Remotely checking if a tape is inserted

Remotely checking if a tape is inserted

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Posted by Paul Morgan on July 06, 2000 at 20:24:02:

The network I administer consists of multiple servers (with associated tape drives) and we rely on on-site staff to change the tapes of these drives on a daily basis.

Unfortunately some of these people are not so reliable and we are running into problems with backups failing because tapes have not been replaced.

I am trying to identify a suitable method for checking whether a tape inserted in a drive (DLT, DAT, SLR) but conducting this check from a central administration point.

I currently use PC Anywhere or VNC to remotely connect to the systems, run the backup app and check this way - but this is becoming too time consuming and I am looking to automate.

We run ARCserve on our NT Server products and Cheyenne Backup for Windows 95 on our Windows 95 "servers". All drives are SCSI based.

Does anyone know of any "tricks" that I could implement to check whether a tape is inserted in the drive that could be used as part of batch files or whatever to automate this.


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