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Powershell script to inventory and eject

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Dear All,

We are rotating every weekday our tapes and would like to run a inventory job followed by an eject. I have created a powershell script.
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$Library = Get-VBRTapeLibrary -name "HP 1x8 G2 AUTOLDR 3.10"
$Library | Start-VBRTapeInventory
Eject-VBRTapeMedium
The script inventories the tapes, but does not eject the last tape from the drive. I guess the powershell script ends before executing all commands. How could I instruct the script to wait until the "Start-VBRTapeInventory is finished?

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Hi,
I guess the powershell script ends before executing all commands.
Could you double check that please? I'd put an 'echo' output to file after each command to see where the script stops.

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Re: Powershell script to inventory and eject

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I think it runs all commands, but the eject command will be executed before the tape inventory ends.

I'm not so good in powershell to instruct a command to wait

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Re: Powershell script to inventory and eject

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If you know how long you want it to wait before ejecting you could try:

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Start-Sleep -s 120
That would wait for 120 seconds. Ideally you would want to try and script it to verify its done and that would take a different approach. I have not done this myself so I apologize that I cannot be of more help. There is also a PowerShell forum http://forums.veeam.com/powershell-f26/ that may be of use.

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I belive sleep it valid, but a bit excess. You can try to pipeline to Out-Null instead and see if that works:

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$Library = Get-VBRTapeLibrary -name "HP 1x8 G2 AUTOLDR 3.10" 
$Library | Start-VBRTapeInventory | Out-Null
Eject-VBRTapeMedium

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Re: Powershell script to inventory and eject

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The Out-Null did not work. I will try Start-Sleep command.

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I was wondering if you were able to get this working or not?

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try this:

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asnp VeeamPSSnapin
$Library = Get-VBRTapeLibrary -name "HP 1x8 G2 AUTOLDR 3.10"
Start-VBRTapeInventory -Library $Library -Wait
Eject-VBRTapeMedium -Drive (Get-VBRTapeDrive -Library $Library)

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Re: Powershell script to inventory and eject

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Just to clarify:

Start-VBRTapeInventory is asynchronous call, meaning, PS proceeds to the next command right away.

That's why to make the said or similar calls wait you have to include -Wait switch designed specifically for such use cases.

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[MERGED] : Eject after Inventory

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Hello

i am running a few tape autoloaders in different countries which before all backups tape jobs i perform an inventory and move unrecognized tapes to free - chances are new tapes will get put in on some loaders so i run this job across all libraries

but at the end of the inventory job the tape is left in the drive

i wish to eject the last tape so the drive slot is empty before jobs begin

at the moment my power shell is like this:


Get-VBRTapeLibrary | Start-VBRTapeInventory

Get-VBRTapeDrive | Eject-VBRTapeMedium

Get-VBRTapeMedium -MediaPool unrecognized | Move-VBRTapeMedium -MediaPool Free

the problem is that the eject does not take place as the inventory is still running by the looks of things

is anyone able to clean this up for me?

Cheers

Jake

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Re: Powershell script to inventory and eject

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Hi, Jake, kindly, check the script provided above and see whether it answers your requirements. Thanks.

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