We just started using new media. Changed the TAPEPOOL record in VMBACKUP CONFIG file.
TAPEPOOL VTSINH MEDIA ENH DENSITY ENHXF ASKADD SCRATCH
In VM:Tape, the SERIES and POOL files refer to:
SERIES Q00000 100000 ENHA
VMTAPE Q TA
VMTQRY191I 0170 3490E 36trk,38K/XF FREE
It appears that all looks okay with a SERIES record of ENHA and a VM:Backup TAPEPOOL record of ENH for MEDIA and ENHXF for DEN.
However, VM:Backup is sending over the mount as:
VMBACKUP 007 VMTVMB600I Beginning: 'RESERVE TAPE SCRATCH 310 DSN DAILY. PRIMARY (LABEL SL DEN EXF' for 00000001
End result is:
VMBACKUP 007 VMTAPK304E No VTSINH scratch CART volumes available; mount canceled.
So, it appears that VM:Backup is sending over EXF for density rather than ENHXF.
The first recommendation is to change RESERVE ON to OFF in the VMBACKUP CONFIG file. It is not recommended that you have RESERVE ON when running with silos on VM:Tape.
When SCRATCH is included on the VM:Backup TAPEPOOL record, it tells VM:Tape to obtain tapes to use in VM:Backup backup and MPC jobs from general scratch tapes found in the VM:Tape TMC. SCRATCH is applicable only when the VM:Tape interface is enabled.
When SCRATCH is not on the TAPEPOOL record, the correct density is passed. SCRATCH would not be used when you are using POOLS on VM:Tape. Without SCRATCH, the MOUNT command going over to VM:Tape would contain the name of the POOL that VM:Backup is supposed to use.
Removing SCRATCH from the TAPEPOOL records in VM:Backup should resolve this type of problem.