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Issue with recurring tape jobs using older fulls

Created: 22 Oct 2013 • Updated: 23 Oct 2013 | 10 comments
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I am trying to run a duplicate tape job on an old full that I take monthly for a few servers (these rarely change). The tape job does not run, if I hit run now it just moves to "to be scheduled" then it does not run and changes back to its later scheduled date. If I run a new full it will duplicate to tape but afterwards it will no longer duplicate. Is there any way to force backup exec to run multiple duplicates on the same full with the same duplicate job?

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lmosla's picture

What are the OPP and Append period settings on your tapes?

caligovulpes's picture

4 week opp and 1 week append. I've also tested with scratch media so I dont think it is being blocked by full tapes or protection.

Dharmarp's picture

Check if there is any media alert pending in the alerts tab..

 

 

 

 

Dharmarp

 

lmosla's picture

do you have symantec drivers installed for the tape drive?  If not, you can use the link to download them from here  http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO73431  or go to C:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec and click on tapeinst.exe to install them.

caligovulpes's picture

No media alerts. I can do a duplicate to tape after a run a full on the server but it wont let me run multiple duplicates of the same job from the same full backup set.

 

The tape drivers are up to date and working correctly.

Dharmarp's picture

How many tape drives showing in Backup Exec?

If you have only one drive and multiple jobs are targetted to that drive, job fails. 

 

 

 

 

Dharmarp

 

pkh's picture

 Is there any way to force backup exec to run multiple duplicates on the same full with the same duplicate job?

No.  This is not possible because the history of the job would have indicated the duplicate has been done.  This is by design and is to prevent multiple duplicate of the same backup set which is something most people would not want.

If you want to have another duplicate, go to the Storage tab, select the backup set, right-click on it and select duplicate.  This will create a one-time duplicate job.

caligovulpes's picture

Thanks for the explination pkh. If i ran a recurring diff would that allow the duplicate to be run again? I would rather not create 3 extra duplicates for each server.

pkh's picture

If your duplicate is a stage behind the differential then each time the differential runs the duplicate will run

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