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Automatically delete a tape before starting the backup job

Post by tomtim » Mar 15, 2019 9:01 am

I have a question about tape backup. I do a tape backup once a week. I need one tape per backup. Is there a possibility that Veeam will automatically delete the tape before starting the backup (Short Erase)? Currently I always do this manually in advance. In the data retention policy, I have set "Do not protect data (cyclically overwrite tapes as required)".

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Re: Automatically delete a tape before starting the backup job

Post by Friedrich95 » Mar 15, 2019 10:37 am

we are in the same boat :)

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Re: Automatically delete a tape before starting the backup job

Post by Shestakov » Mar 15, 2019 10:41 am

Hello Thomas,
I believe you can use pre-job script to erase the tape.
Just curious, if you overwrite data, why do you need to erase the tape before writing new backup to it?
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Re: Automatically delete a tape before starting the backup job

Post by tomtim » Mar 15, 2019 11:00 am

Hello Nikita,

I've found that overwriting did not work and a new band is required.

I already thought about the pre-job script, but what are the commands to erase a tape?

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Re: Automatically delete a tape before starting the backup job

Post by Shestakov » Mar 15, 2019 11:03 am

There is no official script for that, but you can find scripts other customers use.
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Re: Automatically delete a tape before starting the backup job

Post by tomtim » Mar 15, 2019 1:34 pm

Thank you. That was exactly what I was looking for.

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Re: Automatically delete a tape before starting the backup job

Post by Shestakov » Mar 15, 2019 3:43 pm

You are welcome. Once you have a question, don't hesitate asking!

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