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By ChrisIS ·
I have Four servers with Scsi Tape drives. They are all maitained thorough Seagate Exec.
I rotate the tapes daily weekly and keep one per month. Problem: Several times when i check the status in the mornings one of the backups has a error. it has spit the tape out and stated that the tape if full and rewound please place the second tape in(something to that nature) well the percentage backed up = 0. So i place several BLANK tapes in and i receive the same error even though the tape is formated. Now if i leave that same tape in and the scheduled nightly backup kicks in that night, it works fine. Why is it that no matter what tape or if i re schedule the backup to happen at that time, it states that the tape is full. Note this happens on two other separate servers(not all the time)Is this a bug with Seagate, cause the limitations are incredable.
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by ARWJnPlanoTX In reply to Seagate Backup Exec.

It may have something to do with how the individual backup job is set up versus how the tapes are allocated. I haven't seen this specific problem, but I know that Backup Exec is very picky about how jobs are set up.
Hope this helps,
Al

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by Lo In reply to Seagate Backup Exec.

If you are reusing tapes, it is possible that you are getting an Append backup rather than an Overwrite (setting the the backup job). If it appends, the backup won't fit on one tape (previous used the bulk of it), so it takes a 2nd tape. Try Initializing the tape before you put it in the drive (only takes a minute or two I think). Check you jobs that they are indicating Overwrite on all servers (I think there is an "Ask" somewhere there, it should be cleared). I run this on my system at work (NT Workstation) with scheduler and had this happen a time or two till I got the kinks out. lo

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by mark.tassin In reply to Seagate Backup Exec.

It depends on your version, but I also know you can set protection periods for the tape backup. If the tape is being reused before the protection period has expired Backup Exec won't use it and will spit it out. It's possible that the backup protection period expires that night on you and doesn't kick it out that next night.

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by bulijr In reply to Seagate Backup Exec.

I use Arcserve but ran into kind of the same problem. All I did was used the retension utility in Arcserve and it fixed the problem for my company. Hope this helps.

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