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Limitations with tape backups and public holidays RRS feed

  • Question

  • We have just started using DPM2010 and are trying to migrate our tape rotation system over from Ultrabac.

    So we have Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and 4 Friday tapes.
    Mon, Tue, Wed and Thu are incremental backups and Fridays are Full backups.

    Our first problem is not being able to eject the tape automatically when a backup is complete. After searching, it seems there is no answer to this through DPM so we are looking into a script to 'press' the Eject button for us.

    Second. How do you modify the schedule of the Protection Group?? We need to remove certain days of the year from it. We don't want the backup to run on Public Holidays as there will be no one in the office to swap over the tape. As it is, the backup will run on a Public Holiday and the previous nights tape will be left in, as we can't eject it automatically. The backup will run again and append/overwrite the previous nights tape which is bad...

    Thanks,

    Monday, April 18, 2011 1:19 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    Unfortunately DPM does not have any option to eject a tape after backup.

    There is not a way to remove certain days of the year from within the protection group settings, however you could do it manually by using the Monitoring\Jobs tab, create a filter for the date of a public holiday and cancel the scheduled tape backup jobs. Do this once each year for each public holiday.

    Thanks,

    Marc

    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 3:36 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi,

     

    Unfortunately DPM does not have any option to eject a tape after backup.

    There is not a way to remove certain days of the year from within the protection group settings, however you could do it manually by using the Monitoring\Jobs tab, create a filter for the date of a public holiday and cancel the scheduled tape backup jobs. Do this once each year for each public holiday.

    Thanks,

    Marc

    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 3:36 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks for the reply.

    I don't know why I didn't think of removing the jobs manually from the Montitoring screen!

    You can Eject the tape using the Eject button on the Device in "Devices and Printers" in Windows 2008 so we are looking to see how we can replicate this button through a VB Script and then automate it. We're not having much luck at the moment. WMI will give us a list of tape drives but there is no methid to Eject using WMI.

    Mark

    Thursday, April 21, 2011 7:10 AM
  • I don't know if this carries over to more modern server software, but in SBS 2003 based on Windows Server 2003 this command ejects a tape:

    rsm eject /lf"SEAGATE ULTRIUM06242-XXX SCSI Sequential Device"

    Saturday, April 23, 2011 4:46 PM
  • Paul23: Thanks for the reply. It would be nice if that worked in Windows Server 2008 as that command is exactly what were after.

    But MS have rewritten Windows Backup and it no longer contains rsm.exe.
    Also RSM from a previous Windows won't run under 2008 either.

    Monday, April 25, 2011 7:44 PM