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Backup Exec External Tapes drives - which server should I connect the drive too?

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Hi Backup Exec Experts,

Got Backup Exec running on a main file server, with an Exchange Agent running on an Exchange server.

Currently backing up all to an external USB tape drive on the File server.

I now have a spare USB tape drive (Different model to one currently in use).  I'd like to backup Files to the current tape drive and email to the other drive.

SHould I put the extra drive on the File Server or should I put it on the Exchange server?

(I'm not sure wether BE supports two USB Tape drives on one server and also wether you can backup to another driver on another server, if you see what I mean!)

Thanks
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You can only have the backup drives attached to media servers, in this case your file server. You can have multiple backup devices attached to the same media server. You can not attach a backup drive to your Exchange server without loading the full Backup Exec on that server. With multiple drives attached to the same server, you can have different jobs going to different backup devices, if you wish. This means that you can send file server backups to one drive and Exchange backups to another drive. You can also have backups of your Active Directory go to whatever drive is available by sending the job to your drive pool.
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Thanks for your comment.  Now I know that I have to put both drives on the one server.

Do you know if I can have two USB Tape drives on one media server then?  I seem to remember reading documentation a few years back that said the tape drive had to be the only device plugged in via USB...
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I have never used USB drives, so I don't know if the USB aspect will be an issue.
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OK.  Well I know that I have to put them both on the server so I suppose I'll just have to try plugging them in at the same time and see what happens.  I'll mark this as part answered.

Thanks for your help.
John
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Thanks for your help.
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