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How to Enable and Disable a Drive

Updated: November 1, 2008

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2007

You can temporarily disable a drive in tape library or stand-alone tape drive in DPM to perform maintenance or repairs. When you are ready to return the drive to operation, you must enable it.

To enable a drive

  1. In DPM Administrator Console, click Management on the navigation bar, and then click the Libraries tab.

  2. In the display pane, expand the tape library or stand-alone tape drive, and click the drive that is disabled.

  3. In the Actions pane, click Enable drive.

To enable a drive using DPM Management Shell

  • Use the following syntax to retrieve the drive:

    Get-TapeDrive [-DPMLibrary] <Library[]> [-Verbose] [-Debug][-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ][-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

  • Use the following syntax to enable the drive:

    Enable-TapeDrive [-TapeDrive] <Drive[]> [-PassThru] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

    For more information, type "Get-Help Enable-TapeDrive -detailed" in DPM Management Shell.

    For technical information, type "Get-Help Enable-TapeDrive -full" in DPM Management Shell.

To disable a drive

  1. In DPM Administrator Console, click Management on the navigation bar, and then click the Libraries tab.

  2. In the display pane, expand the tape library or stand-alone tape drive, and click the drive to be disabled.

  3. In the Actions pane, click Disable drive.

To disable a drive using DPM Management Shell

  • Use the following syntax to retrieve the drive:

    Get-TapeDrive [-DPMLibrary] <Library[]> [-Verbose] [-Debug][-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ][-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

  • Use the following syntax to disable the drive:

    Disable-TapeDrive [-TapeDrive] <Drive[]> [-PassThru] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ] [-WhatIf] [-Confirm]

    For more information, type "Get-Help Disable-TapeDrive -detailed" in DPM Management Shell.

    For technical information, type "Get-Help Disable-TapeDrive -full" in DPM Management Shell.

See Also

Concepts

Managing Tapes

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