How to Inventory Tapes
Updated: November 1, 2013
Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Data Protection Manager, System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
The purpose of inventory 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 ID (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 detects any tape (with or without a bar code) in any library. However, to uniquely identify the media, perform a detailed inventory.
|If a cleaning tape does not have a bar code or the bar code does not start with "CLN" is added to the library, and you run a detailed inventory before you mark the tape as a cleaning tape and run a fast inventory, a cleaning job will start when DPM mounts this tape during the detailed inventory.|
To inventory tapes in a library
In DPM Administrator Console, go to the Management view.
Open the Libraries workspace, and then select a library.
In the Inventory dialog box, select Fast inventory or Detailed inventory, and then click Start.
If the tape does not have a bar code or the tape library does not have a bar code reader, the fast inventory option is disabled.
Other ResourcesManaging Tapes
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