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Library Properties - Configuration

Table of Contents

Change the Default Scratch Pool

Required Permission: See Permissions and Permitted Actions

To change the default scratch pool:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to change the default scratch pool, and then click Properties.
  2. Select the name of the scratch pool that you wish to designate as the default scratch pool from the Default Scratch Pool list.
  3. Click OK to save the changes.

Modify the Mount and Unmount Timeout Periods

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To modify the mount and unmount timeout periods:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to change mount and unmount timeout periods, and then click Properties.
  2. In the Mount and Unmount box, type or select the timeout periods.
  3. Click OK to save the changes.

Hiding Libraries

You can hide libraries and prevent it from being displayed in the CommCell Console. When hidden the library will not be displayed under the Storage Resources node. In addition, the library will not be available for selection during other operations such as storage policy creation, data path selection, etc. This option is useful for hiding libraries that are waiting for data to be aged-off after being disabled for write. (The library can be deleted once all the data is aged. You can determine if a library contains valid data by running the Storage Information Report.)

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Storage Resources | Libraries.
  2. Right-click the appropriate library, and then select the Hide Library check box.

    The library will be hidden in the CommCell Browser.

Viewing Hidden Libraries

  1. From the ribbon in the CommCell Console, click the Storage tab, and then click Media Management.
  2. Click the Service Configuration tab.
  3. Navigate to the Show hidden libraries option and set the value to 1.

    Tip: Press F5 to refresh the CommCell Browser if the library continues to be visible.

    The hidden libraries will be visible in the CommCell Browser.

Enable or Disable the Library

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To enable or disable a library:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library you wish to enable or disable, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Status tab.
  3. In the Status area, click Enable Library.
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

View the Library Offline Reason

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To view the offline reason for a library:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to view the offline reason, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Status tab.
  3. Information on the library offline reason is displayed in the Offline Reason box.

Mark MediaAgent/Library/Drive Offline for Maintenance

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the appropriate MediaAgent/Library/ Drive, and then click Properties.
  2. Select one or more of the following options as appropriate:
    • To mark a MediaAgent offline for maintenance: Click the Control tab and then click and enable the Mark MediaAgent Offline for Maintenance option.
    • To mark a library offline for maintenance: Click the Status tab and then click and enable the Mark Library Offline for Maintenance option.
    • To mark a drive offline for maintenance: Click the Status tab and then click and enable the Mark Drive Offline for Maintenance option.
  3. Click OK.

    Subsequent data protection, data recovery and auxiliary copy operations will not use the associated MediaAgent/Library/Drive.

View the Storage Policies Accessing a Library

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To view the storage policies accessing a library:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to view the storage policies, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Associations tab.

    All the storage policies and storage policy copies accessing the library are displayed.

Change the Active Library Controller

Use the following procedure to manually switch the active library controller in a library configured with library controllers, in the SAN environment.

Before You Begin

  • Do not switch the active library controller if jobs are in progress for that MediaAgent

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To change the active library controller:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to change the active library controller, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Library Controller tab.
  3. Click Change.
  4. In the Change Active Library Controller dialog box, choose the library controller that you wish to designate as the active library controller from the Failover Controllers list.

    In order to manually change a failover library controller candidate as the active library controller, the failover library controller candidate must be Alive and Enabled.

  5. Click OK in both the Change Active Library Controller dialog box and in the Library Properties dialog box.

    The selected failover library controller is switched as the active library controller.

View the Status of the Library Controller

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To view the status of the library controller:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to view the library controller status, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Library Controller tab.

    The status of the library controller can be viewed in the Library Properties (Library Controller) dialog box. Note the following:

    The Active Library Controller is the MediaAgent with the Active, Alive and Enabled status as YES, and the Soft State as ON. (You can view the status of the library controllers by clicking the Detail button on the Active Library Controller or Failover Library Controller panes.)
    • In a library configured in the SAN environment, where several MediaAgents are configured as library controllers, at any given point, the MediaAgent accessing the library is considered as Active and therefore displayed as the Active Library Controller. All the other MediaAgents are displayed as Failover Library Controllers. The Active status will be displayed as No for the failover library controllers.
    • In a library configured in the non-SAN environment, where only one MediaAgent is configured as a library controller, the MediaAgent is displayed as the Active Library Controller. If either the Alive or Enabled status is NO, or Soft State is OFF, the Active status will be displayed as OFF and the MediaAgent will be displayed as a Failover Library Controller.

Mark Media As Appendable

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To mark media as appendable:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to mark the media as appendable,  and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Media tab.
  3. Click Mark Media Appendable.
  4. In the Use Appendable Media within n Day (s) of its last write time, type the number of days that the media can be used after it was marked as appendable.
  5. Click OK to save the changes.

Reuse Media Marked as Appendable

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the appropriate library, and then click Properties.

    The Library Properties dialog box appears.

  2. Click the Media tab.
  3. Click Use Appendable media within n day(s) of its last write time check box.
  4. Enter the number of days that the media can be used after it was marked as appendable.
  5. Click OK.

Start New Media for Data Protection Operations When Media is Exported

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To start new media for data protection operations, when the required media is exported:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to start new media for data protection operations, when the required media is exported, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Media tab.
  3. From the Start New Media region, click When required media is exported.
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Start New Media for Data Protection Operations When Media is Stuck

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To start new media for data protection operations, when the required media is stuck:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to start new media for data protection operations, when the required media is stuck, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Media tab.
  3. From the Start New Media region, click When required media is stuck.
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Set Up Virtual Mail Slots in the Library

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to setup the virtual slots, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Media tab.
  3. Click the Virtual mail slot for export option.
  4. Enter the starting slot number that must be used for storing media in the virtual mail slot in the Starts From box.
  5. Specify whether the direction that must be used from the starting slot number. (The options are UP and Down.)
  6. Click OK to save the information.

