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External hardisks, whether they are USB or eSata, are increasingly used as backup media, in place of tapes.  If you are using more than one external harddisks, you would want to set them up so that there are minimal adminstration after the initial ...
Article by pkh | 04 Aug 2012 | 12 comments
This article is a follow-up to this article   https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/articles/how-use-barcode-labels-prevent-accidental-readwrite-wrong-type-tapes   If you are using BE 2012, you would find that you are no longer able to ...
Article by pkh | 04 Jul 2012 | 4 comments
Currently, the the mail or I/O slot in a tape library in invisible to BE.  This presents a problem.  If I use BEMCMD to schedule an import to a slot and there is no tape in the mail or I/O slot, the import will just wait and hold up the entire library.  ...
Idea by pkh | 30 Nov 2010 | 0 comments
Why? If you are using a tape library with a barcode reader, you should be using barcode labels.  Why use barcode labels for your tapes?  EFFICIENCY .  The tape library can identify a tape from its barcode label without having to read the ...
Article by pkh | 12 May 2010 | 10 comments
Recently, I embarked on an exercise to see if changing the properties of the tape drive has any effect on the speed of my backups. I am using BE 12.5.  I back up my data to a SAS-attached HP tape library with a LTO4 tape drive and I write to both ...
Article by pkh | 07 May 2010 | 14 comments
For folks who use barcode labels, it is more efficient to scan a tape library, rather than doing an inventory.  Currently, I can schedule an inventory via the GUI, but not a scan.  Adding the capability to schedule a scan of a library would be good. ...
Idea by pkh | 14 Apr 2010 | 8 comments
Currently, BEMCMD can only inventory a tape library.  When barcode labels are used, it is far more efficient to scan the library, instead of using inventory. Please include an option for BEMCMD so that we can start a scan from the commandline. ...
Idea by pkh | 13 Apr 2010 | 7 comments