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How to Copy a Tape

Updated: April 21, 2010

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

Use the following procedures in DPM to copy a tape. When you configure a protection group to use tape-based protection, you can specify how many copies of each tape that DPM should create. However, you can also copy the tapes manually.

WarningWarning
You cannot copy a tape if the data spans multiple tapes.

To copy a tape to disk

  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, select the tape that you want to copy, and then click View tape contents.

  3. In the tape contents dialog box, select the data to be copied, and then click Copy.

  4. In the Specify Alternate Recovery Destination dialog box, specify a destination on a computer that has the protection agent installed, and then click OK.

  5. Click Yes to proceed with the copy operation.

  6. Click OK to close the message.

  7. You can view the progress of the copy job in the Monitoring task area on the Jobs tab.

To copy a tape to another tape

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

  2. Select the data that you want to copy to tape, and then click Recover. The Recovery Wizard opens.

  3. On the Review Recovery Selection page, you can confirm which tape or tapes the data is on. Click Next to continue.

  4. On the Specify Recovery Type page, select the copy to tape option, and then click Next.

  5. On the Specify Library page, in Primary library, select a library to use for recovery.

    1. When the data is being copied from tape and the tape library has multiple tape drives, the library you select in Primary library reads from the source tape and copies the data to another tape.

    2. When the data is being copied from tape and the tape library has only a single tape drive, the library you select in Primary library reads from the source tape and the library you select in Copy library copies the data to tape.

  6. On the Specify Recovery Options page, you can specify e-mail addresses to receive notification upon completion of the recovery. Click Next to continue.

  7. On the Summary page, review the settings and then click Recover.

To copy a tape using DPM Management Shell

  • Use the following syntax to copy a tape:

    Copy-DPMTapeData [-RecoveryPoint] <RecoverySource> -SourceLibrary <Library> -TargetLibrary <Library> -TapeLabel <String> -TapeOption <TapeOptions> [-RecoveryPointLocation <RecoverySourceLocation> ] [-JobStateChangedEventHandler <JobStateChangedEventHandler> ] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

  • Use the following syntax to copy the recovery points from a tape:

    Copy-DPMTapeData [-RecoveryPoint] <RecoverySource> [-RecoveryPointLocation <RecoverySourceLocation> ] -Tape <Media> [-Restore] -OverwriteType <OverwriteType> [-RecreateReparsePoint] [-RestoreSecurity] -TargetServer <String> -TargetPath <String> [-RecoveryNotification <NotificationObject> ] [-JobStateChangedEventHandler <JobStateChangedEventHandler> ] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

  • Use the following syntax to copy headless data from a tape:

    Copy-DPMTapeData -IncompleteDataset <HeadlessDataset> -Tape <Media> [-Restore] -OverwriteType <OverwriteType> [-RecreateReparsePoint] [-RestoreSecurity] -TargetServer <String> -TargetPath <String> [-RecoveryNotification <NotificationObject> ] -DPMServerName <String> [-JobStateChangedEventHandler <JobStateChangedEventHandler> ] [-Verbose] [-Debug] [-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ] [-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

    For more information, type "Get-Help Copy-DPMTapeData -detailed" in DPM Management Shell.

    For technical information, type "Get-Help Copy-DPMTapeData -full" in DPM Management Shell.

See Also

Concepts

Managing Tapes

 
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