How to configure job log details about media

Posted on 2007-10-08
Last Modified: 2013-12-01
I would like to configure the job log to tell what media was used for the backup. For example, if it used 3 tapes to complete the backup job, which 3?

I am running on Windows Server 2003 with an Exabyte VXA PacketLoader autoloader drive.

Question by:jjnjer
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    Open the job logs of a completed job from under the JOB HISTORY pane in JOB MONITOR
    there will be 2 tabs on top
    click  on JOB LOGS
    then either click on the EXPAND ALL
    DEVICE AND MEDIA INFORMATION and it will show you
    ALL MEDIA USED with a list of MEDIA used by that JOB

    Author Comment

    This is the problem with that Device and Media Info section:

    The tapes I'm using are 86/172G capacity tapes. So with 2:1 compression in a perfect world, the maximum amount of data that can be on that tape is 172G. I have 5 tapes in the autoloader. The tape that the Job Log shows being used is the 2nd tape in the autoloader. Why would the backup skip the first tape, and use only the second? I'm backing up 195G of data, it won't fit on one tape.

    So I'm left to draw the following conclusions:

    1) Backup Exec is using 2 tapes to complete the backup, but only reporting one tape having been used. Therefore, it's not skipping the first tape, it's using it, only reporting the 2nd tape in the Job Log.


    2)  The Magic Compression Fairy has seen fit to sprinkle Compression Dust on my autoloader and my tapes, thereby making them able to hold more than the 172G of data as created by the manufacturer.

    Here is what it shows in the Device and Media section of the job log:
    Device and Media Information
    Drive and media information from media mount: 10/5/2007 10:00:55 PM
    Robotic Library Name: EXABYTE 3
    Drive Name: EXABYTE 4
    Slot: 2
    Media Label: B0000001
    Media GUID: {ec70bb16-83fc-495e-8a09-88dea73623fe}
    Overwrite Protected Until: 12/30/9999 7:00:00 PM
    Appendable Until: 12/30/9999 7:00:00 PM
    Targeted Media Set Name: Full Weekly
    This is what it says for the Backup Summary:
    Backup Set Summary
    Backed up 221926 files in 3429 directories.
    Processed 195,826,234,432 bytes in  8 hours,  19 minutes, and  22 seconds.
    Throughput rate: 374 MB/min
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    Expert Comment

    once you have clicked on EXPAND ALL
    USE EDIT FIND and the use MEDIA LABEL as the keyword
    see if it shows u some other media later on during the job
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    Expert Comment

    Also go to ALL MEDIA under the MEDIA TAB or SLOTS in the devices TAB and look for media label B000001 check out the compression ratio for tha media (it will be the last column on the right)

    Author Comment

    iamthecreator: I did the search for "media label" and it only finds the one instance. So it would seem that there are no other media be used.

    Looking at the media info:
    It shows the total capacity of the tape as being 73.4 Gigs, with a compression ratio of 4.36:1. It also shows me available capacity of 31.5 Gigs, Used capacity of 183 Gigs.

    So if I do the math right, 73.4 x 4.36 = 320 Gigs?
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