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how to make tape drive available for mksysb backup

Created: 12 Mar 2013 • Updated: 11 Apr 2013 | 3 comments
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I would like to know how will i make my tape drive available for mksysb backup.

The node on which the mksysb to be taken is already client of my NBU server.

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RamNagalla's picture

you would need to provide more info about your setup and requirement

1) do you want to reserver one tape drive for your DB backup?

Nicolai's picture

Not possible unless the Netbackup client has direct access to the tape drives via SCSI or Fibre Channel. You can't share tape drives via LAN.

If the client does have access to tape drive you can use netbackup tpreq & tpunmount commands


How can non-NetBackup applications and utilities read and write tapes when NetBackup requires that it has sole access to the tape drives?

Related post about tpreq and tpunmount:

tpunmount documentation:

Assumption is the mother of all mess ups.

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Yasuhisa Ishikawa's picture

Just stop NetBackup on the host, mount a tape that is not used by NetBackup from library's front panel or management interface, and use the tape drive by mksysb.

Authorized Symantec Consultant(ASC) Data Protection in Tokyo, Japan