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The tape saga - Ed's journal
sobrique
sobrique
The tape saga
This morning, I am greeted with this:

Inject Free Media	atl_p7000_0			D_U04OS_LTO	Backup
Inject Free Media	atl_p7000_0			D_fs010_LTO	Backup
Inject Free Media	atl_p7000_0			D_BV01_LTO	Backup
Inject Free Media	atl_p7000_0			D_fs005_LTO	Backup
Inject Free Media	atl_p7000_0			D_fs011_LTO	Backup	
Inject Free Media	atl_p7000_0			D_fs010_LTO	Backup



It means, that my backup processing has stopped, pending me giving it new tapes.
Which was how it was yesterday, and I have managed to squeeze a little further.

What this means, more or less, is no more backups until I get new tapes.
Which by best estimate is Friday/Monday. Friday is tolerable. Just. It means my backups are screwed (again) this evening, but the weekend monthly backups will work. Monday isn't. 5 days without a backup on one server is a problem, on an entire site it's a nightmare.

My only silver lining is _this_ one I couldn't have avoided.

The irony is, somewhere like eBuyer would have some for me next day.
And now I may have to go for a drive to buy some tapes, because I've been stalled for nearly two weeks.
I think as soon as I get this lot, I'll put in an order for another 50.
Then I might have a chance of getting it before I actually _need_ them.
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sobrique From: sobrique Date: October 6th, 2005 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)
6 months on monthly (rolling weekends)
4 weeks on daily for data
2 weeks on daily for OS.
And the odd few others by special requirements.
crashbarrier From: crashbarrier Date: October 6th, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Make sure you charge em travel and subsistance for your trouble....
zaitan From: zaitan Date: October 6th, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have just two spare tapes for our email server. The drive failed a while ago and we are not trusing the tapes that reported errors several times, even though it was the drive that wwas faulty. We also have had to archive the two tapes that were in use just before the July bombings.

We have 2 tapes/week on a four week cycle for OS and data. Daily incrementals followed by one full changed on Mondays and Fridays. Should really be done every day, but we do not have the tapes and cannot be bothered to change them every day.
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