- Load one or more cleaning tapes in the library and configure ARCserve as detailed in Tech Document TEC475707 How to configure cleaning slots in CA ARCserve Backup 12.0.
- Open the Manager and go to Quick Start > Server Admin > select the server > click Configuration > click the Tape Engine tab > check the box at the bottom 'Use Tape Alert'.
The LTO drive manufacturers recommend that the drive is not cleaned after a set number of hours. Instead they recommend the drive is cleaned only when the drive requests it.
When ARCserve is configured as detailed here a cleaning tape will automatically be loaded in the drive whenever it is needed. If the drive needs cleaning in the middle of a backup the backup will be paused, the drive cleaned, and then the backup will resume.