Library Scan operation waits at "Ready, No idle devices are available"

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When attempting to run a scan operation against media in a library, the scan job is created, however when checking the status of jobs in the Storage section of the Backup Exec console the job itself is waiting with status "Ready, No idle devices are available."


This is caused by active jobs using the tape devices in the library causiong the library to be marked as busy. Symantec are investigating this condition as a scan job should not be affected by the state of the tape systems.


Only run scan jobs when no other activities are using the library resource.

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