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Veeam Backup &

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Version 9.5
Tape Devices Support User Guide
December, 2017

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Contents
VEEAM BACKUP & REPLICATION .........................................................................................................................1
CONTENTS ...........................................................................................................................................................3
CONTACTING VEEAM SOFTWARE ........................................................................................................................5
TAPE DEVICES SUPPORT .....................................................................................................................................6
SUPPORTED DEVICES AND CONFIGURATION ................................................................................................................ 7
TAPE ENVIRONMENT ........................................................................................................................................... 9
TAPE DEVICES DEPLOYMENT ............................................................................................................................... 11
Connecting Tape Devices.................................................................................................................... 12
WORKING WITH T APE SERVERS ............................................................................................................................ 14
Adding Tape Servers .......................................................................................................................... 15
Removing Tape Servers ...................................................................................................................... 19
Updating Tape Servers ....................................................................................................................... 20
Rescanning Tape Servers.................................................................................................................... 21
Modifying Tape Servers ...................................................................................................................... 22
GETTING STARTED WITH T APES ............................................................................................................................ 23
WORKING WITH T APE LIBRARIES .......................................................................................................................... 24
Rescanning Tape Libraries .................................................................................................................. 25
Renaming Tape Libraries .................................................................................................................... 26
Removing Tape Libraries .................................................................................................................... 27
Loading Tapes .................................................................................................................................. 28
Inventorying Tapes ............................................................................................................................ 32
Cataloging Tapes............................................................................................................................... 34
Automated Drive Cleaning .................................................................................................................. 36
WORKING WITH DRIVES .................................................................................................................................... 38
WORKING WITH T APES ...................................................................................................................................... 39
Viewing Tape Properties ..................................................................................................................... 41
Viewing Data on Tapes....................................................................................................................... 43
Removing Tapes from Catalog............................................................................................................. 44
Erasing Tapes ................................................................................................................................... 45
Marking Tapes as Free ....................................................................................................................... 46
Ejecting Tapes .................................................................................................................................. 47
Exporting Tapes ................................................................................................................................ 48
Tapes Availability and Write-Protection ................................................................................................. 49
MEDIA P OOLS ................................................................................................................................................ 50
Media Sets ....................................................................................................................................... 51
Backup Sets...................................................................................................................................... 53
Service Media Pools ........................................................................................................................... 54
Simple Media Pools ............................................................................................................................ 55
GFS Media Pools................................................................................................................................ 63
Moving Tapes to Another Media Pool .................................................................................................... 70
Modifying Media Pools........................................................................................................................ 71
Removing Media Pools ....................................................................................................................... 72
MEDIA V AULTS ............................................................................................................................................... 73
Creating Media Vaults ........................................................................................................................ 74
Modifying Media Vaults....................................................................................................................... 76
Removing Media Vaults ...................................................................................................................... 77
Moving Tapes to Vault........................................................................................................................ 78
Managing Tapes in Vault .................................................................................................................... 81

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.............................................................................. 121 Creating File to Tape Jobs ............................................. 148 How Restoring Files from Tape Works .0 ......... 133 How Restoring VM from Tape to Infrastructure Works ....................................... 150 TAPE STATES INDICATORS ............................................................................................................................... 132 Before You Begin............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 117 VIEWING BACKUPS ON TAPE ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 120 How File Backup to Tape Works .................. 84 VIRTUAL F ULL BACKUP ................................................................................. 136 BACKUP RESTORE FROM T APE TO REPOSITORY ......................................................................................................... 134 Restoring VM from Tape to Infrastructure ................................................................... 97 Creating Backup to Tape Jobs .. 83 TAPE D ATA RETENTION ................................ 142 FILE RESTORE FROM T APE .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 90 Media Sets Created with Parallel Processing ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... TAPE PROTECTION ........... 140 How Restoring Backups from Tape to Repository Works ............ 122 VIEWING FILES ON T APE ............................ 155 4 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3..................................................... 95 How Machines Backup to Tape Works ...................................................................................................................................................................... 149 Restoring Files from Tape .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 118 FILE BACKUP TO TAPE ........................................................................................................................................................................ 141 Restoring Backups from Tape to Repository .................... 86 How Virtual Full Backup Works ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 82 Protecting Tapes .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 113 GFS BACKUP TO TAPE ........................................ 116 Creating GFS Tape Jobs ....................... 98 Linking Backup Jobs to Backup to Tape Jobs ...................... 115 How GFS Backup to Tape Works ........................................................................................................................................................ 93 MACHINES BACKUP TO TAPE ............. 88 TAPE PARALLEL PROCESSING ................................................................................................................................................. 131 VM RESTORE FROM TAPE TO INFRASTRUCTURE .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 119 Before You Begin......................................................... 147 Before You Begin............ 87 Virtual Full Intervals ......

suggestion or question. manage your license or obtain the latest product release.html. Online Support If you have any questions about Veeam products. It is important not only to help you quickly with your technical issues.Contacting Veeam Software At Veeam Software we value the feedback from our customers.veeam. Customer Support Should you have a technical concern.com/support.com/documentation-guides-datasheets.0 . Company Contacts For the most up to date information about company contacts and offices location.html to open a case. reference documentation. please visit our Customer Center Portal at www.veeam. search our knowledge base.com/contacts. please visit www.com 5 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. you can use the following resources:  Full documentation set: www.veeam.html  Community forum at forums.veeam. and build products that incorporate your suggestions. but it is our mission to listen to your input.

Veeam Backup & Replication offers support for tape devices and allows you to archive your data to tape and restore it from tape whenever needed. you can store full and incremental backups. tape archive requires more time to retrieve files for restore if the tapes are stored offsite.0 . Storing data to tapes provides you with the same data managing options as disk repositories. Tape appears to be one of the most widely used media for offsite backup. Long-term archiving and compliance are listed as primary reasons for using tape.Tape Devices Support Veeam provides native tape support that is fully integrated into Veeam Backup & Replication. 6 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. 2 types of media. You can administrate all operations on tapes from your Veeam console. 1 offsite location) considered as a best practice for data protection and disaster recovery. Using backup to tape. Compared to disk storage. In particular. select restore points and so on. apply user-defined retention settings to the archived data. you can implement the ‘3-2-1’ backup approach (3 copies.

consider that Veeam Backup & Replication by default will periodically lock the drive to perform rescan. Supported Connection Types You can connect the tape device directly or remotely. Driver Installation Mode Veeam Backup & Replication supports both exclusive and non-exclusive driver installation. Mind the following limitations:  Do not connect partitions presented to the 3rd party tape software to a Veeam tape server. To share a tape device.  Do not install any 3rd party tape-recording software or software components on Veeam tape server. NOTE: Veeam Backup & Replication does not support using WORM (Write Once Read Many) tapes.  Partitions of the physical or virtual tape libraries presented to the Veeam backup server. it is recommended to install drivers in non-exclusive mode. Industry Format Veeam Backup & Replication uses the MTF (Microsoft Tape Format) industry format to write data to tape.Supported Devices and Configuration Veeam Backup & Replication supports Linear Tape-Open tape libraries starting from generation 3 (LTO3) or later:  Physical libraries. NOTE: If you use standalone tape drives. preventing other software from recording.  Direct connection: • Fibre Channel (FC) • Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 7 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. If you plan to run both Veeam Backup & Replication and 3rd party tape-recording software (for example. Affecting 3rd Party Tape Solutions Veeam Backup & Replication does not support sharing tape devices with 3rd party tape-recording software. configure a partition of the tape library that will be used only by Veeam Backup & Replication. Path Failover Veeam Backup & Replication supports path failover for tape devices with multiple drives that manage multiple paths over multiple SANs. in your evaluation lab).0 . standalone drives and virtual tape libraries.

