autoloader question - Veritas Backup Exec

This is a discussion on autoloader question - Veritas Backup Exec ; hello. i have an HP storageworks 1/8 autoloader with an ultrium drive. i have been trying to figure out (unsuccessfully) to use only chosen slots. meaning this. monday-friday week 1 uses slot 1, monday-friday week 2 uses slot 2, etc. ...

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    hello. i have an HP storageworks 1/8 autoloader with an ultrium drive. i
    have been trying to figure out (unsuccessfully) to use only chosen slots.
    meaning this. monday-friday week 1 uses slot 1, monday-friday week 2 uses
    slot 2, etc. basically i am backing up several servers using incremental
    backups with friday being a full backup. however holidays are a bit of a
    problem. the backup for current week appends the tape from the previous
    week. i have to be physically at the autoloader to export the tape and
    replace it with a new tape so the backup will use the new tape.

    the autoloader works fine because it switches tapes when when it gets full.

    is there any way that i can select which tapes for the backupexec to use
    during its backups? thanks for any assistance.



  2. Re: autoloader question

    You will want to run backup exec in partition mode on startup. Then you can define the partitions to the desired slots on the autoloader. For example, I use BE9.1 with Seagate Scorpion autoloaders. I define the first partition for slots 1-4 as append slots so our regular backups append to the tape already in the slot 1 (changed daily). Slot 5 is defined to overwrite the data (for a weekly full backup of a system that we don't need to keep historic data). Slot 6 is defined for cleaning with a weekly cleaning scheduled every Monday morning.

    The disadvantage of the system you are proposing is it sounds like you are going to leave the tapes in the magazine. Tapes should be stored off-site for disaster recovery purposes.


    >>> jeffrey tucker 12/28/2004 9:36:05 am >>>


    hello. i have an HP storageworks 1/8 autoloader with an ultrium drive. i
    have been trying to figure out (unsuccessfully) to use only chosen slots.
    meaning this. monday-friday week 1 uses slot 1, monday-friday week 2 uses
    slot 2, etc. basically i am backing up several servers using incremental
    backups with friday being a full backup. however holidays are a bit of a
    problem. the backup for current week appends the tape from the previous
    week. i have to be physically at the autoloader to export the tape and
    replace it with a new tape so the backup will use the new tape.

    the autoloader works fine because it switches tapes when when it gets full.

    is there any way that i can select which tapes for the backupexec to use
    during its backups? thanks for any assistance.


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