[Veritas-bu] "Orphaned" scratch tapes

2009-10-12 09:07:41
Subject: [Veritas-bu] "Orphaned" scratch tapes
From: AT parker DOT com
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 09:03:13 -0400
We ran into a situation last week where we hit a tipping point that there 
would be more scratch tapes needed than were coming back from off site. 
Being the curious person that I am, I ran some commands to figure out what 
we had coming back, what were already in the library, and others that fell 
into neither category.  I verified the first two numbers with my operator 
on duty, and was thoroughly astonished by the third number, which ended up 
being over 900 tapes, some of which haven't been mounted since January 
2007.  I produced a list of these "orphaned" tapes for my operator, and he 
recalled them from offsite.  It turned out to be a good list.

My question is, has anybody experienced a problem with vaulting that tapes 
are not being recalled properly when they expire?  If so, how did you 
address it.  My "solution" is to produce an orphan list at a certain 
interval to recall these tapes, but I would like to get to the bottom of 
the issue and put it to rest.

Thank you!
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