Generally.com/kb/1016407. Veeam Backup & Replication supports only values divisible by 1024.x and later.  Tapes written on a 3rd party device. Veeam Backup & Replication uses the maximum available block size from the supported range. For details. To write data to tape. Veeam Backup & Replication uses a unified block size to write data to tapes. see Working with Drives.  Tapes with Veeam backups written on another tape server. You can restore from tapes written with block size that match the block size range set for the tape device. NOTE: If you connect the tape devices via HBA. 8 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. • SCSI  Remote connection: • iSCSI Data Block Size Drives use hardware dependent block sizes to read/write the tape data. From this range. This range is additionally limited by storage controllers settings used in your infrastructure. The block size is unified for:  All drives in one library (if the drives support different block sizes)  All standalone drives connected to one tape server. Veeam Backup & Replication uses the block size configured for the HBA. compares them and detects a range of block sizes that can be supported by all drives. Veeam Backup & Replication requires that the tape is written with the block size from the supported range (shown in the drive properties). the drives support a range of block sizes and report this range to Veeam Backup & Replication.vmware. If you use a tape library with multiple drives or a number of standalone drives. see VMware vSphere Release Notes. NOTE: Mind the block size range when working with the following tapes:  Tapes with Veeam backups written by another tape library.  Tapes written with other data transfer configuration settings. Veeam Backup & Replication collects the block size ranges reported by each drive. To read data from tape. It is recommended that you use tape devices with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) drivers. For more details and recommendations on configuring vendor-supported tape drives and media changers on ESX/ESXi. Limitations VMware does not support tape drives connected directly to ESX(i) 4. Unknown Medium Changers Veeam supports medium changers that have no Microsoft Windows drivers available. refer to VMware documentation at http://kb. You can check the resulting range of block sizes supported by Veeam Backup & Replication for a particular drive in the Drives properties. Make sure that such device is recognized as an unknown medium changer in the Microsoft Device Manager list.0 . For more information.

The Veeam backup server tasks include the following operations:  Recognizing all tape devices that are connected to it and is able to manage all drives. You can create a dedicated tape server or assign the tape server role to the Veeam backup server. Veeam Backup & Replication uses tape servers. Adding the tape server to the backup infrastructure makes possible to transfer data between disk storages and the tape archive.  Administering tape archiving: scheduling and triggering tape jobs and initiating restore tasks. The tape server runs Veeam Data Mover service that creates a communication point over which the data between the tape device and backup repositories or file servers is transferred. Tape Servers To connect to the tape devices. you must assign the tape server role to a necessary server in the backup infrastructure. while all administration is performed by the Veeam backup server. Tape Device When connected to the Veeam backup server. The tape server deployment is fully automated: to create a tape server.  Communicating with the Veeam backup database. The tape server is a backup infrastructure component transferring data between data source and tape device. tape devices provide reading and writing capabilities. You can connect multiple tape devices. It is the core component in the backup infrastructure. you must add the tape server to your Veeam Backup & Replication console. slots and tapes.Tape Environment To administrate tape backup and restore procedures. 9 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. The tape backup and restore process involves the following components: Veeam Backup Server The Veeam backup server is the server running Veeam Backup & Replication.0 .

The registered tapes stay in the database until you remove the information about them. Veeam Backup & Replication prompts for the tapes you need to bring online. When you start restore. as well as backup files produced by backup to tape jobs. You can always view details for each tape.Veeam Backup Database Veeam Backup & Replication catalogs information about all archived data and stores this information in the Veeam backup database. The content of the Tape Catalog can be examined in the Files view. The content of the Backup Catalog can be examined under the Backups > Tape node in the Backup & Replication view.  Backup Catalog stores information about VMs whose backups are archived to tape media with backup to tape jobs. information about backups written to it. 10 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. you can restore data from tape much quicker when necessary. including physical boxes  Deduplicating storage appliances (only for backup to tape jobs)  NAS devices (by specifying the SMB path to the share). and the names of the media sets within which the data was written. Veeam Backup & Replication uses the following catalogs for storing the tape-related data:  Tape Catalog stores information about files/folders archived to tape media with file to tape jobs. The catalog lets quickly detect location of the required items on tape. or restoring data to disk. including physical boxes  Linux server. Veeam Backup & Replication can connect to any machine that has been added as a managed server to the Veeam Backup & Replication console. even if the tape is not inserted in the library. for example.0 . both online or offline. Backup Repositories and File Servers When retrieving data to back up. Storing devices include the following types:  Windows server. The catalog correlates the archived files and their restore points to the names of the corresponding tapes. As a result.

the data transfer during archiving and restore processes is enabled with Veeam Data Mover services. 11 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. The connected tape devices are recognized by the Veeam Backup & Replication automatically. Veeam Backup & Replication installs the necessary components on this server and starts the required services on it. Tape servers are network appliances that connect tape libraries to the Veeam backup server and manage traffic between tape devices and Veeam backup server.Tape Devices Deployment To connect tape devices to Veeam Backup & Replication.0 . The Data Movers run on tape servers and other components of backup infrastructure. Data Movers With Veeam Backup & Replication. you need to deploy a tape server. They receive tasks from the Veeam backup server and communicate to each other to transfer the data. The Data Movers are light-weight services that take a few seconds to deploy. Deployment is fully automated: when you assign a tape server role to a server.

check that the tape device uses native SCSI commands. As a tape server. accessible by Veeam Backup & Replication. Install an appropriate device driver on the tape server. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Properties. Connect the tape device to the machine that will perform the role of the tape server. If the medium changer driver is not available.0 . physical or virtual. Serial Attached SCSI (SAS).  Deploy a dedicated tape server. You can connect the tape device in two ways:  Directly over Fibre Channel (FC). 12 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. expand the Libraries node and select the needed library. SCSI  Remotely with iSCSI (you can use Microsoft iSCSI initiator to establish the connection). This variant is sufficient for small environments with low traffic workloads. A dedicated tape server is recommended for installations with intense data transferring. A dedicated tape server allows you to manage remote tape libraries. you must perform the following steps: 1. you can use any Microsoft Windows server. 4. You can choose between the following options:  Use the Veeam backup server as the tape server. 3. 2.Connecting Tape Devices To deploy a tape device. Choose a machine that will act as the tape server. Click Properties on the ribbon. Select the Use native SCSI commands instead of Windows driver check box.

