Feature Request: Eject tape when full

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Feature Request: Eject tape when full

Veeam Logoby TommyB » Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:25 am

Hi,

currently I have the situation that I need three tapes (LTO4) for full backups on Monday and after that one tape is sufficient to save the incrementals for the rest of the week.

As I'm not using a library, but a stand-alone drive I initially used "eject tape after job", but then I had to push the incremental tape back into the drive every Tuesday to Friday morning :(

For my configuration it would be optimal if there was an option under "media automation" to only eject the tape when it it is full - this would effectively minimize manual tape handling.

This would also help when I'm on vacation and someone else (without access to the Veeam server desktop and the backup software) has to handle tapes.

I would just tell them to insert a new tape whenever the old one has been ejected.

Thanks
Thomas
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Re: Feature Request: Eject tape when full

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:54 am

Can you try to enable export current mediaset option and select only Monday? Otherwise, custom script scheduled via Windows Scheduler might do the trick. Thanks.
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Re: Feature Request: Eject tape when full

Veeam Logoby TommyB » Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:04 am

v.Eremin wrote:Can you try to enable export current mediaset option and select only Monday?


Can this work? This is not a library, just a single Drive, there is no export slot...

v.Eremin wrote:Otherwise, custom script scheduled via Windows Scheduler might do the trick. Thanks.


How could this possibly work? Windows Scheduler can not know at which time the tape is full!

Currently, the following happens:

Monday:

- Backup to tape starts to back up fulls from previous Sunday
- Tape 1 is full, Veeam Notifies to change tape, I have to eject manually, either via Veeam GUI or by pressing the button on the tape drive (this repeats two times for Tape 2 and 3)

Tuesday - Friday:

Incrementals are added to tape 3 (or 4, depending on the total backup size).

I would like to avoid the manual ejects on Monday. Remember -> Computers are made to serve us, not the other way around :D

Can't be that hard to add an option to do "eject on tape full"... I'm a professional software developer myself, so i think I'm in a good position to judge this :wink:

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Re: Feature Request: Eject tape when full

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:19 am

Can this work? This is not a library, just a single Drive, there is no export slot...

It should, the cassette would be just ejected in that case.
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Re: Feature Request: Eject tape when full

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:17 pm

Thomas,
I would like to avoid the manual ejects on Monday. Remember -> Computers are made to serve us, not the other way around :D

Imagine the media is ejected; you still need to load a new tape media manually, right? :wink:
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Re: Feature Request: Eject tape when full

Veeam Logoby TommyB » Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:45 am

d.popov wrote:Thomas,
Imagine the media is ejected; you still need to load a new tape media manually, right? :wink:


Yes. Sure. But I hate to repeat useless tasks :mrgreen:
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Re: Feature Request: Eject tape when full

Veeam Logoby jeangaud » Thu May 28, 2015 2:05 pm

I use a single drive also and I want this feature also. I realized that pushing the physical eject button on the tape drive is not ejecting the tape in the software !

When the tape is full, it should eject the tape automatically, if an option is enabled.
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Re: Feature Request: Eject tape when full

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Thu May 28, 2015 2:26 pm

Hello Jean,
Thanks for the feedback – we will get back to this request as soon as we get any available resources. Thanks!
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