A container is a box in which you can place media and then transfer that box to your off-site storage location. When you configure a vault, you select whether the media are stored in containers or slots at your off-site storage location. Vault tracks, reports, and recalls your media regardless of how the media are transferred and stored off site.
The options available for adding media to containers are as follows:
Scan the container and media IDs by using a keyboard interface bar code reader. (Keyboard interface readers are also known as keyboard wedge readers because they connect, or wedge, between the keyboard and the keyboard port on your computer.) Using this method, you can add media to more than one container.
Read an input file that contains the IDs or numeric equivalents of bar codes of all the media that will be added to one container. If you have a bar code reader that can write to a file, you can scan media bar codes and use that output file as input for the vltcontainers command.
The default return date of a container is the date of the volume in the container that is returned the latest. You can change the return date during the container and media ID entry process or at any time thereafter before a container is recalled.
You also can delete a container from the NetBackup and Media Manager databases. The following describes when you should delete an empty container:
If a container becomes empty due to a media inject, the empty container remains and the user will have to manually delete it using the vltcontainers command. The following example shows you how to delete container ABC123 from the NetBackup and Media Manager catalogs.