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Symantec/Veritas NetBackup robtest commands for your tape library


Having trouble with your tape library and Netbackup not seeing your tapes?  Move those tapes manually with robtest commands!  Robtest is a command line utility that can help you manually move tapes and inventory your magazines and drives when Netbackup is hung up or can’t see them.

Here are some simple robtest commands I have used in the past.  To start robtest.exe, just go to “veritas\volmgr\bin\”.  Then select your robot (for example, 1 to select TLD 0)

? – help menu
s d – show status of all drives
s d1 – show status of just drive 1
s s – show status of all slots
s s1 – show status of just slot 1

And some actual tape action:

m s10 s5 – move tape media from slot 10 to slot 5
m d1 s1 –  move tape media from drive 1 into slot 1
unload d1 – rewinds the tape in the drive and releases the read/write head

About Jason Samuel

Jason Samuel lives in Houston, TX with a primary focus on strategic advisory and architecture of end-user computing, security, enterprise mobility, virtualization, and cloud technologies from Citrix, Microsoft, & VMware. He also has an extensive background in web architecture and networking over his 20+ year career in IT. He is an Author, Speaker, and Local User Group Community Leader. He is certified in several technologies and is 1 of 63 people globally that is a recipient of the prestigious Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) award. He is 1 of 42 people in the world that has been awarded as a VMware EUC Champion and VMware vExpert. He is a featured author on DABCC which provides the latest IT Community News on Cloud, Data Center, Desktop, Mobility, Security, Storage, & Virtualization. In his spare time Jason enjoys writing how-to articles and evangelizing the technologies he works with. Disclaimer: The content and opinions expressed in articles and posts are his own and are by no means associated with his employer.

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1 Comment

  1. nnkvnb

    January 28, 2011 at 1:23 AM

    Can any one send me some sample screen shots related to robtest.

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