This is the issue:
I want to duplicate an LTO tape to create a monthly backup tape and reuse the original tape to keep sequentially numbered tape for the library automation.
This is what I have:
A daily backup consists of a tape file written with 'tar' which documents the current version of the backup scripts and some more information (# hosts backed up, encryption key reference etc).
The only way I know to read from an LTO tape drive is with big, heavy tools like Backup Exec.
I am looking for a light weight or free tool that can read files from an LTO tape drive attached to a Windows server. Preferably the tool would let me inventory the backup sessions on a tape and choose one or more files to read from the tape to disk.
I am looking to setup a script to tar files to a tape drive. The size of the tar will be larger than a single tape, so tar prompts me for a second tape. Essentially, I need to build a script that will start writing the files to tape, eject the tape once it is full, then start writing once a new tape is is. If it is done via script, I do not know how to respond to the prompt about the second tape.
I've been googling all morning trying to work this out to no avail, so hoping someone more knowledgeable can help! I've inherited a server that's backing up to a tape drive (/dev/nst0) using tar, and I need to restore from tape. What i've done so far;