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Changing Retention levels on Tape

Serge_PARISET
Level 2

Hello, 

I changed the retention level of all the images present  on a tape from one year to 2 years, this changes the data expiration time on the tape but the Retention level is still the old retention level of one year. Does anybody know how to change this?

Regards.

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YAG55
Level 4

Hello,

bpexpdate -m MediaID -d date

Marianne
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Which options did you use? -recalculate -ret level or -d date?

mph999
Level 6
Employee Accredited

You cannot change the retention level once written.  You can only change the expire time.

The retention level is written in the backup header on the tape, hence it cannot be changed

 

Tousif
Level 6

Hello,

 

I don't think  you can change the retention level. May I know, why you are trying to change retention level?

 

Thanks & Regards,

Hello, 

So many replies, I need to check them more often! 

Yes I did use the "-recalculate -ret level" option.

This modified the expiration date of the images and the expiration date of the media, but not the corresponding Ret Level, which stayed at the value corresponding the old retention.

Hello, 

Thanks for this answer, that is what I noticed. I finished by duplicating these tapes and expiring the original ones.

Regards.

Hello Tousif, 

Customer just changed  monthly retention from one to two years, and I was wondering how to consume less tapes, because we do not mix retention on tapes.

regards.

mph999
Level 6
Employee Accredited

The retention level doesn't really matter, once the exire time has been changed by bpexpdate.

The time it would matter, is if the images were expired, and then imported - the expire time would revert back to the time set for the level number, relative to when the import was run.

Do not ever mix retentions on tapes, short term it may help, long term you will use a lot more media.

What you could do is reduce the number of partially full media for the volume pools to the same number, as the number of consecutive write drives in the storage unit(s).  For example, if you had 5 drives, set this value to 5 (in the volume pool) - this means that no more than 5 tapes are ever allowed to be partially full, meaning that you would have to fill a tape before another could be used.  Having 5, means that all tape drives can be used at once.

It is not 100% guaranteed, there are times you may use a few more tapes than 5, but it should reduce the number of tapes used on average.