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  1. Requesting Specific Media for Backups Causing Issues


    We have an off-site W3K server running Veritas NetBackup 5.1MP3 with an attached
    IBM ULT3580-TD20 tape drive. Instead of overwriting the already expired
    / empty media being placed in the drive, the nightly jobs are requesting
    a specific media ID. Unfortunately, due to time zone issues, once the scheduled
    jobs kick off and the specific media ID is requested, there is not always
    someone onsite to hunt down that particular tape and mount it in the standalone
    drive. Ideally I would like Veritas to automatically overwrite any non-write
    protected tapes placed in the stand alone drive when the auto backup jobs
    kick in. How can I make this happen?

    Also, if anyone knows of any 3rd party tools or remote access tools that
    can be used to make a standalone reload its tape please send them along!

    Thanks in advance,
    Patty

  2. Re: Requesting Specific Media for Backups Causing Issues

    Provided you don't need any data on the tape in the drive, expire it using
    bpexpdate, which you could script as a scheduled task. If that still
    fails, try "vmquery -deassignbyid"

    "Patty McDonald" wrote in message
    news:43012902@ROSASTDMZ05....
    >
    > We have an off-site W3K server running Veritas NetBackup 5.1MP3 with an

    attached
    > IBM ULT3580-TD20 tape drive. Instead of overwriting the already expired
    > / empty media being placed in the drive, the nightly jobs are requesting
    > a specific media ID. Unfortunately, due to time zone issues, once the

    scheduled
    > jobs kick off and the specific media ID is requested, there is not always
    > someone onsite to hunt down that particular tape and mount it in the

    standalone
    > drive. Ideally I would like Veritas to automatically overwrite any

    non-write
    > protected tapes placed in the stand alone drive when the auto backup jobs
    > kick in. How can I make this happen?
    >
    > Also, if anyone knows of any 3rd party tools or remote access tools that
    > can be used to make a standalone reload its tape please send them along!
    >
    > Thanks in advance,
    > Patty




  3. Re: Requesting Specific Media for Backups Causing Issues


    Thanks for the suggestion Backup Bob! I actually had tried the vmquery deassignbyid
    cmd and then erased the tape as well, confirmed it was still a member of
    the correct pool and let the scheduler kick off the backup jobs. But when
    it still would not use the tape in the drive and asks for different tapes
    then what is in the drive I posted this original query.

    "Backup Bob" wrote:
    >Provided you don't need any data on the tape in the drive, expire it using
    >bpexpdate, which you could script as a scheduled task. If that still
    >fails, try "vmquery -deassignbyid"
    >
    >"Patty McDonald" wrote in message
    >news:43012902@ROSASTDMZ05....
    >>
    >> We have an off-site W3K server running Veritas NetBackup 5.1MP3 with an

    >attached
    >> IBM ULT3580-TD20 tape drive. Instead of overwriting the already expired
    >> / empty media being placed in the drive, the nightly jobs are requesting
    >> a specific media ID. Unfortunately, due to time zone issues, once the

    >scheduled
    >> jobs kick off and the specific media ID is requested, there is not always
    >> someone onsite to hunt down that particular tape and mount it in the

    >standalone
    >> drive. Ideally I would like Veritas to automatically overwrite any

    >non-write
    >> protected tapes placed in the stand alone drive when the auto backup

    jobs
    >> kick in. How can I make this happen?
    >>
    >> Also, if anyone knows of any 3rd party tools or remote access tools that
    >> can be used to make a standalone reload its tape please send them along!
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance,
    >> Patty

    >
    >



  4. Re: Requesting Specific Media for Backups Causing Issues

    I've never used a standalone drive, I always use libraries, so I can't help
    much.
    Can you write to the tape in the drive with a manual backup? Is the tape
    definitely empty?

