enabled multiplexing for Duplication jobs ? or the backup images getting duplicated one at a time ?

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KevnS2001's picture

re: multiplexing, a) how can I tell, and b) why does it matter?

re: expiration: I see where I can expire images from the NBU Mgmt > Catalog section of the GUI, but they are still on disk.  Another step?

Mark_Solutions's picture

If you search for the images in that Catalog section and see them all on disk you can select them, right click and choose "Expire" they should then be deleted from disk within a few minutes

If they do not then they may be subject of storage lifecycle policies

Take a look at your storage tab and the storage lifecycle policies - if you have any in that section then see of they are used in your policies

If they are you need to cancel them using nbstlutil first

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