I didn't see Roose's update before answering - I think we basically recommend the same stuff but just one comment for (d), be careful of using 'ssretent' as a means of judging when a tape will expire. The 'ssretent' value corresponds to the latest retention date of all instances of a saveset. Some of these instances (clones) could be on other volumes. It is the 'clretent' value that corresponds to the retention time of the instance of the saveset on one particular volume. The 'volretent' value is equal to the latest of all 'clretent' values for that volume.