Backup Exec and robotic tape library questions

Posted on 2011-10-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
i have a couple quick questions about best practives for Backup exec 2010.
we have 2 backup server running BE2010, and BE2010R3. each server has its own robotic tape library. Dell TL4000(LTO4), and Dell 132T(LTO3).
now every week when my offsite tapes come back to me, what i normally do is put them back into their respective tape library's. then in BE, i run a "quick erase" job on the tapes, then re allocate them to the proper Media Set.. then run a scan and then inventory job on each tape drive.
question is, is this the best way? do i need to be doing all of this when i put tapes back into rotation?
when i have a lot of tapes to put back in, like this week, over 20 tapes.. the time spent erasing and re allocating tapes takes hours to do. what do you guys do with your tapes in BE?
Question by:CG_HD
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    by:Rodney Barnhardt
    Well, if you have overwrite periods configured, then you should just be able to put the replacement tapes in and inventory them. That is all you should need to do.
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    by:Gerald Connolly
    i agree with @barnhardt, set your tape expiry periods and it will all get done automagically.

    Author Comment

    I know that there is an overwrite protection time set on the tapes, but could you elaborate on the best way for it to be set up.. basically, when the tapes come back from offsite and get put back in rotation each week, i would like them to be ready to be overwritten and ready to be used by BE for my SAT Dup to Tape jobs...
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    Then you would want to set a 1 week retention, or maybe 5 days. Something to make sure that if you fill up the tapes, it will not start overwriting the previous job. If you just make them overwritable, then if you exceed the capacity, the job will overwrite itself. This may help explain it better:

    Author Comment

    thanks so much for your input guys! ill take a look at the link and see what I can do.

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