5. Add the tape server to Veeam Backup & Replication. the tape jobs will not run with another Veeam backup server unless you copy the configuration. For example. The connected tape devices will appear as list under the Libraries node in the Tape Infrastructure view. You can connect a number of tape devices to each tape server. Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically scan connected tape devices and display all discovered tape libraries and tape drives under the Libraries node in the Tape Infrastructure view. Veeam Backup & Replication will recognize the tape devices and all tape device settings. Reconnecting Tape Devices to Another Tape Server You can reconnect your tape devices to another tape server. choose a tape server and perform steps for connecting tape devices above. When you add the new tape server to Veeam Backup & Replication. the auto-discovery process will be performed periodically every 3 minutes. 13 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. However. IMPORTANT! Only media changers can use SCSI commands. To do this. Veeam Backup & Replication allows deploying a number of tape servers. Afterward. See Adding Tape Servers for details. TIP: If you have several Veeam backup servers. you cannot connect one tape server to several Veeam backup servers simultaneously.0 . if you have a number of Veeam backup servers. Tape drives must use native OEM drivers. Note that when you reconnect the tape server. you can easily reconnect a tape server to another Veeam backup server without reconfiguring the tape device: Veeam backup server will recognize the library settings automatically. you can reconnect the tape devices from the Veeam backup server to a dedicated tape server.

Working with Tape Servers
When you have deployed a tape server and connected the tape device to it, you need to add the tape server to the Veeam backup server. To
do so, you must assign the role of the tape server to a Windows server that is already added to the list of managed servers.

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Adding Tape Servers
To add a tape server, follow the next steps:

Step 1. Launch the New Tape Server Wizard

To launch the wizard, do one of the following:

 Open the Tape Infrastructure view and click Add Tape Server on the ribbon.

 Open the Tape Infrastructure view, right-click the Tape Infrastructure node and select Add Tape Server.

Step 2. Choose a Server

At the Server step of the wizard, select a physical or virtual server to which the tape devices are connected and that you want to add as the
tape server.

1. From the Choose server list, select the server that you want to add as the tape server.

 If the devices are connected to the Veeam backup server, choose This server. The tape server role will be assigned to
you backup server.

 If the devices are connected to a separated server, enter the server name or IP address. The tape server must run
Microsoft Windows. If the server is not added to Veeam Backup & Replication yet, you can click Add New to open the
New Windows Server wizard.

2. In the Description field, provide a description for future reference.

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Step 3. Configure Traffic Throttling Rules

At the Traffic step of the wizard, configure throttling rules to limit the outbound traffic rate for the tape server. Throttling rules will help you
manage bandwidth usage and minimize the impact of tape jobs on network performance. For more information, see Setting Network Traffic
Throttling Rules section in Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.

The list of throttling rules contains only those rules that are applicable to the tape server you are adding. The rule is applied to the tape server
if its IP address falls under the source IP range of the rule. To view the rule settings, select it in the list and click the View button on the right.

You can also open global throttling settings and modify them directly from the wizard by clicking Manage network traffic throttling rules at
the bottom of the window.

Step 4. Review Components

At the Review step of the wizard, Veeam Backup & Replication will display the list of components required for work of the tape server:

 Veeam Transport

 Veeam Tape service

If any of them is missing, Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically install them on the selected server.

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17 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.Step 5. If Veeam Backup & Replication detects an unknown media changer. Veeam Backup & Replication will add the tape server to the backup infrastructure in the real time mode. Assess Results At the Apply step of the wizard.0 . the message will appear in the Message area.

If you do not enable this option. select the Start tape libraries inventory when I click Finish check box. you will have to inventory tape libraries manually. Review details of the added tape server.0 . finalize the procedure of the tape server configuration. To inventory tape libraries connected to the tape server. see Inventorying Tapes. For more information. Veeam Backup & Replication will start the inventory process when you finish working with the wizard. 18 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Finish Working with the Wizard At the Summary step of the wizard.Step 6.

Veeam Backup & Replication unassigns the tape server role from it. You can also right-click the necessary tape server in the working area and select Remove.0 . Before you remove the tape server. Limitations for Removing Tape Servers You cannot remove a tape server if any of tape jobs is running at the moment. When you remove a tape server. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. so it is no longer used as a tape server. 2.Removing Tape Servers To remove a tape server: 1. stop all tape jobs. Select the Servers node in the inventory pane. 3. Select the tape server in the working area and click Remove Tape Server on the ribbon. The actual server remains connected to Veeam Backup & Replication. 19 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.

0 . the Components Update window will be displayed. 20 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. it automatically checks if the components installed on managed servers are up to date. If there is a later version of a component available (usually. You will be unable to work with tape libraries that are connected to the outdated servers. if you have upgraded Veeam Backup & Replication).Updating Tape Servers Every time you launch Veeam Backup & Replication.  Open the Tape Infrastructure view. right-click the necessary tape server in the working area and select Upgrade. prompting you to update components on managed tape servers. select a server in the list and click Details. You can also open the Components Update window by doing one of the following:  Open the main menu and select Upgrade from the main menu. The Components Update section lists tape servers that have outdated components deployed. To see the current and the latest available versions for deployed components. If components on all managed servers are up to date. Select check boxes next to servers for which you want to upgrade components and click Next.  Open the Tape Infrastructure view. select the Servers node and click Upgrade on the ribbon. the Upgrade item will be disabled.

if you want to implement the changes made to the tape infrastructure immediately. right-click the Servers node and select Rescan. select the Servers node in the inventory pane. To rescan a tape server: 1. 3. You can perform manual rescan of a tape server. for example. To rescan a particular tape server. Veeam Backup & Replication automatically rescans the tape servers every 3 minutes. 2.Rescanning Tape Servers In order to update the list of managed tape devices. You can also right-click the necessary server in working area and select Rescan. Open the Tape Infrastructure view.0 . Select the necessary server in the working area and click Rescan on the ribbon. 21 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. To rescan all tape servers.

Open the Tape Infrastructure view. Select the necessary server in the working area and click Edit Tape Server on the ribbon. 4.0 . 3. Then edit the tape server settings as required. 22 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. You can also right-click the necessary server in working area and select Properties. 2.Modifying Tape Servers To edit settings of an added tape server: 1. Select the Servers node in the inventory pane.

or restore files from tape. 5. Restore VMs to infrastructure or to repository. 23 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. 4. 3.Getting Started with Tapes After you have connected tape devices. Configure one or more media vaults to conveniently organize offline tapes. 2. you need to complete the following steps: 1. Configure and run backup to tape or file to tape jobs.0 . Create one or more simple media pool or GFS media pool that will be used as targets for tape jobs. Load tapes to the tape device (if not yet loaded) and run the importing procedure for them.

open the Tape Infrastructure view. When you add a new tape device to the tape server. For more information about unknown media changers. 24 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. All connected devices are discovered automatically during the rescan procedure.0 .Working with Tape Libraries All tape libraries managed by Veeam Backup & Replication are shown as a list of devices under the Libraries node in the Tape Infrastructure view. For more information about automated drives cleaning. To view properties of a tape library. expand the Libraries node and select the needed library. it appears in your console after rescan. Click Properties on the ribbon. see Automated Drive Cleaning. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Properties. Select the Use native SCSI commands instead of Windows driver check box if your library is an unknown media changer. Select the Perform drive cleaning automatically check box if you want Veeam Backup & Replication to manage the tape drives cleaning. see Supported Devices and Configuration.

3. 25 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Rescan. Select the Libraries node in the inventory pane. To rescan a tape library: 1.0 .Rescanning Tape Libraries You can rescan a selected tape library to update its network status. 2. Select a necessary library in the working area and click Rescan Library on the ribbon. Open the Tape Infrastructure view.

