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I am Using Win2k Server and Using Microsofts Built in Backup Utility.  The task is simple: Backup the Entire Hard drive Daily using a single 4mm Internal DAT Drive and Changing Tapes every day.  I have setup a job and A Schedule to do this telling it to replace the data on the media on every job.  the backup never runs because I get the error "The operation was not performed because no unused media was available."  I have Initialized all the tapes through the Removable Storage Section of Computer Management.  I need to make this work VERY SOON.  I have also applied SP2 to this system as I know there was an issue with switching media in SP1.  Thanks very much for you help
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by:YodaMage
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If you are backing up files to a tape, and the Backup program indicates that there is no unused media available, you may have to use Removable Storage to add your tape to the Backup media pool. For more information on Removable Storage, see Related Topics.

-From: "NTFS volumes, backing up and restoring data" in the W2K help files.
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by:belink
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There is media in the Media Pool under the "Backup" folder. Its status is Idle/Allocated. If I try to move this Media to the "Free" folder, which I assume is what I am supposed to do, it tells me it cant do it because the selected resource is in use.  Do I need to put this media in the "Free" folder.  This erases all data on the media, Then what happens when the Backup software writes to it, Does it get removed from the Free Folder and I have to put it back?  Sorry if these are stupid questions.
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by:YodaMage
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Using Removable Storage:
Removable Storage makes it easy for you to track your removable storage media (such as tapes and optical discs) and to manage the libraries that contain them (such as changers and jukeboxes).

Open Computer Management (Local).
In the console tree, double-click Removable Storage.
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To open Computer Management, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel. Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.
For information about using Removable Storage, click the Action menu in Computer Management, and then click Help.

To take full advantage of Computer Management, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the computer you are managing.
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by:matt023
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did you try to erase the tape before the backup or configure it to append to media?
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by:bullion
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Add the switch /um to the string in the backup command line
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by:belink
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bullion, OK, I assume this means I should use a scheduled Batch file as opposed to going through the actuall backup programs schedule wizard?  I am guessing thats how I would be able to add that command.  Or is there a place I can simply edit the command that is already scheduled through the wizard.  Thanks for the input
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bullion earned 100 total points
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Yes if you set a schedule backup as usual - then go to the schedule jobs tab, and click on the job entry in the calendar. Go to properties and you will see the command line entry. Add /um at the end.
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by:belink
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Thanks Bullion, That was the problem.  I had at least 4 servers I was having this issue with so you have helped me tremendously!! Thanks again
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