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How to Inventory the Tape Library

Updated: April 21, 2010

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

The purpose of an inventory operation is to identify new tapes and recognize tapes DPM has seen before.

A fast inventory involves reading the bar code of each tape in the library. DPM can perform a fast inventory for tapes that have bar codes in a tape library that has a bar code reader.

A detailed inventory involves reading the header area of a tape in the library to identify the on-media identifier (OMID) on each tape. DPM must perform a detailed inventory when a tape does not have a bar code or the tape library does not have a bar code reader.

A fast inventory will detect any tape (with or without a bar code) in any library. However, to uniquely identify the media, perform a detailed inventory.

To inventory tapes in a library

  1. In DPM Administrator Console, click Management on the navigation bar.

  2. On the Libraries tab, select a library.

  3. In the Actions pane, click Inventory.

  4. In the Inventory dialog box, select Fast inventory or Detailed inventory, and then click Start.

To inventory tapes in a library using DPM Management Shell

  • Use the following syntax to retrieve the library:

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

  • Use the following syntax to perform a fast inventory:

    Start-DPMLibraryInventory [-DPMLibrary] <Library> [-FastInventory] [-JobStateChangedEventHandler <JobStateChangedEventHandler> ] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

  • Use the following syntax to perform a detailed inventory:

    Start-DPMLibraryInventory [-DPMLibrary] <Library> -DetailedInventory [-Tape <Media[]> ] [-JobStateChangedEventHandler <JobStateChangedEventHandler> ] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

    For more information, type "Get-Help Start-DPMLibraryInventory -detailed" in DPM Management Shell.

    For technical information, type "Get-Help Start-DPMLibraryInventory -full" in DPM Management Shell.

See Also

Concepts

Managing Tapes

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