How to create and configure a Robotic Library partition in Backup Exec 2012
Slots in a library can be grouped together to form partitions. Partitioning a library provides more control over which media is used for backup jobs. Setting up Robotic Library partitions in Backup Exec creates a drive pool for each partition.
When a job is selected to run on a particular partition, it runs on the media inserted in the partition's slots.
Considering the scenario of a Robotic Library with six slots:
Robotic Library Slots = 40
Number of Partitions created = 2 (partition 1 and partition 2)
Slots per partition = 20
To run weekly jobs on slot 0 to slot 19, target the backup job to partition 1.
Note: If the Robotic Library is partitioned, Backup Exec searches for the oldest recyclable media in the targeted partition only. If more than one media meeting the requirements are found, Backup Exec then selects the media in the lowest-numbered slot, i.e. media in slot 2 would be chosen over equivalent media in slot 22.
To create partitions:
1. Right click the robotic library containing the slots to be partitioned.
4. Click Configure Partitions located under Robotic Library Tasks.
5. Select how many partitions to create and how many slots to have in each partition.
Partitions can include any number of Robotic Library slots, however, the first partition cannot be moved or deleted when other partitions exist.
6. Click next after configuring partitions.
7. Click Finish to accept the partitions.
The partitions now appear under Robotic Libraries for the robotic library on which they were created.
After defining the partitions, jobs can be submitted to those partitions. The partitions appear in the list of devices along with other devices available to the media server. Click the target partition drive pool and run the job as any other Backup Exec job.