Veritas uses just one drive

Posted on 2005-03-19
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I have Veritas Backup Exec 9.0 with a Exabyte 230D. I installed a second drive. I made sure the Job says it will use both but it still uses the 1st drive. Any ideas?
Question by:trimixdiver
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If you're not intending to mirror the job, it will only use one drive because it won't split the data among tapes.  If you want to mirror, you need to purchase the RAID option.

Typically, I split the jobs to run two simultaneousely.  I don't know how many servers you're backing up, but you might want to consider splitting the jobs.  That way, if a job quits or gets hung (BE 10 really has taken care of that), your entire job doesn't get hung.  Also, If a drive fails, you still have 1/2 a backup and only need to redo the failed 1/2.
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Assign each job to a different drive.  If a multiT OS, you can run two jobs concurrently if you must, so you can use two tape drives.  You want a single backup on a single tape anyway, otherwise, how would you restore it?
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Additionally to either buying RAIDirector or having multiple jobs you will need the library expansion otion installed before BE will use a second drive. You can install it with the 60 day trial license by ticking it in setup and not entering a license number.
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Hello.  Have you successfully split your jobs?

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