[NTDEV][Win2K] Using CD-R/CD-RW media types in Removable Storage

If you want to use a CD-R or CD-RW for backups, basically you’re screwed,
because
of a bug in the Removable Storage Manager (RSM). Of course those that
support RSM want to give us the old “… working as designed …” However,
every other piece of Microsoft documentation brags about the ability of 2000
to use CD-R’s as write-able storage, in Microsoft applications The Getting
Started Guide specifically states that Backup can use CD-R/CD-RW.

The primary place we would want to use a CD-R, CD-RW, is in the area of
backup, which requires the use of Media Pools and RSM. The bug, which the
boys and girls that support RSM want us to believe is really a “feature”,
occurs when RSM attempts to write a free media label to the CD-R or CD-RW.
RSM gets a failure back because it’s writing to a CD-ROM, or non-write-able,
or write protected media. If you chase down the properties for the physical
CD-R or CD-RW in Removable Storage, you find that RSM is defining it as
\Import\CD-ROM. It is defined as such even if you change the library media
types in the properties page to CD-R or CD-RW. The library mentioned above
is found
in MMC by selecting Removable Storage, Physical Locations, and right
clicking on
your CD-R/CD-RW drive.

So everything is there in RSM to tell RSM that the drive you want to use is
mountable
and write-able, but RSM won’t use it. At best, this is an incomplete
implementation.
At worst it is a bug that needs to be fixed. In any case … the boys and
girls that support
RSM need to 'fess up and quit saying it “works as designed”, because that is
a really
piss poor design.

(Yeah, it’s a bit off topic, but at least it taint about Cherry BOMBS!!!)

Gary


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