[Veritas-bu] ejecting multiple volumes to mail slot

2001-12-20 11:25:36
Subject: [Veritas-bu] ejecting multiple volumes to mail slot
From: scott.kendall AT abbott DOT com (scott.kendall AT abbott DOT com)
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 10:25:36 -0600
While a lot of people use tldtest to move tapes to the outport, another way is
to use vmchange -res -e.  I prefer this method.

Many have already respopnded to this and as you can see, there are already a
large number of scripts and methods out there.  I have also written a script
(actually a few that work together) for this.  I will post it soon once I add
a few more comments within the script.

Some of the reasons I wrote my own was that I wanted to eject a list of tapes
to more than one robot and allow them to run concurrently without one robot's
full CAP stopping others from continuing their ejects.  I also wanted an
e-mail sent to ops when an eject started or completed or when the CAP was
full.  Lastly, I wanted to be able to eject specific tapes passed to the
script or to eject a certain number of tapes from a robot without needing to
know what tapes they were.  To do this I use a modified version of the
available_media report (which is extremely more efficient) that also adds the
size in KB and the expiration date so tapes may be ejected based on what I
feel is the most logical order.

- Scott

                    Steve Mickeler                                              
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Re: [Veritas-bu] ejecting multiple volumes to mail slot      
                    12/17/2001 07:52 PM                                         

On Mon, 17 Dec 2001, Dave Brown wrote:

> I've been trying to determine if it is possible to eject more than one
> piece of media from it's slot to the inport/export slot through Veritas
> netbackup 3.2 at a time?
> For example, I normally eject about 90-100 cartridges a week, 14 at a
> time to the library door.  Currently, I identify the media and using the
> GUI, I move the media one item at a time to the door.  Is it possible to
> use a command line script to move fouteen pieces of media at a time just
> typing one command with the media ID numbers?

You can use robtest and move the tapes from their slots to the interactive

If this is under a unix flavour, you could write a little expect script
that automated it for you.

Im looking into this as an option because our offline vaulting is creating
20 - 25 tapes in a session and our door also only holds 14 tapes.

I'm trying to automate the process for a unix operator that will be
removing the tapes from the tape unit and giving them to the offsite
storage company.

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