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Job not using expired tapes in GFS pool

Post by Woffle99 » Oct 15, 2018 3:02 pm

Hi,

We have a job backing up to tape using a GFS media pool. We have a 48 slot changer and currently most of the tapes that are in there are marked as 'Expired', having been used for older weekly backups where the retention has now run out. However the current monthly backup job, that usually spans four tapes, keeps pausing and asking for a tape. It's on tape three at the moment and each time I have had to mark one of the expired tapes in the GFS media set as 'free', at which point the job picks it up, adds it to the GFS media set again and keeps going.

Why is it not automatically using any of the tapes that have 'expired' - that is what it's supposed to do, right?

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Re: Job not using expired tapes in GFS pool

Post by lyapkost » Oct 16, 2018 10:06 am

Hi. No, it's not supposed (see note). Howewer it's planned to introduce a registry key changing such behavior the way you've described. Keep tuned.

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Re: Job not using expired tapes in GFS pool

Post by Woffle99 » Oct 22, 2018 8:44 am

Thanks for the response and I'm glad to see that the option will soon be introduced. I have to admit to being a bit surprised that this isn't the default already though as I can't really see a usage case why you would not want it to work in this way?

What it basically means now then is that I can't just set and forget it, but every month I have to check before the monthly job runs to make sure that the weekly job hasn't taken all of the tapes - is that correct?

Cheers.

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Re: Job not using expired tapes in GFS pool

Post by Dima P. » Oct 24, 2018 10:28 am

Woffle99,

Indeed such behavior remains default, but we have plans to change it due to multiple requests. Thanks for your post - I've added your vote to this feature request!

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Re: Job not using expired tapes in GFS pool

Post by Hoegimator » Apr 29, 2019 6:33 am

Hi,

Just wanted to ask if there is now a registry key for that scenario with version 9.5 update 4 ?

Thanks
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Re: Job not using expired tapes in GFS pool

Post by lyapkost » Apr 29, 2019 8:58 am

Hi Joerg. The key is there. Please contact support to obtain it.

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Re: Job not using expired tapes in GFS pool

Post by Hoegimator » Apr 29, 2019 9:02 am

Ok thanks. I thought it would be publicly available. Will contact support then.

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