Does DPM have a tape error or general health check function? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Good afternoon,

    We are currently using DPM 2007 with plans to upgrade to 2012 once our new environment has been built. One issue that has been brought up is that the majority of our LTO-3 tapes are older than anyone can remember, at least 6+ years. We're thinking of introducing a process whereby old tapes are proactively replaced before they can fail.

    We also use Backup Exec, which has detailed stats for each tape, specifically it can show how many read/write errors the tape is getting. When this number starts to peak we will know it's time for the tape to be retired. Is there any such function in newer versions of DPM?

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 1:38 PM

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  • Hi,

    Unfortunately, DPM does have any feature to keep track of tape usage statistics - the best you can do is record anytime a tape is marked offsite ready so you know how many times the tape has been used, and retire the tape after x number of cycles.

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    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 6:50 PM