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Does DPM 2010 use expired tapes first, or free tapes? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am changing my backup strategy and I can't remember whether DPM 2010 uses expired tapes first or free tapes first.

     

    Thanks.

    Tuesday, January 3, 2012 4:59 PM

Answers

  • DPM will use free tapes before it uses expired tapes.  The thinking is that once you overwrite an expired tape, it can no longer be used for recovery, so DPM favors usig free tapes first.  DPM always pull tapes from the highest slot number first, so a free tape in slot 8 will be used before a free tape in slot 2. 
    Regards, Mike J. [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Tuesday, January 3, 2012 5:10 PM
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All replies

  • DPM will use free tapes before it uses expired tapes.  The thinking is that once you overwrite an expired tape, it can no longer be used for recovery, so DPM favors usig free tapes first.  DPM always pull tapes from the highest slot number first, so a free tape in slot 8 will be used before a free tape in slot 2. 
    Regards, Mike J. [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Tuesday, January 3, 2012 5:10 PM
    Moderator
  • Great answer, thanks!
    Tuesday, January 3, 2012 5:13 PM