If you have a number of tapes for which you need to change the retention to 'never overwrite', you can protect them. Protection option sets lifelong retention period for the selected tapes overriding the retention settings of the media pool.
You can set protection for both online or offline tapes that contain data.
You can protect only tapes that contain data. You cannot protect free (empty) tapes.
If the tapes are protected, they cannot be erased or marked as free by Veeam Backup & Replication or manually. To erase such tape, you need to switch the protection off first.
The protection can be switched off at any time. The retention settings will be changed to the value set for the media pool.
To enable protection:
- Open the Tape Infrastructure view.
- Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media > Online.
- Select tapes you want to protect and click Protect on the ribbon.
Alternatively, you can right-click selected tapes and choose Protect from the shortcut menu.