Feature request: Tape ejection when full

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Feature request: Tape ejection when full

Veeam Logoby SCSM_Martin » Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:18 pm 1 person likes this post

Hi,

I opened a case about this (01763953) and was told that it was expected behaviour and that I should post a feature request on the forum. And here we are!

Veeam 9.0 Update 1 with a 8 slots HP LTO4 tape backup library connected by SCSI to a physical tape server.

Whenever a tape is full and there is no other tape from the same media pool available in the tape library, the tape stays in the drive until a tape is replaced by another one that has free space. When Veeam sees the new tape, it ejects the full tape from the drive to the library slot and loads the new tape. For example, in a 8 slots library, I have 6 slots for the Weekly tapes and 2 slots for the Daily tapes. When both Daily tapes are full, I have 1 Daily tape in the drive and 1 Daily tape in the library. At that point, I have to open the library to replace the Daily tapes but I can only replace the tape that is in the library because the other one is still in the drive. When I replace 1 tape, Veeam loads the new Daily tape and ejects the full Daily tape in the library. Only then can I replace the 2nd Daily tape with a new one.

Why not eject the tape as soon as it's full? There is no point in keeping it in the drive and this would prevent me from having to open the library twice in 5 minutes. The tape jobs are configured to "Eject media upon job completion" and this is working great. The issue is only when there is no tape available in the library. I had this behaviour in 8.0 and there was no change after the upgrade to 9.0 Update 1.

Thanks!

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Re: Feature request: Tape ejection when full

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:18 am 1 person likes this post

Hi, Martin,

As of now the described behaviour is indeed expected. A written tape stays in drive, till a library gets stuffed with free media.

However, thank you for the request, we'll see what can be done in this regard, based on the customers' demand.
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Re: Feature request: Tape ejection when full

Veeam Logoby kkuszek » Tue Apr 19, 2016 2:51 pm

That's a good idea. Every once in a while when a job is completed I notice the tape still in the drive when I go to rotate media. I agree, if there is no active task it should return the tape if not requested to eject... period. I can't see an instance where the tape should remain in the drive unless explicitly told to.
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Re: Feature request: Tape ejection when full

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:22 am

Your voice has been heard. Thank you for the feedback; highly appreciated.
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Re: Feature request: Tape ejection when full

Veeam Logoby Didi7 » Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:48 am

And a tape should also be automatically ejected after a 'Restore Files from Tape Job'.

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Re: Feature request: Tape ejection when full

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:58 pm

Didi7,

Are you talking about optional eject after recovery?
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Re: Feature request: Tape ejection when full

Veeam Logoby Didi7 » Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:06 pm

Automatically or optionally, what ever! Maybe the possibility to enable 'Eject' with every manual tape operation job, like catalog, erase, inventory and restore.

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Re: Feature request: Tape ejection when full

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:08 pm

Got it - thanks a lot! Counted as a feature request.
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Re: Feature request: Tape ejection when full

Veeam Logoby Didi7 » Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:18 pm

Thanks.
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