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Description: "How to Create a Virtual Library"
1. Launch NetVault GUI
2. Click on Device Management
3. Click on "Add", then Add Library - which will take you to the "Add Library" window.
4. In the "Add Library" window, right click on the machine you want to create this on and choose "Create Virtual Library"
5. In the new window, "Add new virtual Library", enter the correct information in the following rows:
A) "Library Location" - (example only) C:\Virtual Library) *Note* location/folder/directory must exist, when entering information.
For example: if putting in just the root directory, just enter C:\, if putting it in a special place - for example a folder called Virtual Library - then you must create it first, then you could put C:\Virtual Library.
B) "Library Name" - give it your own unique name, do not use what NetVault populates/inputs there.
C) "Barcode Prefix" - leave as default or create your own
D) "Number of drives" - this is the number of drives that you will have to run backup jobs on. If you only have one, then you can only run one job at a time, 2=2 jobs and so on. Basically you want try and emulate an actual physical library as closely as possible. The number of drives has no impact on the total capacity of the VTL.
E) "Number of slots" - this will be the amount of media/tapes available to use. If you leave the default of 4, then you will have 4 tapes for backup.
F) "Number of entry/exit ports" - more useful for actual physical library, but this is where you would put in new tapes, or export tapes you'll be taking offline and don't want used.
G) "Media capacity (MB)" - this will be the size of each slot/media tape, in megabytes. Example: you have 10 slots, and your library is going to be 40G, then you would divide 40960 MB (40G) by 10 (slots) and enter the result into the media capacity (being 4096 MB)... therefore making each tape/slot about 4G
The total capacity (size) of the library is calculated by multiplying the number of slots (E) by the media capacity (G). The size limit of the virtual library you can create is limited by the smaller of either a) your available free disk space to create the library or b) the amount of virtual capacity you are licensed for.
6. Click ok, and now your virtual library will start creating itself. (This my take some time on Linux or unix base OS')
7. Once it's complete, click ok and you will now be back to the "Add a Library" window.
8. Double click the machine that you created this virtual library on
9. Double click the Library, so that it populates a picture of a Disk, under "Selected Library"
10. Go to the "Drive Selection" tab and double click on the machine again. Then you'll see the drives that you created for this library.
11. Double click on Drive 1, so that it populates a disk picture for "Drive Bay 1", next double click on Drive 2 so that it populates a disk picture for "Drive Bay 2", and so on... making sure that each Drive number goes to it's appropriate bay. Example: Drive 1 = Drive Bay 1, Drive 2 = Drive Bay 2, Drive 3 = Drive Bay 3 and so on.
12. Once you've done this, make sure the unique library name is still intact, if not... change it again, then you can click on the diskette button to save your newly created Virtual Library.
You can now close out of Add Library and stay in Device Management. You will see your Newly created virtual library, drives/slots, and it will be ready and online for use.