Excuse me…

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Pardon the interruption in normal patterns. I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time this afternoon losing an argument with a tape drive. I’m in the right on this argument, but I’m afraid it’s circular logic pattern has left us both stuck with quite the conundrum. (If a tape drive doesn’t detect a tape in the drive, that is, in fact, in the drive, how can you tell it to eject said tape?)

Actually this has happened before, a couple of years ago. A backup failed because of a bad tape, just like last night, and the drive ejected that tape and then simply stopped responding, even when you put another tape in. Getting it to respond requires re-starting the server. That might sound simply enough, but you’ve probably never had to shutdown all of the connections to your , file storage and internal email at the same time in the middle of the work day, have you?

Thus the hazard of being on a single-server network! 🙂

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