Thanks for the tips. Does this mean that the method of "naming" the 
tapes ahead of time will NOT work? Does Retro look for an erased tape 
or an untitled tape?

>Hi Noah,
>
>Retrospect will label erased tapes as it sees fit. If a tape is erased,
>Retrospect ignores the tape's name. Retrospect will only look for a tape by
>name once that tape has already been written to.
>
>Your specific experience will differ if you are running a regular backup
>script or a Backup Server script. Regular, scripted operations will ask for
>tapes based on the specific scheduled operations you have set.
>
>A Backup Server script, when instructed to use multiple backup sets, will
>dynamically prioritize the media based on its own assessment of the
>available backup sets. In an autoloader, when erased media is available,
>Backup Server will assign the tapes to more than one backup set and rotate
>between them automatically.
>
>It's generally best to label the media *after* Retrospect decides what to
>name each tape.
>
>We also have a Backup Server FAQ which will should make its functionality
>easier to understand.
>
>http://www.dantz.com/index.php3?SCREEN=bscommonq
>
>Best regards,
>
>Eric Ullman
>Dantz Development
>
>
>Noah Eiger <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>
>>  Hello:
>>
>>  I have an HP DD3 Autoloader. It loads six tapes at a time.
>>
>>  Within Retrospect, I defined three storage sets (call them Moe,
>>  Larry, and Curly). I rotate them each week. At the start, I took 18
>>  blank tapes and labled them Moe1, Moe2,..., Larry1, Larry2, etc.
>>
>>  After several weeks, I got a message that it could not find Larry-6.
>>  Yet, the tape that I labeled Larry6 was in the drive.
>>
>>  When I asked Retrospect what it thought was in each slot of the
>>  autoloader (Configure>Devices), it said:
>>
>>  Slot 1: Larry-3
>>  Slot 2: Larry-2
>>  Slot 3: Larry-1
>>  Slot 4: Moe-4
>>  Slot 5: Larry-5
>>  Slot 6: Moe-1
>>
>>  It should look like:
>>
>>  Slot 1: Larry-1
>>  Slot 2: Larry-2
>>  Slot 3: Larry-3
>>  Slot 4: Larry-4
>>  Slot 5: Larry-5
>>  Slot 6: Larry-6
>>
>>
>>  Remember, these were blank tapes at the beginning of the week.
>>
>>  Any ideas?
>
>
>
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