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2003 backup- media problems

By tech ·
Hi! Having to manually do a backup every night using Windows native backup as it comes up with "There is no free media available with the selected type ..." So I right-click the tape showing as in the drive, "deallocate" then "free" and it works ... have set backup to automatically overwrite any and every tape regardless but still won't. Any ideas pls?

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Removable Storage manager

by bincarnato In reply to 2003 backup- media proble ...

Here is some info on the issue:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/267574

You'll need to add this line to the batch file or createa batch file. Here is how.

batch:
@echo off
rem refreshes removable storage manager tape status
start /wait rsm.exe refresh /lf"SEAGATE DAT 06240-XXX SCSI Sequential Device"

You will need to determine the name the removable storage manager uses for your tape drive by running the command: "rsm view /tlibrary" without the quotes from the command prompt. Replace the part in quotes from above with the name of your tape drive from the command above. Then use NTbackup to create a scheduled backup to you liking. Make a new text document and name it backup or something and save it to a known location that won't get deleted by mistake. Open it up and at the begining paste:

start /wait rsm.exe refresh /lf"your device name"

Go into Windows Task Scheduler and open the scheduled backup you just created in NTBackup. Copy the entire line of the command and paste it next in that text file.
The entire document will end up looking like this:
@echo off

start /wait rsm.exe refresh /lf"SEAGATE DAT 06240-XXX SCSI Sequential Device"

\WINNT\system32\ntbackup.exe backup "@D:\Documents and Settings\Administrator.THEBOSSDOM\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows NT\NTBackup\data\daily backup.bks" /d "Daily Backup" /v:no /r:no /rs:no /hc:on /m normal /j "daily backup" /l:s /p "4mm DDS" /um

Then do a save as and change file type to all files and add a .bat to the end of the file name. Double click on the file we just saved with the .bat extension and it should start your backup. Then delete the scheduled backup in Windows Task Scheduler and add a new scheduled task and point it to this batch file we just created. Schedule it to run when you want. Alot of information in here but if you Google "ntbackup from batch file" you should find some more info.

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Refresh fixes

by tech In reply to Removable Storage manager

Thank you very much for your reply- just had chance to put into practice over the weekend and the backup has now gone by itself for the first time in ages. Microsoft link useful too as it gives several other options, but your suggestion has done it- many thanks!

Sorry- didn't fix. Come Monday it does same thing: cannot find usable media! Played about with the script and the device is definitely ok: if I run manually, it also says "cannot find correct media, OK to use what's in there?" or words to that effect. Is there any way to make it just use whatever media is in the drive? Used to work, and does on other systems I use.

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