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I think the important question is 'Why use sequential mode?'

Yes it seems simple on the surface but it does make restoring more difficult, as you need to either DSPTAP ENDOPT(*UNLOAD) repeatedly until you get to the needed tape or use the web interface to put the correct tape in the drive. Worse if you forget that you've done that, you'll back up onto the wrong tape(s) going forward.

I would strongly recommend use of a CL, or other program, that assures the correct tape is in the drive before backup begins each night. There are several ways to accomplish this and each has strengths and weaknesses.

Perhaps the most important part, no matter how you get a tape in the drive for the next backup, is that eaving a stack of tapes in there means that fire, flood, lift truck, etc etc all risk taking out not just the server but all of the backup tapes as well.

This is why so many of us are now big fans of Virtual Tape Libraries. You get to keep you tapes on site, and off-site, at the same time and nobody needs to visit the data center to touch tapes!!

- DrF

On 9/25/2022 5:33 PM, Jim Franz wrote:
Drive in sequential mode with autoload checked and auto-clean checked.
Goal is to have hands free tapes rotating, with auto cleaning.
SAVLIB with end option *UNLOAD (and save will always fit on 1 tape.

Will the *unload move to IO station or to an empty slot? Installer already
left the building.

Thank you,

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