Media Recovery - Tape Media
In the event of a disaster, if the tape libraries are inaccessible, you can recover the data by importing the tapes to a new library in the standby location.
When you configure the new tape library, note the following:
- Make sure a library with a compatible drive type is used.
- The library can have internal storage or just be a standalone drive.
- If the number of drives are less, it may affect some restore jobs. (For example, SQL Agent restores)
To recover the tape media, perform the following tasks in the order listed:
- Export the tape media from the existing library.
- Identify the tapes that should be imported first to the new library.
If restoring a client is your priority, you can determine the media using List Media operation for a client.
If continued backup is you priority, you can use the Storage Policy report with Include Media option selected.
- Import the tapes to the new library in the standby location.
For instructions, see Import Media.
- By default, new tape libraries automatically discover the imported media. If automatic discovery is not enabled, discover the media manually.
For instructions, see Discover Media.
If using a standalone tape library, restore the data in one of the following ways:
- Initiate the restore using the new MediaAgent and standalone library.
The restore will prompt to load the tape.
- Verify the media after loading the tape and start the restore operation.
The restore will automatically use the MediaAgent/Standalone library path.
For instructions on verifying a tape, see Verify the Media.