Export Media - Advanced

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Exporting Media Using the Export Media Wizard

Use the Export Media Wizard to export one or more media from a library. Use this wizard when you know the location of the media.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Storage Resources | Libraries.
  2. Right-click the appropriate tape library, and then click Export Media.
  3. On the Export Media page, choose how you want to export media:
    •  Click Yes, to use Vault Tracker to manage media that are removed from a library and stored in offsite locations.

      For more information, see Vault Tracker.

    • Click No, to export media without using Vault Tracker.
  4. On the Select the media you want to export page, select the appropriate media to be exported.
  5. Select the New Export Location check box and select a location from the list to set as an export location for the media and click Finish.

    Depending on the library, when you export multiple media, you must open the mail slot and remove each media individually as it is delivered. You must do this even if the mail slot can hold multiple media. If you fail to remove media within the export timeout period, the operation stops and a message is logged in the Event Log to report the failure.

Exporting Specific Media

You can export specific media when you know its location in a library.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Storage Resources | Libraries.
  2. Right-click the appropriate tape library and select your media from one of the following pools:
    • Media by location | Media in Library (discovered and undiscovered media) pool
    • Media by Groups | Scratch pools
    • Media by Groups | Cleaning Media pool
    • Media by Groups | Retired Media pool
    • Media by Groups | Assigned Media pool
    • Media List dialog box (From Policies | Storage Policies. Right-click the appropriate storage policy copy, point to View and click Media.)
    • Media Used By Job ID dialog box( From the Data Protections Job History, Backup Job History, or Data Migration History. Right-click the job and click View Media)
  3. Right-click the appropriate media, point to All Task and then click Export.
  4. In the Export Media dialog box, select the New Outside Storage Location check box, select a location from the list and click OK.

    The MediaAgent cannot manage the media after it leaves the library configuration. You can view location details to track your exported media.

  5. At the Export Media prompt, choose how you want to move the media:
    • If you are exporting through a mail slot, click OK, wait for the media to be moved to the mail slot, and then remove them from the library.
    • If you are removing media directly, click OK, open the library door, remove the media that you want to export, and then close the door.

Setting Media Location

You must pre-define the location to store one or more exported media.

  1. From the CommCell Console, expand Storage Resources | Libraries | Appropriate Tape Library | Media By Location.
  2. Right-click the Exported Media pool, and then click Set Location.
  3. In the Set Export Location dialog box, select a specific or multiple media for which you want to set the export location from the Select Media for which you want to set the location table.
  4. Select the New Export Location check box and choose the location where you want to export the media:
    • Select a location from the list to set as an export location for the media.
    • Set a container for the media, select the Container check box, and select a container from the list.
  5. Click OK.

Excluding Media from Being Exported

You can flag one or multiple media and prevent media from being exported. The media can be prevented from being exported for a specified time or indefinitely as per your specific requirements.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Storage Resources | Libraries | Appropriate Tape Library | Media By Location | Media In Library.
  2. Right-click the media, point to Options and then click Prevent Export.
  3. In the Confirm prompt, click Yes.
  4. On the Prevent Export dialog box, choose whether you want to prevent the export of the specific media indefinitely or restrict the export for a specific period:
    • Select the Infinite option to prevent the media from being exported for an infinite period of time.
    • Select the Select a Date option to prevent media from being exported for specified number of days.
  5. Click OK.

Marking Media As Exported

When you replace a MediaAgent or a library, you can logically mark all the media in a library or in all the libraries in the storage resources as exported. You must mark the media as exported before changing the data paths for all the storage policy copies that access the MediaAgent or library. After changing the data paths, the media can be associated with the library.
  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Storage Resources.
  2. Right-click Libraries, and then click Mark Media Exported.
  3. In the Confirm prompt, click Yes
  4. Select the New Export Location check box, select a location from the list for the media, and click OK.

Related Topics

Change Data Path

Exported Media Movement

You can move exported media from the exported media pool to either a compatible library or to a shelf.

Move the exported media to a library if you want to restore the backed up data when the source library is unavailable or when the source library is in a physically different location.

However, move the exported media to a shelf (media repository)  to track and manage the media that you want to store in an outside storage location.

Moving Exported Media to a Library

You can move the exported media to a compatible library. By moving the media to a compatible library, you can restore the data if the source library is not available or if the source library is in a different location

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Storage Resources > Libraries > Tape Library > Media By Location > Exported Media.
  2. Right-click the appropriate exported media, click Options > Move to Library.
  3. From the Please select a Destination Library list, select the appropriate library and click OK.

    A warning message is displayed, confirming if you want to move the selected media to the library.

  4. Click Yes to move the selected media to the library.

Related Tasks

Moving Exported Media to a Shelf

Moving Exported Media to a Shelf

You can move the exported media to a shelf, which is configured in a media repository. By moving exported media to a shelf, you can track and manage media that you want to store in an outside storage locations.

Before you begin

To move exported media to a shelf, ensure that a shelf is configured in a media repository, as described in Manage the Media Repository.

  1. On the ribbon in the CommCell Console, click the Storage tab, and then click Media Management.
  2. On the Vault Tracker Configuration tab, for the Include Media Repository shelves in destination library list when moving exported media parameter, type 1, and click OK.
  3. From the CommCell Browser, expand to Storage Resources | Libraries | Tape Library | Media By Location | Exported Media.
  4. Right-click the appropriate exported media, point to Options, and then click Move to Library.

    You can select multiple media simultaneously.

  5. In the Please select a Destination Library list, select the appropriate shelf and click OK.

    A warning message is displayed, confirming if you want to move the selected media to the shelf.

  6. Click Yes to move the selected media to the shelf.

Related Tasks

Moving Exported Media to a Library

Moving Exported Media from a Shelf to a Library

You can move exported media from a media repository shelf to a library. You can track and manage media that you want to store in an outside storage location when the media is in the shelf. However, you can restore the data from the media only after moving the exported media from a shelf to a library.

Before you begin

To move exported media from a shelf to a library, ensure that the shelf is configured in a media repository, as described in Manage the Media Repository.

Also, ensure that the exported media is available in the shelf. For more information on moving exported media from a library to a shelf, see Moving Exported Media to a Shelf.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand to Storage Resources | Vault Tracker | Media Repository | Appropriate Media Repository.
  2. Right-click the appropriate media from one of the following pools and click Move to Library.
    • Default Scratch
    • Cleaning Media
    • Retired Media
    • Overwrite Protect Media
    • Foreign Media
    • Assigned Media
  3. From the Please select a Destination Library list, select the appropriate library and click OK.

    A warning message is displayed, confirming whether you want to move the selected media to the library.

  4. Click Yes to move the selected media to the library.