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Symantec Backup Exec - Tape media

Posted on 2014-04-11
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Hello all,

I am new to Backup Exec 12.5. We lost our network engineer and I have stepped up to taking most of the new duties. I have little to no experience in regards to tape backups but being in IT, I catch on pretty quickly.

I have just imported new set of tapes in our tape backup array but they show up as "Scratch Media"

My question: Should I leave it as scratch media and backup exec will automatically assign those? or should I associate them to the weekly media set for the backup jobs. If I do associate them with the weekly media set, they adopt the 1 week overwritable/append policy therefore the tapes cannot be used for at least a week.

Please advise? Any help is appreciated.

Thanks,

Sameer
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It's somewhat hard to say without knowing if the previous tech changed any default settings or did anything unusual with the way the jobs and media sets are configured.  However, assuming things were done in the "normal" way, and the jobs are associated with the proper media set, then you should leave them as scratch media. As each jobs runs, if there is previously unused media in the tape drive, then BE will automatically assign the media to the appropriate media set for the backup job.  

The only thing you might want to do, if you have specific names for specific media, would be to put a media label on the tapes before you use them.  For example, if you want to be sure a specific tape has an electronic media label of "Server2 Friday1" or something like that, then use the Backup Exec media label function to put that name on it first before you use it.
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Thank you for your response! I appreciate the advise :)
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