Backup.SkipTapeHeader Property


Gets or sets Boolean property that determines whether the tape header is read.

Namespace:   Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo
Assembly:  Microsoft.SqlServer.SmoExtended (in Microsoft.SqlServer.SmoExtended.dll)

public bool SkipTapeHeader { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean

A Boolean value that specifies whether the tape header is read.

If True, a media name recorded on the medium is not selected. The backup set is appended to the medium.

If False (default), a recorded media name is selected.

SMO implements backup media initialization using the Initializeproperty. When Initialize is True, SkipTapeHeader enables or disables logic that prevents overwrite of unexpired backup sets on a medium.


'Connect to the local, default instance of SQL Server.
Dim srv As Server
srv = New Server
'Reference the AdventureWorks2012 database.
Dim db As Database
db = srv.Databases("AdventureWorks2012")
Dim bk As New Backup
bk.Action = BackupActionType.Database
bk.Database = "AdventureWorks2012"
bk.SkipTapeHeader = true


$srv = new-Object Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Server("(local)")
$db = New-Object Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Database
$db = $srv.Databases.Item("AdventureWorks2012")
$bk = new-object Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Backup
$bk.Action = [Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.BackupActionType]::Database
$bk.Database = "AdventureWorks2012"
$bk.SkipTapeHeader = $TRUE
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