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Do I need to run a verfication on LTO tape backups even though the drives themselves perform verification as they write?

We have an LTO-3 Tape drive in a Dell media library that we use for our tape backups. The article about LTO on Wikipedia states that: LTO uses an automatic verify-after-write technology to ...
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tar file modified bit (am I being BS'd to?)

I'm working on a project where I'll be using tar to incrementally backup data on a server to a number of tapes. According to a senior co-worker of mine, tar will "set special flags on files so that ...
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What are the benefits of using 2 LTO-5 in parallel for pure CIFS backup?

I use a NetApp FAS3240 as a storage system, and I'd like to attach an LTO-5 NDMP backup system (with Backbone) in Fiber Channel. What will be the difference of using 1 LTO-5 or 2 LTO-5 streams? Will ...
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Need help finding a SAS HBA controller for an IBM LTO 4 Tape Drive

I've got an older IBM x3200 M2 Server (MT: 4368) and I recently acquired a used internal IBM LTO 4 tape drive (FRU: 45E1125). The back of the tape drive requires an Internal SAS 29 pin connector ...
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Correct backup settings for overflow tape in Backup Exec

We have a situation where our backups sometimes don't quite fit on one tape, and there's no budget for a bigger drive. What we do have is two separate tape drives, so we've hooked them both up to the ...
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what are you using to store your LTO3 tapes?

I have about 50-75 LTO3 tapes stacked in my server room. Does anyone have any creative solutions on how to properly store them so they're easily accessed? All the LTO3 cabinets I see are thousands of ...
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Tape vs SSDs backups regarding long-term storage reliability

My question is very specifically about solid state drives, not regular hard drives. I would like to put in place a grandfather-father-son backup scheme, with the SSDs being used for the grandfather ...
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Hard Disk based storage library

We have a Tandberg T24 tape device to handle all of our long term backups right now. We decided that we're not backing up nearly everything that we would like to and that we still have a lot of ...
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How i can backup data from VMware to tape?

i have more than one VM ware hosted on ESX 3.5I and i want to connect it (VMware) to tape to make backup from vmware to tape .... I can do it? .... if yes HOW ??
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Server tape backup solutions?

Our server is now setup to run a basic Domain. Our other (older) samba server uses an Iomega Internal REV tape drive for backups. There is an advantage to installing another tape drive the same into ...
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Backup alternative to tape - inexpensive SAN? [closed]

I'm pricing SANs and the cheapest I can find are 36k; we're limited in our department to 25k in purchases before they go for approval. I'd love to get rid of tape backup, as they are cumbersome and ...
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Why are extended warranties for tape auto loaders so high (nearly 50% the cost of the drive)?

I have quotes for an autoloader + extended warranty and I am baffled by the high cost of the warranty uplift. HP LTO-2 Bundle $3000, 3yr extended service agreement $1280 Quantum LTO-3 $2912, 3yr ...
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Backups for online businesses - better external hard drives or tape drives

We are an online business. Currently we are using DVD's for our backups. The problem is we are running out of space. We are considering two alternatives here: external hard disk drives tape drives ...
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Best way to deal with DC600A tapes with deteriorating tension bands?

I have probably ~200 DC600A quarter-inch cartridge backup tapes from the late 80s and early-mid 90s. I have 2 drives that are capable of reading DC600A tapes, but the drives were destroying tapes. ...
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CA ArcServe r11.1 - have to switch Tape Drive Offline then Online to finish backup

Ill keep it brief, I have an HP Ultrium 1 in a server currently running CA ArcServe r11.1. I have 5 daily backup tapes, each of which are new. 3 of the 5 work fine without intervention but 2 of them ...
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Backing up oracle to TAPE

our Oracle database has grown very large as of late ~= 400 - 500 GB and saving to filesystem is not scalable anymore to us. We are looking at using RMAN to backup to tape (directly, not to fs then ...
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Backup Exec 2010 throwing error trying to restore Exchange mailbox

