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Create Backup Device on SQL 2005

Posted on 2008-06-16
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Any idea how to create a backup device on SQL 2005 so that all the backup will be stored on the tape ?

When I start the SQL Server Management Studio --> Server Objects --> Backup Devices, right click and select "New BackupDevice ..." . The otpion "Tape" is grayed. Is this the way that I create the backup device to the tape ??

Many thanks.
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Question by:AXISHK
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by:AXISHK
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One more add to the question, I have HP LTO Ultirum 3 tape drive attached to the backup system.

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by:amritgill
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sp_addumpdevice [ @devtype = ] 'device_type'
        , [ @logicalname = ] 'logical_name'
        , [ @physicalname = ] 'physical_name'
      [ , { [ @cntrltype = ] controller_type |
          [ @devstatus = ] 'device_status' }
      ]

this a the syntax for adding a device to an instance in sql server..
u can also refere to the msdn lib on the following link
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms188409.aspx
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by:AXISHK
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Thanks.

After create the device and access it through SQL Management Studio, it pop up with the following error :

System.Data.SqlClient.SqlError: Cannot open backup device 'sysname(\\.\Tape0)'. Operating system error 32 (The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process).

Here is the SQL Statement :
sp_addumpdevice @devtype = 'tape', @logicalname='sysname', @physicalname ='\\.\TAPE0'

Any idea ??

Tks.
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amritgill earned 500 total points
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You may want to check startup account of SQL instance has the proper
permission of the tape device. Please change the startup account to local
system to test the situation.
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