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Category: Other
SQL Server versions: 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017


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Occurs when a task is waiting for a tape mount. To view the tape status, query sys.dm_io_backup_tapes. If a mount operation is not pending, this wait type may indicate a hardware problem with the tape drive. Information from Microsoft®


This wait has never occurred recently

BACKUP_OPERATOR has not occurred recently on 4207 instances checked.

Prevalence of BACKUP_OPERATOR across the Spotlight Population