Error category : Resource ErrorsError : e000848c - Unable to attach to a resource. Make sure that all selected resources exist and are online, and then try again. If the server or ...
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Recommended Tape Library Backup software [closed]

I recently "inherited" a Tape Library (Powevault 136T / Scalar 100). and I was asking for some advise on the backup software to manage the Library. My goal is to be able to manage backups of all my ...
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Enterprise Tape Backup solutions

I'm currently attempting to re-architect a backup solution where I'm working. We've got 2 NAS devices, one in the office, one in the datacentre. The servers in the DC back up to the DC NAS, which ...
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Tape Storage - How do I setup a tape backup system for use with my NAS

I currently have a QNAP NAS with a raid 5 config (~600gb storage) but don't have a reliable backup solution. I've heard great things about tape backup systems (reliability, durability, etc..). How ...
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HP Storageworks 448 tape drive input/output error with Ubuntu

I'm trying to set a backup to tape of a machine using flexbackup. However any attempt to write to the tape drive (via either flexbackup or just tar) results in "/dev/st0: Input/output error" The ...
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StorageTek SL500 Serial Number from Netbackup

I have a Sun StorageTek SL500 tape library that I need to put in a service call, but don't have the serial number handy. Does anyone know if it is possible to get the serial number for the library ...
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What is “deduplication”?

I mean, I can look up the dictionary definition, but why is everyone suddenly talking about it in reference to virtual tape libraries? What's "new" here so that it's so much in the news lately?
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Inexpensive degaussers or HDD shredders?

Apologies, I'll simplify my question: Are there any degaussers or HDD shredders out there in the $500-1500 range designed for use as such that you would recommend for low-volume use?
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How best to backup 6x Win2k3 Servers

We have a external HP LTO3 tape drive. It needs to backup 6 Windows 2003 machines every night. Servers are HP DL380 G3 and the tape drive is attached locally to one of them via SCSI. On a budget of ...
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HP DAT72x6 autoloader

Hoping someone here has seen this similar issue and can offer soem advise... I have an HP DAT72x6 auto loader tape backup unit. The external kind, here is a link to an owner's manual I found of it. ...
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Compatibility of ESX 4 and LTO 3 with LSI2032 Dell Power Edge

does anybody know something about the compatibility of an LTO 3 Tapedrive (PV HH LTO 3 400GB) attached to an LSI2032 SCSI-Controller? These devices are added to an Dell PowerEdge T610 Server which is ...
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NDMP to VTL on a second SAN (with copy to physical)

I've got a Sun Storage 7000 that I'd like to backup/restore via the built-in NDMP service, since we've got an secondary SAN attached which is available via two 10GbE links to the primary storage I'd ...
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Bulk-erasing backup tapes

I have about 120 DLTape-VS1 tapes and 2 drives that are all near the end of their retention period, and have been superseded by newer technology. I would like to donate the whole package to my local ...
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Netbackup refuses to use tapes in library

Sometime over the Thanksgiving holiday, my Netbackup installation decided that it no longer liked the tapes in my library. It had worked fine a week ago with no changes that I can think of, besides ...
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If LTO-3 full backup takes more than one tape. What is my next step hardware wise?

OK. some givens to factor in I use Backup Exec 12.x/13.x, Have server 2003/2008 environment including Exchange. I have Backup to Disk (Full/Diff) happening that is independent of the backup to LTO ...
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Why are tape compression capacities always double that of the native?

Why are tape compression capacities always double that of the native?
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Is it possible to open Tar tape on Windows machine?

HP DAT DDS5 external USB tape drive connected to a CentOS 5 server. Some files are being backed-up directly to the tape using the Tar utility/command. If I connect the tape drive to a Windows ...
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How do you physically transport your backup media?

