Phil,

This is the only way to "initialize" tapes so that they are used for the
intended backup set. The other option is to have only one backup set in your
Backup Server script and rotate it out by editing it every week.

Please call if you'd like to discuss this further.

Matthew Tevenan
Technical Support Specialist
Dantz Development Corporation
925.253.3050 
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> Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 10:58:19 EDT
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> Subject: Best Way to Prepare a Tape for Backup Server
> 
> My question is about preparing a blank tape to be used by a backup server.
> Let's say you are setting up the server for the first time, and are using
> Backup Sets A and B.  If you put an erased tape in the drive, the backup
> server has no way of knowing whether it is from Backup Set A or B, so it
> doesn't start the backup.
> 
> What I do is manually backup a few files on the tape, thereby forcing it to
> be either Backup Set A or B.  While this works, I find that it isn't obvious
> to my clients.  I usually have to walk them through this process.  And I
> haven't found it documented in the manual, though I looked carefully enough
> to find that there is haiku on p. 18.  Is there another, more obvious way to
> accomplish tape initialization?
> 
> Phil Geller
> WorkingMacs
> 
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