Knowledgebase: Using tape drives
Setup automated drive cleaning
Posted by Sven Koester on 16 April 2007 7:36
In order to set up the drive cleaning, select the jukebox manager and double click the jukebox. On the General Setup page there is a section Drive Cleaning. Enter the slot number where the cleaning tape is placed, how many cleaning cycles are allowed for the particular cleaning tape and, if applicable, how many cleaning cycles the tape already had before.

Next is to find out which drive is due for cleaning. In order to set a drive to cleaning required, select the drive from the Drive Manager. On the General Setup page there is a section Attention. Select Yes in case the drive requires cleaning, No if not.

Note that some tape drives report that a drive requires cleaning (e.g. many DLT drives report that while most AIT drives don't). In case the drive does report that it requires cleaning, this flag is set automatically. Drives that are flagged with Cleaning required are not used in PresSTORE until they are automatically cleaned, or manually cleaned and the flag manually reset.
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Mat X
11 February 2013 22:40
Doesn't mentioned how to reset the cleaning required flag

Didn't seem obvious in the interface
Andre Kuehnemund
19 February 2013 17:44
The cleaning flag setting can be found under 'Standalone Drive'. Double-click on the tape drive in question. You'll see it in the window that opens.
Paul Boots
29 July 2014 16:50
Also unexplained is how to actually load a cleaning tape into the assigned 'cleaning tape slot'! Some how cleaning tapes are ignored by persister while doing an inventory. The result is that I have an assigned 'cleaning medium' slot but now way to load the cleaning tape into it…. or am I missing something obvious?
James B
18 August 2014 12:29
I have selected 'yes' to clean the drive but not sure how to actually run the cleaning job? Thanks.
Andre Kuehnemund
07 April 2015 15:10
When you set the cleaning flag, the cleaning is not being executed immediately. Instead, the cleaning will take place when the next job starts that uses the tape drive to be cleaned. When that job starts, P5 detects that the cleaning flag has been set, cleans the drive, reset the cleaning falg, then proceeds with the actual backup or archive job.
Andre Kuehnemund
07 April 2015 15:04
You would need to insert the cleaning tape into the library, then move it into the slot you wish to keep the cleaning tape in. Moving the tape into this slot can be done through the library's own web interface or using the library's front panel. If you wish to let the library itself handle the cleaning, you would configure the cleaning slot in the library's web interface. That slot would then not be listed as an available slot when you configure the library in P5.
If you decide to let P5 handle the cleaning, you would need to specify that storage slot as the cleaning slot in the P5 jukebox configuration settings.
Andre Kuehnemund
07 April 2015 15:11
When you set the cleaning flag, the cleaning is not being executed immediately. Instead, the cleaning will take place when the next job starts that uses the tape drive to be cleaned. When that job starts, P5 detects that the cleaning flag has been set, cleans the drive, reset the cleaning falg, then proceeds with the actual backup or archive job.
Maria Mejia
15 November 2016 1:30
So I don't need to apply a barcode label to the cleaning tape itself. I just have to assign a slot in the library for a cleaning tape. OK. I'm assuming that setting up an automatic cleaning cycle means that all six drives in the P5 will be cleaned as needed. Is that correct?
Andre Kuehnemund
28 December 2016 17:50
Correct. You do not need to put a barcode label on the cleaning tape. Assigning a cleaning slot in P5 tells the tape library in which slot the cleaning is located. Upon loading the cleaning tape, the tape drive detects that the loaded cartridge is a cleaning tape and not a data tape. It will clean the drive, then eject the tape. The library robotics will then move the cleaning tape back into its storage slot.
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