Renaming Tape Libraries The Veeam backup console shows the list of all tape devices as a list of libraries. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Rename.0 . Select the Libraries node in the inventory pane. 3. 26 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Select a necessary library in the working area and click Rename Library on the ribbon. By default. 2. To rename a tape library: 1. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. the connected libraries are shown with their production model names. For clearer visibility. you can rename them.

0 . however you will need to create the media pools anew.Removing Tape Libraries If you want to stop using a tape device. 5. You can also connect the tape server to another Veeam backup server. Veeam Backup & Replication will recognize all tape devices that were previously added to it with tapes and media pools (in case they remain in the Veeam database). Otherwise. you need to physically disconnect it from the tape server first.  You cannot remove the library that is used in a media pool. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Remove Library. 3. the tape devices remain connected to it. 4. To remove a tape library. 2. you can remove the tape server to which the tape library is connected. To remove a tape library: 1. 27 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Mind the following limitations:  Only the libraries in the offline status can be removed. Disconnect the tape library or the tape server. Veeam Backup & Replication will recognize the tape devices automatically. In the displayed dialog box. You can connect the tape server back to your console. click OK to confirm deletion. Remove the library from all media pools first. the tape library will be discovered during the next rescan and reappear in the Libraries list. you can remove it from your Veeam backup console. Select a necessary library in the working area and click Remove Library on the ribbon. Alternatively. In this case. Select the Libraries node in the inventory pane. TIP: If you remove the tape server.

You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Import Tapes. The tapes will be moved to the Free media pool. perform the following steps: 1. For more information. Right-click the tapes and select Inventory tape. 28 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. The tapes will appear in the Unrecognized media pool. Choose an appropriate procedure for the following tapes:  Loading Empty Tapes  Loading Tapes Written on This Backup Server  Loading Tapes Written on Another Veeam Server See Also Loading Tapes Written with 3rd-Party Backup Solution Loading Empty Tapes To load empty tapes. 5. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Rescan. Importing runs differently for tapes that are registered in the local Veeam backup database and those that are not. If you want to refill the free tape resources in your tape device. import the tapes. Veeam Backup & Replication can use the tapes to read or write data. click Rescan Library on the ribbon. To start using tapes. you can overwrite tapes containing outdated Veeam archives. The importing procedure conveys the tapes from the mail slot to the library working slots. To do this. After importing. If you loaded the tapes to the mail slot.0 . see Importing Tapes Written on This Backup Server. or if you need to restore data from offline tapes. NOTE: If you load tapes directly into the tape library magazine. To do this. If you loaded tapes into the tape library magazine. When you load tapes into the library. 3. rescan the tape library. Veeam does not recognize them automatically. Load the tapes into the mail slot or directly into the tape library magazine. open the Tape Infrastructure view. you need to load these tapes into your tape device. 2. Click Import Tapes on the ribbon. 4.Loading Tapes When you need to add free tapes. make sure you rescan the tape library before you perform any other operations on tapes. scans them and sends information about them to Veeam backup database. expand the Libraries node and select the library to which you have loaded the tapes. you need to introduce them to the Veeam Backup & Replication by running the importing procedure. 6.

click Rescan Library on the ribbon. 5. expand the Libraries node and select the library to which you have loaded the tapes. 2. Right-click the tapes and select Inventory tape. rescan the tape library. make sure you rescan the tape library before you perform any other operations on tapes. To do this. 3. You can sort the tapes by the expiration date and get the list of tapes that can be reused. If you loaded tapes into the tape library magazine. 4. open the Tape Infrastructure view. Tape Libraries with Barcode Readers To load tapes with barcodes: 1. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Rescan. 4. Veeam Backup & Replication will move the tapes to their parent media pools. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Import Tapes. rescan the tape library. Load the tapes into the mail slot or directly into the tape library magazine. click Rescan Library on the ribbon. 6. To do this. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Import Tapes. you can check their expiration date. the Veeam backup database has information about them. Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically move the tapes to their parent media pools. import the tapes. import the tapes. 2. open the Tape Infrastructure view. To do this. If you loaded the tapes to the mail slot. The tapes will appear in the Unrecognized media pool. Load the tapes into the mail slot or directly into the tape library magazine.0 . You can start working with them. TIP: To understand which of the tapes can be overwritten. Note that if the tapes are expired. open the Media Pools node and select the media pool that you want to replenish. The procedure is different for tape libraries depending on whether they support barcodes or not. Check the Expires in field in the working area. Tape Libraries without Barcode Readers To load tapes without barcodes: 1. If you loaded tapes into the tape library magazine. 29 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Click Import Tapes on the ribbon. 3. NOTE: If you load tapes directly into the tape library magazine. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Rescan. expand the Libraries node and select the library to which you have loaded the tapes. If you loaded the tapes to the mail slot. To do this. In the Tape Infrastructure view. You can start working with them. Loading Tapes Written on This Backup Server If the tapes that you load were written on the same Veeam backup server. Click Import Tapes on the ribbon. they will be overwritten by tape rotation scheme set for the tapes' parent media pool.

To read data from such tapes. open the Tape Infrastructure view. 30 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Click Import Tapes on the ribbon. Loading Tapes Written with 3rd-Party Backup Solution Veeam Backup & Replication does not support backups written with another backup solution even if they are written in the supported format. expand the Libraries node and select the library to which you have loaded the tapes. To do this. To do this. When the tapes are imported. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Import Tapes. 5. 4. inventory or catalog. If you loaded tapes into the tape library magazine. import the tapes. rescan the tape library. 2. click Rescan Library on the ribbon. Load the tapes into the mail slot or directly into the tape library magazine. do not run any procedures against them. click Rescan Library on the ribbon. The tapes will appear in the Unrecognized media pool. Veeam Backup & Replication must first catalog the tapes and store the information about them to the Veeam backup database. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Import Tapes. NOTE: If you load tapes directly into the tape library magazine. make sure you rescan the tape library before you perform any other operations on tapes. import the tapes. Load the tapes into the mail slot or directly into the tape library magazine. 4. Click Import Tapes on the ribbon. expand the Libraries node and select the library to which you have loaded the tapes. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Rescan. If you loaded tapes into the tape library magazine. 6. To do this. If you do not need the data on these tapes. 2. follow the next steps: 1. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Rescan. 3. If the tapes written with another backup solution contain valuable data. Veeam Backup & Replication recognizes such tapes as writable and may use them for Veeam tape jobs. you can erase them and use for writing data with Veeam Backup & Replication. If you loaded the tapes to the mail slot. To do this. The Imported media pool will be created automatically. To load tapes written on another Veeam backup server.Loading Tapes Written on Another Veeam Server Veeam Backup & Replication supports restoring data from tapes that were recorded on another Veeam backup server. To erase and re-use tapes containing non-Veeam data: 1. The tapes will be moved to the Imported media pool. rescan the tape library. If you loaded the tapes to the mail slot. for example. Right-click the tapes you want to import and select Catalog Tape.0 . open the Tape Infrastructure view. 3. IMPORTANT! You cannot restore data written with 3rd-party tape recording solutions. you can view and restore data written to them. The tapes will appear in the Unrecognized media pool.

