I bought a 2d hand Dell 132-T LTO3 robotic library for the express purpose of archiving my tremendous collection of data. I was/am a field systems engineer for several companies covering Desk, Laptop and server systems for about 1300 different pieces of hardware and one aspect of my job involved getting and keeping a copy of every OS, App, Driver and Utility of the many different hardware and systems. I started in 1986 with Novell, Apple, Windows 3.1 and various flavors of Unix, CP/M, MP/M and a Myriad of software and tools used for fault diagnosis, troubleshooting and repair on the many US military systems I contracted service and maintenance for. Since then, I have accumulated around 200 5.25 360/720 and 1.2Mb Floppies, 500 750 and 1.44Mb 1.44 floppies, 200 WANGDat, DAT1,2,3 and 4, QIC, TraVan, Mammoth M2 and DLT70 tapes and about 25-30 HDD sizing from 20Mb(!) to 500Gb.
The majority of the stuff from way-back-then is likely junk... but I consider it all priceless ;-)
The data from the 5.25 and 3.5 floppies was imaged to several hundred bootable, self extracting, stand-alone file(s) using a product called DDC and I built a mini SCSI tower for reading all my WANGDat, Dat4 QIC, TraVan, Mammoth and DLT tapes. I started with a 13-tape 2-drive DLT unit, progressed to a 24-tape 4-drive DLT unit, bought a 32tape 4-drive DLT unit and then I simply ran out of space... so I bought the 132T 19Tb unit thinking I could surely archive everything on it - and add tapes as needed until I did.
Well,Using NetBackup 5.1, I managed to fill up 3/4 of that drives mix of 16 LTO2 and 7 LTO3 tapes and then my picker burned up. Thats the gizmo that runs along a track, grabs the tapes and takes 'em to the reader, drive or mail-slot. I was dead in the water. Well; it took 3 months, but I finally was able to buy a 132T-shell from an outfit in Tx, pull the picker off it, and get mine 132T working again.
Trouble is, I moved the whole sheband 2x during that time (home renovation) lost the catalog somehow along the way and now cannot restore anything to the new 2Tb drives I just installed in the server.
I followed all the suggestions found on the many forums and identified 2 faults with the barcoding that weren't there before. Tapes BC 00203 and 00211 were appearing as 0203L2 and 0211L2 and wouldn't inventory or import. The had also somehow migrated to the NBpool...
As they were assigned, I couldn't just move them so deassigned and then moved them to the correct pool (LTO2), then made 2 BC that reflected their Media ID and after 4-5hrs of fooling around I finally got them to inventory, updated the VM and now they show up in the Media List, but they still will not import.
The err I get is:
Error bptm(pid=452) ERR - Cannot add client black_beauty_2, policy 320Gb_Unknown and schedule Full to image database for import, error = a protocol error has occurred, skipping.
"Black_Beauty_2" is the NB master and Media Server
"320Gb_Unknown" is one of many external, temporary USB Drives I copied over to tape - the policy still exists but is deactivated (one time shot)
I was saving a copy of the Catalog on the D: drive under 'BP_Backup' and it is still there - or at least some files are but any attempt to access or read it results in errors that no importable records were found in the specified location.
What am I doing wrong? What am I missing? All the other 22 tapes import flawlessly (although I still cannot restore anything)
After I import all those tapes, and despite the errs on those 2 'L2' tapes during that process, what do I do next?
FYI: I am using NB 5.1 on a 2k3 Standard OS Server Install
Thanks in advance ;-)
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