we have a compaq MSL5000 tape library with one tape drive installed. it has 2 magazines. we are using symantec backup exec 10d to control the backups. we recently started putting barcoded labels on the tapes because we wanted to move forward in technology. :) the tape library has a barcode reader and scans the front of the tapes to see what was inserted.
the process we do now for backups is this:
3 tapes get loaded each day for 3 servers. a file server, sql server and exchange server. every day we take out yesterdays tapes and walk them to our other building across the street to a safe. we grab the tapes for today, and place them into the magazines. on fridays (or days before holidays), we grab the saturday or any other tapes that need to run. the magazines are divided up for the different servers and different days. for the file server, on weekdays we do incremental backups and saturday runs a full backup. the other 2 servers get full backups every day. because of holidays and/or weekends, we could have 4 tapes lined up for the backup. the partitions are divided like this:
0-2 file incremental
3-4 file full backup (another issue with the data not compressing correctly)
the thing that gets me is that even with the barcodes on the tapes, we still have to reserve these spaces physically. we should be able to assign a barcode to a certain job, and let the library pick the tape from whatever slot it is in. it does a quick scan to see what tapes are inserted every time you open the door. it should know after that what tapes are in there and which one it should pick for the job. we just havent found a place in the software to assign the barcode numbers to the jobs. can this not be done?