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Title
When I perform a backup, an archive is being created on the hard drive instead of the tape drive.
Keywords
Large archive file being created on hard drive
Product Release(s)
01.00.0x 01.01.0x 01.02.0x
Problem Description

When I perform a backup, an archive is being created on the hard drive instead of the tape drive.

Cause
The device that you are writing to either does not exist or does not exist as a character device. BackupEDGE then creates an archive with the name of that device directly onto the hard drive.

Solution

For older versions of BackupEDGE (01.01.0x and earlier), use edge.cronset to check your settings for edge.config for root & cron, or check your script, depending on how you are using BackupEDGE. Determine the device name that you are writing to.

For newer versions of BackupEDGE (01.02.00 and later), check Edgemenu:Admin:Define Resources, and be sure that the device node (DNode) actually exists and is a block or character device.

Do a file command on the device in question. The file type should be 'character special'. If the file type is not 'character special', then the device is not a valid character device. Make sure the tape drive has been configured properly and is known to the kernel. Perhaps you are simply using the wrong device and need to specify a different device. If the tape drive is not configured properly, you will need to configure the tape drive. You may also have to recreate the device node for the tape drive if it is missing. Then make sure that you use the proper device for future backups.

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Last Updated - 2018/05/16

 

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