    "Patty McDonald" wrote in message
    news:4301e84a@ROSASTDMZ05....
    >
    > Thanks for the suggestion Backup Bob! I actually had tried the vmquery

    deassignbyid
    > cmd and then erased the tape as well, confirmed it was still a member of
    > the correct pool and let the scheduler kick off the backup jobs. But when
    > it still would not use the tape in the drive and asks for different tapes
    > then what is in the drive I posted this original query.
    >
    > "Backup Bob" wrote:
    > >Provided you don't need any data on the tape in the drive, expire it

    using
    > >bpexpdate, which you could script as a scheduled task. If that still
    > >fails, try "vmquery -deassignbyid"
    > >
    > >"Patty McDonald" wrote in message
    > >news:43012902@ROSASTDMZ05....
    > >>
    > >> We have an off-site W3K server running Veritas NetBackup 5.1MP3 with an

    > >attached
    > >> IBM ULT3580-TD20 tape drive. Instead of overwriting the already

    expired
    > >> / empty media being placed in the drive, the nightly jobs are

    requesting
    > >> a specific media ID. Unfortunately, due to time zone issues, once the

    > >scheduled
    > >> jobs kick off and the specific media ID is requested, there is not

    always
    > >> someone onsite to hunt down that particular tape and mount it in the

    > >standalone
    > >> drive. Ideally I would like Veritas to automatically overwrite any

    > >non-write
    > >> protected tapes placed in the stand alone drive when the auto backup

    > jobs
    > >> kick in. How can I make this happen?
    > >>
    > >> Also, if anyone knows of any 3rd party tools or remote access tools

    that
    > >> can be used to make a standalone reload its tape please send them

    along!
    > >>
    > >> Thanks in advance,
    > >> Patty

    > >
    > >

    >




  5. Re: Requesting Specific Media for Backups Causing Issues

    Is "Enable stand alone drive extensions checked is the General Server
    properties on the master server? If so, uncheck it. Or if it is
    unchecked then check it. I can't remember which way it is supposed to
    be set for stand alone drives. Tthat is how you tell it there is a
    stand alone drive and to use whatever tape is in the drive. If not set
    correctly it insists on requesting a specific tape. Keep in mind if
    the tape in the drive is full or not usable for some other reason it
    will still request another tape.

    JR

    On Tue, 16 Aug 2005 17:40:12 +0100, "Backup Bob"
    wrote:

    >I've never used a standalone drive, I always use libraries, so I can't help
    >much.
    >Can you write to the tape in the drive with a manual backup? Is the tape
    >definitely empty?
    >
    >"Patty McDonald" wrote in message
    >news:4301e84a@ROSASTDMZ05....
    >>
    >> Thanks for the suggestion Backup Bob! I actually had tried the vmquery

    >deassignbyid
    >> cmd and then erased the tape as well, confirmed it was still a member of
    >> the correct pool and let the scheduler kick off the backup jobs. But when
    >> it still would not use the tape in the drive and asks for different tapes
    >> then what is in the drive I posted this original query.
    >>
    >> "Backup Bob" wrote:
    >> >Provided you don't need any data on the tape in the drive, expire it

    >using
    >> >bpexpdate, which you could script as a scheduled task. If that still
    >> >fails, try "vmquery -deassignbyid"
    >> >
    >> >"Patty McDonald" wrote in message
    >> >news:43012902@ROSASTDMZ05....
    >> >>
    >> >> We have an off-site W3K server running Veritas NetBackup 5.1MP3 with an
    >> >attached
    >> >> IBM ULT3580-TD20 tape drive. Instead of overwriting the already

    >expired
    >> >> / empty media being placed in the drive, the nightly jobs are

    >requesting
    >> >> a specific media ID. Unfortunately, due to time zone issues, once the
    >> >scheduled
    >> >> jobs kick off and the specific media ID is requested, there is not

    >always
    >> >> someone onsite to hunt down that particular tape and mount it in the
    >> >standalone
    >> >> drive. Ideally I would like Veritas to automatically overwrite any
    >> >non-write
    >> >> protected tapes placed in the stand alone drive when the auto backup

    >> jobs
    >> >> kick in. How can I make this happen?
    >> >>
    >> >> Also, if anyone knows of any 3rd party tools or remote access tools

    >that
    >> >> can be used to make a standalone reload its tape please send them

    >along!
    >> >>
    >> >> Thanks in advance,
    >> >> Patty
    >> >
    >> >

    >>

    >



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