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Feature Request for Tape-Management

Post by DFEX » Mar 26, 2018 1:10 pm

Hi there,


I messed up my GFS-Tapes because I have inserted the wrong Tape in the wrong time. :oops:
To prevent this in the future it would be cool to receive a message inside the last Tapejob-resultemail to insert next time the Tape labeled "weekly 4", "yearly 2019" or alike.
What also would be cool would be the possiblity to print out a calendar-like planner with the Tapenames on it for the Vault-door (or even better an Outlook-Reminder with the Tapename filled in 8) ).
This would help a lot!

Thanks.

Dietmar

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Re: Feature Request for Tape-Management

Post by Dima P. » Mar 28, 2018 9:31 am

Hello Dietmar.

Veeam B&R checks the tape headers and it overwrites the tape only in case its expired. Are you running tape device without bar code reader? Was that tape expired too? Thank you.

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Re: Feature Request for Tape-Management

Post by DFEX » Mar 28, 2018 2:54 pm

Hello Dima,

it is not a question of write-protection or alike - it simply is a human error to insert the wrong tape. For instace insert the brandnew-2018-yearly-backup-Tape on the 29th of Decembre, but the backupwindow is on Sunday the 31st Decembre night - and the year had another 2 hours - so it did a weekly-GFS-backup. Is was just a human error. With a calendar-list, an Outlook-reminder or an Email-notification with the info of the next Tape-name it would not have been a problem.
Kind regards,
Dietmar

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Re: Feature Request for Tape-Management

Post by Dima P. » Mar 28, 2018 5:46 pm

Dietmar,

Take a look at VeeamOne Tape Media Retention Period report. For example, you can include a printed copy of such report to your tape storage to easily identify what tape should be overwritten.

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Re: Feature Request for Tape-Management

Post by DFEX » Mar 29, 2018 6:38 am

Dima,

it's nice to try to help me - but you don't get the point: again, it is not about protection - for instance, I simply don't care about protection on a brandnew tape. But this brandnew tape has been inserted one week too early - so even the Media Retention Period report does not help at all.
And BTW: I am not able to set a protection-period for days/weeks on a yearly backup, so I had to use years. As we have different lenghts of years/months you have to set the retention period to "wanted -1". So I am able to take the yearly Tape and store the wrong backup to it 1 year long.
I would be happy to have a list for all human Tape-exchangers in our office to know which Tape will be needed on next backupwindow.
If it is not a good idea and no one else in the whole world wants this - then forget my Feature Request here - you have the freedom to delete the whole thread here - it's up to you. I have my lession learned.

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