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How to identify media

Created: 13 Dec 2012 • Updated: 14 Dec 2012 | 6 comments
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Hi Fellas,

Im a noob. I wanted to ask silly question. My backup environment has large numbers of volume pool. Also it have large number of slots in library.

Recently, the volume of media inside the Tape Library keep reaching the maximum number of slots. Sometimes it will hard to mount other media from the I/O slots.

My concern is now to reduce the volume of media in those slots.

My question is, how do i verify which tape that is finished. Also I wanted to verify which tape that is currently being used and to be used.

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Nagalla's picture

question 

how did you conclude this?

the volume of media inside the Tape Library keep reaching the maximum number of slots. Sometimes it will hard to mount other media from the I/O slots

i dont think its possible... 

Andy Welburn's picture

My question is, how do i verify which tape that is finished. Also I wanted to verify which tape that is currently being used and to be used.

 

In all honesty the best place would be the GUI - throwing commands at a 'noob', as you describe yourself, would possibly be a little unfair (initially)!

"finished" - do you mean full, can no longer be written to until all images have expired?

  • in GUI under Media & Device Management/Media/Robots/your_robot(s) any media with a Status of 'Full' or 'Full MPX' is a candidate to be ejected & taken offsite (following your actual business requirements). Any that are 'Active' or 'Active MPX' are potentially available to be written to. There are also 'Frozen' & 'Suspended' statuses which cannot be written to, but we'll leave them for now.

"currently being used" - do you mean actively being used at that moment, actually being written to?

  • best place would probably be in the GUIs Activity Monitor/Drives tab

"to be used"

  • any 'active' media that is in the library has the potential to be used next.

 

Your business requirements/procedures should be dictating what media is ejected from your library to go offsite & when - could be that even some 'active' media are also candidates for ejection - thus freeing up slots in your library.....

 

SOLUTION
Tomer Gurantz's picture

The available_media script is also a great one for noobs and others alike. It's in /usr/openv/netbackup/bin/goodies on UNIX (C:\Program Files\Veritas\NetBackup\bin\goodies on Windows). 

To mimic Andy's response:

"finished":

  • Will show as FULL, or ACTIVE with a high usage in the space

"currently being used"

  • Will show as ACTIVE

"to be used":

  • Unlike the GUI which shows ACTIVE status but without a Time Assigned, in this command output it will say AVAILABLE

Principal Learning Consultant with Symantec Education Course Development

Andy Welburn's picture

The thing with the 'ACTIVE' status tho' : our oppos were under the mis-conception that they were currently being used i.e. loaded in drives, being ACTIVE-ly written to - a good trick 300+ ACTIVE media in 4 drives!

righthanded's picture

Thanks guys! I need to write the command to do some simple script which ease me to identify. I also prefer GUI to identify other item like Media status!

I will check for the Active

 

Andy Welburn's picture

Check out the (tape) reports in the GUI too there may be something of use to you there.

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just to 'ease' you in to what the commands are like or can do, the following T/N shows the underlying commands for the GUI report couterparts (other commands are available!):

DOCUMENTATION: The command line equivalents for running the NetBackup reports available in the NetBackup user interface
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?pag...