The tapes will be moved to the Free media pool. you can right-click selected tapes and choose Erase Tape. 5. make sure you rescan the tape library before you perform any other operations on tapes. NOTE: If you load tapes directly into the tape library magazine. Alternatively. Select tapes you want to erase and click Erase on the ribbon. Choose Short erase and click OK.0 . For more information. see Erasing Tapes. 31 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. 6.

3. Select the necessary tapes in the list and click Inventory on the ribbon. you can open the History view and locate the necessary session under the Jobs > Tape node. To start tape inventory for selected tapes: 1. Click Inventory Library on the ribbon. Tape inventory job is a relatively fast process of reading metadata written on tape with the aim of detecting name of the media set and the sequence number for the tape. 2. these tapes are presented to Veeam Backup & Replication as Unrecognized. Alternatively. You can perform tape inventory for a whole tape library or run the job against selected tapes only. Expand the Libraries node and select the library you want to inventory. Tape inventory jobs helps Veeam Backup & Replication identify empty tapes and detect non-empty tapes belonging to specific media set. To identify unrecognized tapes. you can right-click the selected tapes and choose Inventory Tape. Veeam Backup & Replication will perform inventory for all online tapes in the library. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. To access the inventory session details. you need to run tape inventory job against them. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. you can right-click the tape library and select Inventory Library from the shortcut menu.Inventorying Tapes When you load new tapes in your tape device for the first time. To start tape inventory for a whole tape library: 1.0 . 2. 32 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. The inventory log will display job session results. Alternatively. 3. Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media.

you need to run the tape catalog job for all tapes in this media set. 33 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.As a result of inventory. You can use these tapes for archiving backups and files  Tapes that contain data written on another Veeam backup server remain in the Unrecognized pool. Veeam Backup & Replication displays the detected media set name and sequence number for these tapes. If you want to restore data from a specific media set. Veeam Backup & Replication places tapes in predefined pools:  Empty tapes are moved to the Free pool.0 .

scans tape contents and updates the database with details of new detected backup sets. cataloging is required for tapes that were written on another Veeam backup server. To catalog selected tapes: 1. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. 3. The catalog log will display job session results. you can restore data from the tapes. Veeam Backup & Replication first performs tape inventory. 2. Expand the Libraries node and select the library you want to catalog. To catalog a whole tape library: 1. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. Select the necessary tapes in the list and click Catalog on the ribbon. 34 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. you can right-click the selected tapes and choose Catalog Tape.Cataloging Tapes Cataloging tapes is required for tapes that contain some data but are not registered in the Veeam database. Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media. reads the information about backup contents on tape from the on tape catalog information. For example. Click Catalog Library on the ribbon. you can right-click the tape library and select Catalog Library. When a catalog job is performed. Alternatively. 3. 2. Alternatively. After the cataloging procedure.0 . you can open the History view and locate the necessary session under the Jobs > Tape node. To access the catalog session details. You can perform tape catalog job for a whole tape library or for selected tapes.

Run the catalog job only against tapes in the necessary media set. 35 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.0 . more than 1 000 000 files in 1 000 folders. you might do one of the following:  First.  If you work with a tape library.  If you work with a standalone drive.Rescanning of tapes during the catalog job may take a lot of time. System Requirements for Large Number of Files on Tape If the tape backup contains a large quantity of files. for example. run inventory job to identify tape media sets and decide which tapes you want to catalog.3 GB RAM per each 1 000 000 files • Tape server: 800 MB RAM per each 1 000 000 files. you can run the catalog job against the whole media set at once. To speed up the cataloging process. start cataloging from the last tape in the media set (as this tape usually stores on tape catalog information). you must provide the following system resources: • Backup server: 1.

Automated Drive Cleaning You can instruct Veeam Backup & Replication to automatically clean the tape library drives. make sure that you disabled the drive cleaning tasks on your tape library device. 2. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Properties. Such overlapping may cause tape jobs failures. To instruct Veeam Backup & Replication to automatically clean the drives: 1. 3. select the Perform drive cleaning automatically option. Click Properties on the ribbon. IMPORTANT! If you enable the automated drive cleaning option in Veeam Backup & Replication. Open the Tape Infrastructure view.0 . Expand the Libraries node and select the needed library. Assigning the automated cleaning to Veeam Backup & Replication prevents possible overlapping of cleaning tasks and tape jobs. In the Properties window. 36 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.

The tape job writes the data on tape.How It Works Veeam Backup & Replication cleans the drives at the beginning of backup to tape jobs or file to tape job run. for example. You cannot start the drive cleaning manually with Veeam Backup & Replication. To clean the drives automatically. 4. Limitations for Automated Drive Cleaning You cannot enable the automated drive cleaning on standalone tape drives. The cleaning is not performed during other tape operations such as. 2. The cleaning process usually takes several minutes. 3. 37 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. The drive cleaning is fully automated. When the tape job locks necessary drives for writing data. Veeam Backup & Replication ejects the tape from the drive. and one or more drives require cleaning. Veeam Backup & Replication waits for a tape job to start. The tape library alerts Veeam Backup & Replication on a drive that requires cleaning. 6. inserts a cleaning tape and performs the cleaning. After cleaning. 5.0 . Veeam Backup & Replication performs the following actions: 1. If a tape job locks multiple drives simultaneously for parallel processing. all drives start writing simultaneously. Veeam Backup & Replication checks which of them requires cleaning. Veeam Backup & Replication ejects the cleaning tape and inserts the tape that was reserved for the tape job. The worn-out cleaning tapes are moved to the Retired media pool automatically. all drives wait until the cleaning is finished. The cleaning tapes are located in the Unrecognized media pool. The automated drive cleaning does not affect creation of media sets. cataloging or export.

You can also right-click the necessary drive in the working area and select Properties. To view detailed information on a drive or to change its settings. Drive that is set manually to a particular block size may fail to read tape that was written with another block size. for maintenance. View the list and a short description of the drives in the working area. When you disable a drive. NOTE: Veeam Backup & Replication uses uniform block size.Working with Drives Drives of each connected library or standalone tape device are displayed in the Tape Infrastructure view under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Drives. You can disable a drive. select Drives under the needed library. If the library has multiple drives. To view the drives properties. select a value from the Block size list in the drive properties. other drives will be used for the read/write operations. see Supported Devices and Configuration. To disable a drive. click Properties on the ribbon. select the Enable option. 38 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. For more information on tape block size. the library does not use this drive for read/write operations.0 . To set block size for the drive manually. for example. clear the Enabled option in the drive properties. To set the drive into working mode again.

All tapes are grouped to service or user-created media pools available under the Tape Infrastructure > Media Pools node.  Tapes that have been unloaded from the tape device are shown under the Offline node. their status changes to Offline. Veeam Backup & Replication will hint what tape has been recently used for archiving.Working with Tapes All tapes managed by Veeam Backup & Replication belong to one of media pools. You can work with both online and offline tapes:  Tapes that are currently loaded to the tape device are available under the Online node.  If the tape you have inserted is not registered in the Veeam backup database. but they stay visible in the console. it will be processed as follows: 39 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.0 . Generally. If you work with a standalone tape drive and all its tapes are offline. either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media. Tape media in Veeam Backup & Replication are displayed in the Tape Infrastructure view. the new tapes are in the Free media pool. You can insert any tape into the tape drive:  If the tape you have inserted is registered in the Veeam backup database and the current media set can still be used. Veeam Backup & Replication can use only online tapes for backup to tape and file to tape jobs. Veeam Backup & Replication will display a message informing that you need to insert a tape into the drive. At the same time. Veeam Backup & Replication will continue writing to this media set and append the new content to the content recently written on the tape. You can also view tapes under the Tape Infrastructure > Libraries > LibraryName node > Media. Tapes that were written by tape jobs stay in the media pools that are targets to these tape jobs. If you offload tapes from you tape device.

