Solved

Tape Management

Posted on 2016-09-27
8
110 Views
Last Modified: 2016-09-28
I Have HP LTO5, previously the tape drive was used by Yosemite Server Backup Basic was working fine, now we have installed Symantec Backup Exec 15, when we try to backup on the tape which was being used with old software it does not allow to use the tape, even the cleaning is not possible.
we are not interested with the data on the tape, we want to use the tape with new software.
0
Comment
Question by:D Patel
8 Comments
 
LVL 94

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 41817867
We used new tapes with Symantec BU Exec 15 as the older ones could not be reused.
0
 
LVL 7

Author Comment

by:D Patel
ID: 41817896
Sir the Tapes are not old they have been used twice only, the age of the tape is not more than two months.
0
 
LVL 94

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 41817898
I meant older style of tapes. We had to change tapes for the new backup.
0
Complete VMware vSphere® ESX(i) & Hyper-V Backup

Capture your entire system, including the host, with patented disk imaging integrated with VMware VADP / Microsoft VSS and RCT. RTOs is as low as 15 seconds with Acronis Active Restore™. You can enjoy unlimited P2V/V2V migrations from any source (even from a different hypervisor)

 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:pgm554
ID: 41818292
Try using HP's tape tools to test.
You may need a firmware upgrade.
Plus it's Symantec and like a box of chocolates ,you'll never now what you'll get from them.
http://h20566.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=406731&ac.admitted=1411446034954.876444892.199480143&lang=en&cc=us
0
 
LVL 94

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 41818294
Also the newest Backup Exec encrypts tapes so you may be running into that. New tapes in new Backup Exec taken off site for safe keeping cannot be opened by anyone.
0
 
LVL 21

Accepted Solution

by:
SelfGovern earned 500 total points
ID: 41820516
You don't want to "clean" the tapes (in backup, we clean tape drives (a physical process of getting the gunk of the tape head)), but we don't clean tapes.

You want to format or initialize (possibly but not likely 'erase') the tapes, which will prepare them for use by the new backup application (Backup Exec 15 in this case).  

If the tapes had been encrypted using LTO hardware encryption, then you won't be able to format or initialize them in the new backup application.  In that case, your answer is to use HP Library and Tape Tools (a free download, or at least was before HPE split) from www.hpe.com, and perform even a brief "tape write test" to the tape.   This write test will write to the tape regardless of whether it's encrypted or not, and in the process overwrite the tape header that tells the drive (and thus the backup application) that the tape is an encrypted tape.   Ah, here's the link:  http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/storage-software/product-detail.html?oid=406729

I recommend that you also use L&TT to upgrade the firmware on your  tape drive, as long as you're installing L&TT.  The latest firmware can improve reliability and performance, along with fixing potential bugs.
0
 
LVL 7

Author Comment

by:D Patel
ID: 41821082
Thanks SelfGovern.

Your solution helped me to resolve my issue.
0
 
LVL 7

Author Closing Comment

by:D Patel
ID: 41821083
Thank You all for your help
0

Featured Post

Announcing the Most Valuable Experts of 2016

MVEs are more concerned with the satisfaction of those they help than with the considerable points they can earn. They are the types of people you feel privileged to call colleagues. Join us in honoring this amazing group of Experts.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article aims to explain the working of CircularLogArchiver. This tool was designed to solve the buildup of log file in cases where systems do not support circular logging or where circular logging is not enabled
The question appears often enough, how do I transfer my data from my old server to the new server while preserving file shares, share permissions, and NTFS permisions.  Here are my tips for handling such a transfer.
This video teaches viewers how to encrypt an external drive that requires a password to read and edit the drive. All tasks are done in Disk Utility. Plug in the external drive you wish to encrypt: Make sure all previous data on the drive has been …
This tutorial will walk an individual through locating and launching the BEUtility application to properly change the service account username and\or password in situation where it may be necessary or where the password has been inadvertently change…

830 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question