Jobs are using too many tapes

    Backup jobs are using directly pointed towards tape unit.
1 year retention is set for all jobs...

However, backup exec picks up tapes even without the previous tapes get full. Is there anyway to restrict that jobs pick previously used tapes if it is not full yet.



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There are append settings as

There are append settings as well as overwrite protection settings. You probably have the append settins configure such that the tape is not full, but you can no longer append to it, so Backup Exec uses the next tape.Which begs the question - why 1 year retention for all jobs? Seems like a long time.


To fully utilise your tapes,

To fully utilise your tapes, you need to append to them. Edit your media set and set your AP to long enough for your purpose. Also your job must specify append. See this document