– A tape containing any data written on another Veeam backup server or with another tape backup solution will be placed to the Unrecognized media pool. 40 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. – A new empty tape will be placed to the Free media pool and used for writing data. You need to catalog such tapes.0 .

Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media > Online/Offline. The name of the tape is generated automatically during tape importing. Alternatively. 5. Veeam Backup & Replication may fail to manage them correctly. 3. Veeam Backup & Replication will use the barcodes to identify the tapes and display the barcode as the Name property of the tape. You can also view the capacity of a tape in your tape device console (or in the Microsoft Windows Device Manager for tapes that are in drives). you can change the name of a tape: 1. Select the tape you want to rename and click Properties on the ribbon.0 . The Properties window shows location. If a tape does not have a barcode. Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically create the tape name using the pattern 'Tape N'. name and other properties of the selected tape. make sure that all barcodes are unique. The capacity of the tape is identified by the tape device where the tape is located. NOTE: If you manage several tape libraries on the same Veeam backup server and use barcodes to identify tapes in these libraries. you can right-click the tape and choose Properties. 2. If necessary. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. 41 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.Viewing Tape Properties You can view properties of each tape registered in Veeam database. The tapes may be online or offline. Click OK to save changes. capacity. 4. Change tape name and description as required. If some tapes have identical barcodes. If your tape device supports barcodes.

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0 . Select the necessary tape and click Properties on the ribbon. you can right-click the tape and choose Properties. Open the Files tab. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. Alternatively. 2. Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media > Online.Viewing Data on Tapes To view data contents that is currently stored on tape: 1. 43 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. 4. 3.

Open the Tape Infrastructure view. you need to switch the protection off first. Alternatively. Removing from catalog can be performed for offline tapes. To remove one or more tapes from the catalog: 1. you can right-click selected tapes and choose Remove from Catalog from the shortcut menu. you can perform removal from catalog if a physical tape no longer exists. You can remove only tapes that are offline. and the tape should no longer be displayed among media in the Veeam Backup & Replication console. you can remove the tape from the catalog. click Yes to confirm removal. 2. For example. 3. Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media > Offline. To remove such tapes. In the opened dialog box. 44 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Select offline tapes you want to remove from the catalog and click Remove from Catalog on the ribbon. 4.0 . IMPORTANT! You cannot remove protected tapes from the catalog.Removing Tapes from Catalog If you do not want to store information about a tape and contents on this tape in Veeam Backup & Replication database.

Alternatively. Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media > Online. IMPORTANT! You cannot erase protected tapes. Next. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. you can erase tapes. you can right-click selected tapes and choose Erase Tape. Choose the type of erase and click OK. 2. Note that short erase is not supported by some tape devices.  Long erase (slow) – use this option to clear all data written to tape. The long erase operation loads the tape to the drive. Veeam Backup & Replication supports two options for erasing data:  Short erase (fast) — use this option to speed up the erase process. 45 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. It simply loads the tape to the drive and wipes the tape header. To erase tapes: 1.Erasing Tapes If you do not need the contents stored on tape. The short erase operation does not physically erase data written on the tape. To erase such tapes. Select tapes you want to erase and click Erase on the ribbon. choose how the tape should be erased and click OK. rewinds the tape and physically erases all data written to the tape. 3.0 . you need to switch the protection off first.

you can right-click selected tapes and choose Mark as Free from the shortcut menu. Alternatively. click Yes. During this operation. 3. Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media > Online.Marking Tapes as Free Instead of erasing tapes. 4. Data written to tape remains intact. IMPORTANT! You cannot mark protected tapes as free. you need to switch the protection off first. 2. To mark tapes as free: 1. In the displayed dialog box. Select tapes you want to mark as free and click Mark as Free on the ribbon. To mark such tapes as free. Veeam Backup & Replication removes from the catalog information about contents on this tape. you can mark tapes as free. Veeam Backup & Replication deletes from backup and tape catalogs information about backup contents stored on tape. 46 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Open the Tape Infrastructure view.0 . After a tape is marked as free.

Ejecting Tapes
Ejecting moves the tape that is currently in drive to a library slot. The tape stays in the library and is online. Ejecting prevents tapes, for
example, from being occasionally overwritten.

You can select a tape to eject, or select a drive and eject the tape from it. Eject command is enabled only for tapes that are in drives or for
drives with loaded tapes.

To eject a tape:

1. Open the Tape Infrastructure view.

2. Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media > Online.

3. Select a tape located in drive that you want to eject and click Eject on the ribbon. Alternatively, you can right-click selected tape and
choose Eject Tape.

To eject a drive:

1. Open the Tape Infrastructure view.

2. Navigate to the Libraries > LibraryName node > Drives.

3. Select a drive from where you want to eject the tape and click Eject Tape on the ribbon. Alternatively, you can right-click selected
tape and choose Eject.

TIP:
You can also instruct a tape job to eject tape from drive after the job completes. To do so, navigate to the Options step of backup to tape job or file to

tape job and select the Eject media once the job finishes check box.

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Exporting Tapes
If you want to take the tapes out of the tape device, you need to export them first. Exporting ejects the tapes from the slots in the tape device
and moves them to the I/E slot (or Mail slot). When they are in the I/E slot, you can take them from the library and, for example, carry to a
storing location.

NOTE:
Export is available only for the devices that support corresponding operations and include I/E slot.

To export a tape:

1. Open the Tape Infrastructure view.

2. Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media > Online.

3. Select a tape you want to export and click Export on the ribbon.
Alternatively, you can right-click selected tape and choose Export Tape from the shortcut menu.

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Tapes Availability and Write-Protection
Before archiving data to tape media, Veeam Backup & Replication detects available tapes in the target media pool. Unavailable tapes are
filtered out and are not used for writing data. A tape may be unavailable for one of the following reasons:

 The tape cannot be used according to the retention policy set for the media pool.

 The tape is offline.

 The tape has the write-protect switch set.

If your tape is write-protected and you want to write data to this tape, you must eject the tape from the drive and drag the write protection
switch off. After you insert the tape back to the drive, you must inventory the tape to mark it as writable in the Veeam Backup & Replication
database.

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Media Pools
Media pools are logical containers created in Veeam Backup & Replication to organize and administrate tapes. Veeam Backup & Replication
works only with tapes that are placed to one of media pools. To introduce tapes to Veeam Backup & Replication, you need to run importing
procedure against all new tapes you load to your tape devices. Importing registers tapes in the Veeam Backup database after which
Veeam Backup & Replication places tapes to one of the media pools.

Veeam Backup & Replication has a number of service media pools that are used for automatic tape administration. For example, all new
tapes are placed to the Free media pool. To write data to tapes, you need to manually create at least one simple media pool. To run GFS
backups, you need to create a GFS media pool.

All Veeam media pools are global. They span tapes that belong to multiple libraries. In a global media pool, you can move tapes between the
libraries without need to catalog them. For example, if you need to restore data from tapes, you can insert the tapes into any tape library in the
pool.

