Ntbackup in W2K Server

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doctorpc

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problem: an HP/Colorado tape drive with associated software that ran fine under NT4 Server no longer works properly under W2K Server; specifically no matter how we try to automatically schedule a backup event with Ntbackup the system returns the error that "no unused media was found"; we can successfully backup manually.
There it is - any help and/or suggestions (short of switching to Novell) will be appreciated.
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You did not state what model the Colorado was using or which version of the software. There might be an update from HP on their website.
 

doctorpc

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actually i think we've figured it out
the problem is that the tapes were formatted (ie initialized and labeled/tagged) with software other than W2K's own internal backup
it's not possible to reformat them because that option is not available for travan drives
we'll be trying some brand new media shortly and believe that our problems will go away
 
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You should be able to "free" the tapes and add them to your media pool. I'm battling a similiar problem: Travan tape drive, was using HP Backup Software before when drive was on a 2000 Pro machine (doesn't run on 2000 Server), now using Wins NTBackup.

Open up Computer Management, Removable Storage, Physical Locations, then choose your Tape Drive. You should see the tape that is loaded and should be able to "free" it and relabel it.

There are a bunch of articles in the MS Knowledge base about backup. It's amazing how incredibly complicated they can make what should be a simple program.
 
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