qinghe46
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what is barcode?

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I'm newbie to networker and library.

Question:

could anybody tell me what is tape barcode? what information is recorded in the barcode? Will the information recorded in the barcode be changed? How Networker makes use of it?

Thanks.

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ble1
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NetWorker uses barcode in the very same way as any other backup product.  Barcode is tape identified in form of sticker which is placed on tape.  Backup application, including NetWorker, will use this identifier for inventory, quick library scan or media selection. Typical use case with NetWorker since day one is that volume label (something that NetWorker will do when initiating volume) is the same to tape label (barcode) - this is default behavior.

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ble1
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NetWorker uses barcode in the very same way as any other backup product.  Barcode is tape identified in form of sticker which is placed on tape.  Backup application, including NetWorker, will use this identifier for inventory, quick library scan or media selection. Typical use case with NetWorker since day one is that volume label (something that NetWorker will do when initiating volume) is the same to tape label (barcode) - this is default behavior.

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bingo.1
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The other big advantage is on inventorying huge libraries as Hrovje mentioned correctly.

Imagine a library with hundreds of tapes. If there is no barcode, no backup SW will have a chance to recognize the tape unless it is actually loaded into a drive and the label has been read. As this could take hours, a library without bar code reader for more than 20 tapes does not make sense.

jacksew
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barcode is a kind of symbology which can instore much information and make business convenient. There are different types of barcodem, including QR Code, Code 39, Code 128, etc. These barcodes can be created in many platfomrs. So there are different barcode generators according to different platfomrs, like C# Code 128 barcode generator, .NET Code 39 barcode generator, etc. You can make full use of Google to learn more.

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makaveiljojo
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They have given you enough explanation about what a barcode is. Nowadays 2D barcode like Data Matrix, PDF-417 and especially QR code is becoming more and more popular in different sectors of people's life. And to get those 1D or 2D barcodes, there are multiple ways for you to choose from. Free online barcode generator is a good choice cuz it is conveninent and free of charge. Barcode font is another good option for barcoders. Barcoding libraries, barcode controls, differnt plug-ins and add-ins are ways of generating barcodes.

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