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Force Backup Exec to use same tapes for multiple jobs

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We have several stages to our daily backup schedule.  Exchange goes directly to tape, while two separate media servers backup file and application servers to disk.  Then a duplicate backup set procedure backs up those disk sets to tape, we only have one tape drive, with a changer holding 16 tapes.  In order to most efficiently use my backup resources, I would like to split up my jobs over the course of the night, so that the tape unit isn't sitting idle waiting for a backup to disk process to complete.  Two questions, can two backup to disk jobs happen simultaneously on the same media server?  Secondly, I would end up with 4 or 5 duplicate to tape jobs which could potentially use 5 or 6 tapes in a night.  Is there any way to force two different jobs to use the same tapes, provided there is enough space on the tape?
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Yes - multiple backup to disk jobs can run simultaneously.
To allow multiple job to go to the same tape, make sure that your job is set to "Append - overwrite if no appendable media is available"
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Thanks,

 I know i can ALLOW several jobs to access the same tape, but is there any way to force it.  
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In other words, if I had 5 Jobs that used 20GB, I don't want it using 5 tapes when it can use 1.  BTW, I'm exaggerating the size of the jobs in this example to make a point.  
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Just set your job to "Append - overwrite if no appendable media is available". Also make sure to target the same media set in all those jobs. In that media set, make sure that the Append Period is set to Infinite. All 5 jobs will use the same tape as long as it isn't full
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