NOTE:
Mind the hardware encryption. If the tapes are encrypted by native hardware means of a tape library, you cannot read them at tape device with another
encryption standard or with hardware encryption turned off.

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Media set is one of parameters in media pool configuration. The required tape is hardware or software protected.Media Sets Media set is a set of tapes used for continuously writing backup data. If you bring such tape online before the tape job starts. In this case. 3. Veeam Backup & Replication stores information about all tapes that belong to each media set. However. For example.0 . As a result. In some cases. and starts a new media set on it. the new data block is appended to a previous one on a tape. in this case the data will be split across tapes and you may require a larger number of tapes to get a particular backup set for restore. each week. you should balance between convenient viewing of data and efficiency of using the tapes. for the new data would be written to the same tape until it is full. which will be convenient. You can choose between the following configuration options:  Creating a new media set for each backup session. Within one media set. but the tape that was planned for writing data cannot be used. Use this option if you do not need to split your tape archives into separate sets of tapes. for example. Veeam Backup & Replication will produce a separate set of tapes for each tape backup session. it will be used as planned. it may use the tapes ineffectively as the new media sets always require a new tape. When planning media sets configuration. 4. if you need to bring certain tapes from an offsite storage location to restore data. The required tape is offline. Veeam Backup & Replication starts a new media set even if the global media pools are configured to always continue one media 51 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. This option is helpful when you have a lot of backups stored offsite. A new media set always starts with a free tape. When a tape library is failed over on these events. for example. Media sets help create distinct packs of tapes. Veeam takes a new tape. Exporting closes the current media set and starts a new one on the next job run. In library failover on the following events: library is offline and all drives are busy. you will have a separate set of tapes containing all backups that have been written to tape during a week. If the media pool is scheduled to export tapes.  Always continuing one media set. In this situation. even if media pool settings do not instruct Veeam to do so.  Starting a new media set for a certain period of time. However. 2. You can view the list of names or barcodes of tapes that are associated with a particular media set. It happens when a job starts. Always continuing one media set option is most efficient in terms of tape capacity usage. the situation may be as following: 1. This option is usually used in environments where the tapes are not exported from libraries. Media sets are used to explicitly distinguish data recorded to particular sets of tapes. Veeam forcibly starts a new media set.

the previous media set cannot be resumed.0 . 52 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. scheduled or forced. Note that if a new media set is started. set.

a backup set may require different amounts of tape space. The set of files that are archived to tape within one tape job session is a backup set.Backup Sets When a tape job runs. The tape job queues the files and writes them to tape. it may take several tapes. if the amount of data is large.0 . 53 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Depending on size and number of archived files. it analyzes disk storage and spots files that match the tape job parameters. For example.

54 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.0 . modify or delete service media pools. You cannot create. These include tapes identified by the tape catalog job. This media pool also contains cleaning tapes.Service Media Pools Service media pools sorts tapes and manage their free capacity for writing data. The following predefined media pools can be created:  Free — a media pool containing empty tapes. This media pool may also contain tapes with some mechanical breakdown. Service media pools are automatically created by Veeam Backup & Replication when needed. You can use this media pool to replenish user-created pools with new tapes when needed.  Unrecognized — a media pool containing tapes that were loaded to tape device.  Imported — a media pool containing non-empty tapes. They need further identification by user that can be done by running the inventory or catalog job.  Retired — a media pool containing retired tapes that reached the maximal number of re-writes.

55 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. The GFS jobs require GFS media pools. A tape allocated to a simple media pool will always be tied to its media pool. You can create as many simple media pools as you need.  Export tapes to vault. Veeam Backup & Replication places it automatically to the media pool where the tape was written. When you bring a tape with expired data online. With parallel processing enabled.Simple Media Pools Simple media pools are target destinations for backup to tape and file to tape jobs. One media pool can be target for unlimited number of tape jobs.  Encrypt the data written to tapes.  Enable parallel processing: you can allow the media pool to use multiple tape drives simultaneously for writing data to tape.  Create media sets: media sets allow you to create sets of tapes with data for a particular time period. the media pool can process simultaneously several tape jobs or split the data within one tape job across tape drives. You can apply the following rules:  Configure tape replenishment: you can allocate some particular tapes or let the media pool take a free tape when required. Such rules are further applied to every tape that belongs to this media pool. For each simple media pool. see GFS Media Pools. For details.  Set the data retention period: this setting lets you choose the period for which the data on tapes will be protected from overwriting. you can configure rules.0 . The simple media pools manage empty (or available for overwriting) tapes to allow the tape jobs write data.

right-click the Media Pools node and choose Add Media Pool. define basic description for the new media pool. For more details. enter a description of the new media pool. use the New Media Pool wizard. Step 1. directly from the New Backup to Tape Job wizard and New File to Tape Job wizard.0 . TIP: You can also launch the New Media Pool wizard when configuring tape jobs (that is. Specify Media Pool Name At the Name step of the wizard. 1. The default description contains information about the user who created the media pool. Step 2. do either of the following:  Open the Tape Infrastructure view and click Add Media Pool on the ribbon.  Open the Tape Infrastructure view. 2. see Creating Backup to Tape Jobs and Creating File to Tape Jobs. date and time when the media pool was created. This section will guide you through all steps of the wizard and provide explanation on available options. Launch the New Media Pool Wizard To run the New Media Pool wizard. enter a name for the created media pool.Creating Simple Media Pools To create a simple media pool. In the Description field. 56 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. In the Name field.

ensure the following:  Select at least one failover event.Step 3. The list contains the tape libraries managed by this Veeam backup server. Select the events on which the media pool must fail over to the next library:  Library is offline. The first library will be the primary.  Add two or more tape libraries to failover list. NOTE: To enable failover.  All tape drives are busy. To allocate specific tapes from the library.  No media available. To add multiple libraries to the media pool. You can select any tape devices that are managed by this Veeam backup server even if they are connected to different tape servers. 2. Use Up and Down buttons to position the libraries in order they must fail over. This field is disabled if multiple libraries are managed by this media pool. If it is still not available. 1. Configure tape library failover settings. you can configure global media pool settings and allocate tapes for the pool. Add Tapes to Media Pool At the Tapes step of the wizard. In the Manage Libraries window. click Manage. click the Add in the Tapes field and select tapes that should be added to the media pool. select the library from which the tapes will be allocated for the media pool. In case of a failover event. click Add and select libraries that you want to add. the media pool fails over to the next library as defined. 3. On the next backup session. Veeam Backup & Replication will try to switch back to the primary library.0 . Veeam Backup & Replication will switch to the next library from the list. In the Tape library field. 57 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.

With this option enabled. the job will pause and prompt the backup administrator to add new tapes to the media pool. The capacity and free space on the allocated tapes will be displayed in the bottom right corner. The default variables are #%id% (the number of the media set) and %date% (the date of creation of the media set). Allocated tapes will be reserved for the created media pool. 'January')  %year% — the year of creation of the media set 58 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.0 . define the pattern according to which created media set(s) will be named. for example. You can additionally use the following variables:  %time% — the time of creation of the media set  %day% — the day in month on which the media set is created  %dayofweek% — the day of week on which the media set is created  %month% — the month of creation of the media set (the month is shown as a name. In the Media set name field. additional tapes will be allocated from the Free media pool when needed. when a tape job uses all available tapes from this media pool. 4. If the option is disabled. see Media Sets. select the Add tapes from Free media pool automatically when more tapes are required check box. That is. For details. Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically add the required number of tapes from the Free media pool to let the job complete. Step 4. other media pools will not be able to use these tapes. To make the media pool replenishable. specify rules for creating media sets. Specify Media Set Options At the Media Set step of the wizard.

