We would like to eliminate a few drives, if possible, but first need to know how many drives are being utilized, for which backups, and for how long. I'm still learning with NetBackup and would appreciate any feedback.
The simple way:
There are backup monitoring products available such as Bocada, Servergraph, WysDM for backups (to name only a few) that can provide some pretty intuitive and easy to read information. That said, establishing the correlation between which tape device is used for a specific backup is not necessarily possible or easily done depending on the product. On the other hand, these products are pretty much ready to use and provide much more functionality beyond tape device monitoring, which could prove to be of value to your organization.
The custom way:
You can use a combination of ACSLS and robtest commands. This method will likely produce the results you are looking for and does not require the purchase of software. However, it requires technical skills, time and knowledge of one or more scripting languages.
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