To use the virtual mail slot, the Vault Tracker job must have the Use Virtual Mail Slot option enabled. You can enable this option in one of the following dialog boxes:

  • Selecting the Use Virtual Mail Slots for export in source libraries option in the Tracking Policy from the Tracking Policy Details (Criteria) dialog box.
  • Selecting the Use Virtual Mail Slots option for a backup job, from the Advanced Backup Options dialog box.
  • The MediaAgent does not support the creation of virtual mail slots for blind libraries and libraries attached to an ACSLS server.

Enable Media Related Pop-Ups in the CommCell Console

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the appropriate library, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Media tab.
  3. Click Show Media related pop-up messages on CommCell Console.
  4. Click OK.

For more information, see Pop-up Messages in Stand-Alone Drives.

Enable Automatic Use of Spare Media from Different Scratch Pools

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the appropriate library, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Media tab.
  3. Select Automatically use spare media from different scratch pool if found in drive.
  4. Click OK.

Enable or Disable Unloading of Media from a Stand-Alone Drive When Different Media Are Required

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To enable (or disable) unloading of media from a stand-alone drive when different media is required:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to enable or disable this option then click Properties.
  2. Click the Media tab.
  3. Select the Unload media in standalone drive when different media is required to enable the option, or clear the option to disable it.
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Reset Container and Export Media Location for Media in the Library

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To reset container and export media location for media in the library:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library you wish to reset the container and/or export media location, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Media tab.
  3. In the When Assigned Media Re-Appears in Library area, select the Reset container and/or Reset export location options to enable them:
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Modify the Barcode and Location for Media Associated with a Stand-Alone Drive

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To modify the barcode and location for a media associated with a stand-alone drive

  1. From the CommCell Browser, click on Exported Media or Assigned Media group associated with a stand-alone drive in which the media is available. All the media existing in the stand-alone drive are displayed on the right-pane of the CommCell browser
  2. Right-click the media for which you want to modify the properties, and then click Properties.
  3. In the Barcode/ Identifier box, type a new barcode/identifier for the media.
  4. In the Location box, type the location in which the media is stored.
  5. Click OK to save the changes.

Overwrite Media with Old Data, When Spare or Appendable Media is Unavailable

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To overwrite media with old data, when Spare or Appendable media is unavailable in the library:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library in which you wish to enable this option,  and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Media Usage tab.
  3. Click Overwrite Media if Media Last Written to in.
  4. Type the number of days/hours after which the media can be reused.
  5. Click OK to save the changes.

Enable or Disable Automatic Media Discovery

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the appropriate library, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Media Usage tab.
  3. In the Auto-Discovery of Media area, select the Enable Auto-Discovery of Media into default scratch pool check box. (Clear this check box to disable this option.)
  4. Select the default media type available in the library from the Default Media Type list.

    The media that are available in a library must be compatible with the drives that are attached to the library.

  5. Click OK.

    When you subsequently import media, the imported media is automatically moved to the default scratch pool.

Enable or Disable Stuck Media Recovery

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To enable or disable stuck media recovery:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to enable or disable stuck media recovery, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Media Usage tab.
  3. From the Stuck in Drive region, choose the necessary options. (Clear the appropriate check boxes to disable this option.)
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Modify the Unmount Time for Inactive Media in the Drive

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To modify the unmount time for inactive media in the drive:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to modify the unmount time for inactive media in the drive, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Media Usage tab.
  3. From the Unmount Media from the drive after (n) Minutes/Hours of inactivity box, type the unmount time that you wish to establish and then choose minutes or hours.
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Reuse Media with Failed Content Verification

You can overwrite media in situations where the MediaAgent fails to read a media. For example, incompatible data formats, and so on.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the appropriate library, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Media Usage tab.
  3. In the Overwrite Media area, select When Content Verification Failed.
  4. Click OK.

Enable or Disable Usage of Media from Other CommCells

Use the following procedure to overwrite media from other CommCells.

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To enable or disable the usage of media from other CommCells:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to enable usage from other CommCells, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Media Usage tab.
  3. From the Overwrite Media region, click When it is from different CommCell to enable this option. (Clear this check box to disable this option.)
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Enable or Disable the Verification of Drive Access Path and Serial Number

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To enable or disable the verification of Drive Access Path and Serial Number:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to enable or disable this option, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Drive tab.
  3. From the Attributes region, choose the Verify access path using Serial Number for Drive to enable this option. (Clear this check box to disable this option.)
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Enable or Disable the Checking for Cleaning Media Loaded in the Drive

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the appropriate library, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Drive tab.
  3. From the Attributes region, choose Check for cleaning media loaded in Drive to enable this option. (Clear this check box to disable this option.)
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Enable or Disable the Logging of Tape Alerts

Required Permissions: Permissions and Permitted Actions

To enable or disable the logging of tape alerts:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to enable or disable this option, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Drive tab.
  3. From the Attributes region, choose Check for Tape Alerts to enable this option. (Clear this check box to disable this option.)
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Automatically Detect Replaced Drives

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to enable the option to automatically detect replaced drives, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Drive tab.
  3. From the Attributes region, choose Enable Auto Drive Replacement when new device is detected during Mount to enable this option. (Clear this check box to disable this option.)
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

NOTES

Specify the CAP ID for Importing and Exporting Media

Use the following procedure to specify the CAP ID associated with the mail slot that will be used for importing and exporting media from the specific MediaAgent.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to change the CAP selection, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the CAP Selection tab.
  3. Select the CAP ID that must be used for importing and exporting media.
  4. Click OK.