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Tape Job Recommendation

Post by siyanor » Aug 02, 2018 6:07 am

Hi there,

In our environment I have around 10 Back up jobs which runs daily as incremental and full active on last Friday of the month.Each backup has a daily and monthly tape linked to it.Issues which I am facing (sometimes) is that when the back job finishes each tape jobs tries to gain access to tape library and even though jobs are getting finished successfully ,sometimes I receive a warning mentioning a job could not eject the tape from drive as it is locked.

I went through best practices articles for tape jobs and it seems my configuration is fine.I would like to know if there is a way (script or something ) to let the tape job check if new backup files are available to be copies in tape job and then accordingly I can manage at what time the tape job will run.

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Re: Tape Job Recommendation

Post by Dima P. » Aug 03, 2018 12:05 pm

Hello Ahmad,
job could not eject the tape from drive as it is locked
Do you see multiple tape jobs running in parallel when this warning occurs? Thanks.

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Re: Tape Job Recommendation

Post by siyanor » Aug 05, 2018 9:14 am

Hi Dima,
Yes,Sometimes it shows multiple jobs are in queue.We have a single tape drive.

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Re: Tape Job Recommendation

Post by Dima P. » Aug 07, 2018 5:28 pm

In such case this behavior is expected (basically one tape was removed by the running job while second job was expecting the mentioned tape). You can either schedule tape jobs to run one after another or create single big tape job instead of several small ones. Cheers!

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Re: Tape Job Recommendation

Post by siyanor » Aug 08, 2018 4:34 am

Good Idea but the thing is i have monthly backup (which creates active full backup ) if i link tape jobs together I am afraid maybe it will fail,for restoration from tape ,Will linking tape jobs together will be more time consuming?

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Re: Tape Job Recommendation

Post by Dima P. » Aug 08, 2018 12:24 pm 1 person likes this post

You can use Start after this job type of schedule to chain one backup to tape job to start after another. This should set a line on tape jobs and they would not interfere with each other. Cheers!

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