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Quick Tape Spillover Question

Created: 03 Jul 2012 | 5 comments

When a tape has run out of space in the middle of a job is the only option for it to rollover onto scratch media? Is there an article describing the rollover process in Backup Exec 2010?


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ZeRoC00L's picture

Yes, during a job BE can only append the first tape, if that tape is full a scratch or overwritable tape is required.

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Upinit's picture

What happens if you have a scratch tape and an overwriable tape available? Will it always rollover onto the scratch media first before the overwritable media? I just want to be sure my overwritable tape that will be used for another job later on at night will not be used as a rollover tape for a job that runs out of space earlier in the job process.

pkh's picture

The second and subsequent tapes have to be overwritable tapes.  It will not necessarily be a scratch tape.  The search criteria is given in this document

How Backup Exec searches for overwritable media

Colin Weaver's picture

Also read the media management chapter in the admin guide it has a whole section about how overwriteable media are selected.