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Backup Exec 12.5 how to force specific tapes to be used on certain days

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Currently running backup exec 12.5.
our current backups use 6 tapes a night.
our autoloader holds 30 tapes.
but each night we import and export tapes based on that day.
We have the month broken down into 4 weeks week 1-4

we use the same tapes for each day of that week every month.
for example for monday week 1 we use tapes A,b,c,d,e,f,g for week 2 we use h,i,j,k,l
then the next month on the 1st monday of the first week we put back in tapes a,b,c,d,e,f,g
to be used again.

what i would like to do is be able to load all 30 tapes into the library, and have backup exec
use the same tapes every month for the specified day ie: week 1 monday.

is there a way to do this?
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In Backup Exec you can create your own media sets.  Once you create them you can set length of protection (days, weeks...)  I set weekly sets to protect for 4 weeks and my monthlys for 12 weeks.  when protection time elapses the tapes will be seen as usable again.
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we currently have a media set for daily and for monthly.
issue is all the tapes say for mon. - fri. are listed in that media set.
we would want the same tapes to only be used for the same day each month first monday of 1st week, 2nd monday 2nd week, etc.
if i set the media set to 4 weeks, wouldnt it be possible that the tapes from say tues. be used on mon, or a different day ?

sorry if im not explaining myself correctly, if not please let me know and ill try to explain it better.
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blane1966 earned 2000 total points
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Not sure if I am answering what your asking but I will give it a shot.

I created as you did my own media sets.
Weekly - 4wks
Monthly - 12 wks
Yearly - 7 years

I set the protection on them and then they are labled to seperate weeks (ex: 1W101, 1W102  then 1W201, 1W202) to signify 1= tape drive 1  W= Weekly (M for month y for year) then week 1 tape 1 and so on...

initially I associated them with the scratch media set and they are pulled in to the weekly job.  at the end of the week they are protected for 4 weeks.  2nd week I loaded 1W201 series and associated with scratch and same thing, they are moved to weekly media set and protection time starts.  After 4 week expires they are usable again and are already in the correct media set.  therefore you could leave them in the 30 tape autoloader and they would be used as they become available.  (Warning would be that if you had a fire or disaster all your backups are in the machine and not off site or in a fireproof safe).

Hope this helps...
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