In Veeam 8, can I clarify that the expected behaviour of the Tape Infrastructure towards Media in Media Pools is that it will NOT clear from the catalog when the Expires In date and time has passed.?
My thought would be that all the backup data on that media has now expired and YES the tape would be free to re-use in the Pool but that the Expires In field would now become Not Defined and also Capacity and Free sizes would match and there are no Files recorded on the tape in the catalog as this Expires date has passed.
I suppose I also leaning towards the ability of the software to then return 'Free' tapes back to the Free pool. ie what other software has the ability to become a scratch pool.
Your helpcenter pages do statehttp://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/vsphere/import_empty_tapes.htmlTo understand which of the tapes can be overwritten, you can check their expiration date. In the Tape Infrastructure view, open the Media node and check the Expires in field for the needed tapes. You can sort the tapes by the expiration date and get the list of tapes that can be reused.
So you have to say ok this date has passed.. I can set this tape to free.
The tape engine will however use this tape in scheduled jobs.
I'm just at odds against how this works from a tape management point of view.
So in effect you can still get to your backup data beyond the Expires In date?