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Dell 124t Tape Library & Backup Exec 2010

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Hi Guys,

I have a Dell 124t Tape Library and Backup Exec 2010 on a MS Server 2008 x64 Machine.
The Tape Library is connected via SAS Cable.

I feel im experiencing a weird issue that if i change the tapes around in the left magazine of the TL, i do not see BE reflect these changes without running a commend in BE.

I have spoken to a few people with BE2010 and other brand TL's and they report that changing the media in a magazine should reflect in BE automatically without having to run a job in order to see the changes.

Could this be a limitation of the compatability between the two?

My current solution is to run a command pre-job that initiates an inventory before the backup job commences, though im having issues with that too. The issue with this is that im I have the batch run as a Pre-command, though it seems to be running after the backup job completes.

There are 2 options i can tick within this section once i enter a path for the pre-command.
The first is is "Allow pre- and post-commands to be successful only if completed with a return code of zero" and the second is "Run job only if pre-command is successful".

Referance: http://seer.entsupport.symantec.com/docs/341995.htm

I know that ticking these can cause the backup not to run at all with a return of an incomplete command.

Any suggestions, ideas would be muchly appreciated.
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When changing tapes physically in the library you need to run IMPORT/EXPORT of the tapes in order for BEWS to be aware of the changes
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Once the tapes have been replaced in the Library you need to run an INVENTORY of the SLOTS/Library
If the LEFT magazine is not recognized at all in BEWS you will need to change the library configuration.
You can schedule an INVENTORY JOB to run before your backup starts and do not need to run PRE/POST commands for the same.

Please refer to the following articles for more information
A Tape Library shows no activity when an Import or Export command is run in  Backup Exec for Windows Servers
http://support.veritas.com/docs/261505 

Backup Exec does not display all the slots on DELL Powervault 124T tape library  after changing or installing new magazines.
http://support.veritas.com/docs/322656 


 How to import media in the robotic library in Backup  Exec for Windows Servers
http://support.veritas.com/docs/271478
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Thank you for your promptness on this matter.

Though im unsure how to schedule an Inventory through BE Job Setup, i would like to do it here so that i can manage all the jobs in one location. The obvious alternative is to schedule the batch file to run in windows task scheduler. I know doing this will still show the job log in BE Job Monitor.

Is it possible to schedule it through BE or am i forced to use task scheduler?

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You have to schedule the inventory from BEWS
Inventorying media

http://support.veritas.com/docs/309610 
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