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How to Inventory Tapes

Updated: April 21, 2010

Applies To: 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

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

  2. Click the Libraries tab, and then 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.

    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.

See Also


Managing Tapes