Overwrite / Append Headache
I'm working with: Backup Exec 2012, IBM Ultrium-TD4
I am struggling with a unique problem, and I just cannot seem to find a working order.
We have 8 servers backing up to two tapes in a tape-deck.
Two recyclable 800/1600 tapes are inserted from last week.
Tape 1 is full and recycleable.
Tape 2 is about 70% full and recycleable.
All jobs are set to append, but overwrite if not possible
Overwrite protection is 1 day.
Append is infinite.
The jobs start by server 1 appending to the 30% free space, but soon runs out. It promptly stalls there and Library Insert is displayed. It's an append job, so it will not overwrite the recycleable space in tape 1, nor tape 2. Backups failed.
Set jobs to overwrite.
Server 1 writes to Tape 1, 45% space left.
Server 2 writes to Tape 2, 40% space left.
Library Insert, because the jobs are now overwrite, and not append, so they can't append to the free space on the tapes.
This is driving me insane. 5 months of having this program, and the only time backups are successful, is if I manually go and erase both tapes before the backups start.