I currently back up to LTO-3 tapes, and I'm about to cross the threshold where a full backup will not fit on a single tape any more; the weekly and monthly backups will span two tapes. Well, I ...
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VMWare ESX/i 4 SCSI Tape?

Has anyone successfully used SCSI mapping to present a SCSI tape drive to a VM for backup purposes? My servers do not support VMDirectIO (VT-d), so I can't present the PCI device to the VM, and my ...
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Encrypt backups with GPG to multiple tapes

Currently, I use tar to write my backups (ntbackup files) to a tape drive fed by an autoloader. Ex: tar -F /root/advancetape -cvf /dev/st0 *.bkf (/root/advancetape just has the logic to advance to ...
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Choosing the right backup solution - SCSI vs SATA tape drives

I'm backing up about 100gb worth of data on backup exec and after much deliberation, have decided that tapes are worth another shot (after my ultrium decided to die and munch tapes). Bearing in mind ...
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Looking for a new backup solution to replace dying tape drive

We're running Windows Server 2003 SBS and another machine with Server 2003 Standard on it. The SBS server is about 7 years old running pretty much 24/7 - a HP server of some description. We have an ...
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What tape drive reads Verbatim DC6250?

We've got some old (very) data on Verbatim DC6250 tapes that needs to be read and no hardware to do it with. What drive(s) will read these tapes?
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NetBackup prefers “Scratch” tapes over dedicated tapes

I have a NetBackup 6.0MP7 installation running on Windows Server 2003. It functions as the only Master Server and Media Server. I swap a full set of tapes in and out every week, but leave a set of ...
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Tape encryption management & best practices

I want to enable encryption on all of my backup tapes. I more-or-less know how to do this technically, but the procedural and human elements of implementing this are tricky. I use HP LTO4 drives ...
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Recommendations for backup (tape vs. HDD)

We're a relatively small organization (25 users, 9 servers, everything Windows-based) and we've been using tape backup since the beginning; currently we're using Backup Exec to perform the backup. ...
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How to repair a Veritas tape that has been overwritten a bit?

I meant to restore some files, but I forgot that there was a monday backup job just waiting for tape loading. So veritas 10d started to write over my tape and that valuable data is now gone. The ...
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Adic Scalar 100 (Dell Powervault 136T) drive firmware downgrade problem

I've got an Adic Scalar 100 (also commonly rebranded by dell as powervault 136T). recently one drive failed and we put in a spare LTO2 drive into the changer. Unfortunately, the drive has slightly ...
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Problems partitioning an AIT-4 Tape

Drive: SONY AIT-4 drive SDX-900V series Ver.2.1 Media: AIT-4 (SDX4-200C) I am using SCSI commands to try and create 2 partitions on a tape (done the same thing before on VXA & DDS drives). The ...
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Backup Exec 11D and Thecus N5200 Pro

I have a Thecus N5200 Pro integrated into my Windows 2003 AD network. My current backup solution involves Backup Exec 11D but this requires a running service for windows boxes or a similar daemon for ...
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Directly reading a LTO tape drive

On our server (M$ 2003) is it possible to directly read our LTO 4 tape drive and copy the entire ntbackup created bkf file on it to an external hard disk? (Is the tape backup even stored on a tape as ...
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To Delete a tape from the ACSLSlibrary

Hi Anyone there can help me out for an issue as below: There was a stuck tape in the drive and so the stuck tape was removed, but i need to logically delete the tape entry from NB, so that the same ...
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Removing Stuck Tapes from a Tape Drive / Library

So when a tape gets physically stuck (LTO-3), does anyone have any recommendations for getting it out if you can get to it from the bay? Right now, I have been using a screw driver and sticking it ...
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How many hours of use before I need to clean a tape drive?

I do backups to a HP Ultrium 2 tape drive (HP StorageWorks Ultrium 448). The drive has a 'Clean' LED that supposedly will light up or blink when the drive needs to be cleaned. The drive has been in ...