Suspend Duplication Jobs???

I asked for this over 2 yrs I am begging for it. I have a need to suspend pending duplication jobs. We have a scheduled datacenter shutdown for Sunday morning at 5am. It is now Saturday morning at 5am(approx.). All backups to MSDP are done. I have approx. 10 pending duplication jobs waiting for tape drives. I would expect that on Saturday night sometime....I will have maybe 4-5 pending duplications left to run. I WISH I could just suspend/pause/hold those duplications rather than just canceling them. I know they will re-generate when I bring everything back-up.....but it would be cleaner if I could just put them on hold and release them when I am ready. Here is 1 case where it would come in handy. I have 2 tape drives....both are being used by duplication jobs, I have an urgent restore from tape, I want to pause the duplication job(I can wait till it finishes the image it is working on), then I can do the restore, and resume the duplication. We have checkpoints for backups....why not for duplications also? I know I can create duplication windows and such.....but it would be MUCH cleaner and easier for me(the user) if I could just pause the duplications.

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The nbstlutil command

The nbstlutil command provides a way for users to intervene in storage lifecycle operations.

option inactive with nbstlutil can be used for suspending/deactivating the duplication jobs

Deactivates future lifecycle operations on selected image copies, but retains the image information so that processing can resume.


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Are you aware of the fact

Are you aware of the fact that SLPs can be scheduled in NBU 7.6?


NetBackup 7.6 Feature Briefing - Secondary operation windows in SLPs



I have also requested the ability to suspend running duplication jobs over here: 

Unfortunately no response from the Symantec employee who posted this Idea....


You have (in 7.6) the

You have (in 7.6) the possibility to suspend secondary operation processing within the Storage Lifecycle Policy itself. The options which are available are either "Active" or "Postponed".