This setting must accord with the retention policy specified for the backup chain that you plan to archive to tape. each subsequent backup session will write its backup set to the existing media set: it will append backup content to the content that was written to tape with a previous backup session. If this option is selected. '01' for January). 59 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.  Daily at. You can select one of the following options: • Do not protect data (cyclically overwrite tapes as required). however. The following options are available:  Do not create. a new media set will be created for each new backup session. In the Automatically create new media set section. Step 5. For details. always continue using current media set. a backup set is started with a new tape.  %job% — the name of job for which the media set is created  %monthnumeric% — the month of creation of the media set (the month is shown as a number. Specify Retention Settings At the Retention step of the wizard.0 . data on tapes will be preserved for the specified period.  Create new media set for every backup session. When this period is over. If this option is selected. see Data Retention. If this option is selected. if at the end of the week you send weekly media sets to offsite storage. starting with the tape that stores the oldest archive. for example. Each backup session will write its backup set starting with a new tape. For details on disk retention. specify conditions for creating new media sets on tapes allocated to the media pool. starting with the tape that stores the oldest archive. tapes allocated to the pool will be overwritten. • Protect data for (time interval). Veeam Backup & Replication will create a new media set for it. you can specify day and time when new media sets should be created. tapes will be overwritten. If this option is selected. If. specify the retention settings for the tapes in this media pool. If this option is selected. For example. see Tape Data Retention. you can schedule creation of new media sets at the beginning of each week.

Select the Enable parallel processing for tape jobs using this media pool check box if you want to process multiple tape jobs simultaneously. NOTE: If at the previous step you selected the Do not create. you can set automatic moving tapes to a media vault when they are brought offline. always continue using current media set option. If you want to use multiple drives simultaneously to process multiple source backup chains within the tape jobs. If the vault is not added yet. From the Vault list. Veeam Backup & Replication will pause the job and prompt the backup administrator to add new tapes to the media pool. see Tape Parallel Processing. For more information. Step 6. To enable this option: 1. select the Use encryption check box. If there is not enough tape capacity for the archiving job to complete. data on tapes will not be overwritten. you can enable parallel processing and encryption. If this option is selected. Set the maximum number of drives that the media pool can use in parallel. Add Optional Media Pool Settings At the Options step of the wizard. select the Enable parallel processing of backup chains within a single job check box. Select Move all offline tapes from this media pool into the following media vault check box. • Never overwrite data. click Add New to open the New Media Vault wizard. To enable encryption. 2. keep in mind that the retention period for such media sets starts after the first tape in the media set becomes full. In the Offline media tracking section. This option allows you to encrypt the content of files or backups archived to tapes in the media pool.0 . select the media vault where you want to automatically move the tapes. 2. 60 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. 1.

see Tape Jobs Encryption. You can also click Add or use the Manage passwords link to add a password.0 . you will need to specify two passwords:  Password for the media pool  Password for the source backup job Step 7. If the source job produces encrypted backups. For more information. the data on tape will be encrypted twice. To decrypt such tape backups. 61 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. and you enable encryption in the properties of the media pool. Finish Working with the Wizard Review the media pool settings and click Finish to complete the wizard. select a password you want to use to encrypt data written to tape. From the Password field. A new media pool will be available under the Tape Infrastructure > Media Pools node in the Tape Infrastructure view.

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You can disable any media set or sets if you do not need them.0 . or Grandfather-Father-Son rotation scheme. but not to both types simultaneously. A GFS media pool can be target for unlimited number of GFS tape jobs. GFS media pool keeps four predefined media sets for storing the VM backups with a tiered retention policy scheme:  Weekly  Monthly  Quarterly  Yearly. For details. A tape job targeted to a GFS media pool produces only full backups by the GFS schedule. create two tape jobs processing the same VM. 63 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. If you want to have both GFS and simple retention backups for some VMs. see GFS Backup to Tape. NOTE: You can target a tape job to a simple media pool or a GFS media pool. GFS media pool cannot be used for incremental backup. Thus.GFS Media Pools The GFS media pools are special media pools that store data to tape according to the GFS. Target one of these jobs to a GFS media pool and the other to a simple media pool. The GFS media pools are targets for GFS tape jobs.

date and time when the media pool was created. directly from the New Backup to Tape Job wizard.Creating GFS Media Pools To create a GFS media pool. do either of the following: • Open the Tape Infrastructure view and click Add GFS Media Pool on the ribbon. In the Description field. For details. use the New GFS Media Pool wizard. This section will guide you through all steps of the wizard and provide explanation on available options. right-click the Media Pools node and choose Add GFS Media Pool. enter a name for the created media pool. define basic description for the new GFS media pool. TIP: You can also launch the New GFS Media Pool wizard when configuring backup to tape jobs (that is. The default description contains information about the user who created the media pool. enter a description of the new media pool. 64 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Step 2. 1. • Open the Tape Infrastructure view. Launch the New GFS Media Pool Wizard To run the New GFS Media Pool wizard. In the Name field. Step 1.0 . see Creating Backup to Tape Jobs. Specify Media Pool Name At the Name step of the wizard. 2.

The capacity and free space on the allocated tapes will be displayed in the bottom right corner. The first library will be the primary. The list contains the tape libraries managed by this Veeam backup server. To make the media pool replenishable. other media pools will not be able to use these tapes. Add Tapes to Media Pool At the Tapes step of the wizard. 65 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. In the Manage Libraries window. ensure the following:  Select at least one failover event. click Add and select libraries that you want to add to the media pool. You can select any tape devices that are managed by this Veeam backup server even if they are connected to different tape servers. click Manage.  All tape drives are busy. This field is disabled if multiple libraries are managed by this media pool. To allocate specific tapes from the library. Allocated tapes will be reserved for the created media pool.Step 3. select the Add tapes from Free media pool automatically when more tapes are required check box. In the Tape library field. select the library from which the tapes will be allocated for the media pool.  No media available.  Add two or more tape libraries to failover list. NOTE: To enable failover. you can select tape libraries and allocate tapes for the pool.0 . To add multiple libraries to the media pool. Select the events on which the media pool must fail over to the next library:  Library is offline. Use Up and Down buttons to position the libraries in order they must fail over. click the Add in the Tapes field and select tapes that should be added to the media pool.

additional tapes will be allocated from the Free media pool when needed. Click Advanced to configure the advanced media set options. NOTE: If you want to disable any media set(s). quarterly and yearly.0 . If the option is disabled. you can set the data retention period. a separate media set is created for each backup cycle: weekly. No backups will be stored to the media set with zero retention period. the job will pause and prompt the backup administrator to add new tapes to the media pool. when a backup to tape or file to tape job uses all available tapes from this media pool. Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically add the required number of tapes from the Free media pool to let the job complete. That is. For each media set. monthly. Specify Media Set Options In the GFS media pool. Step 4. The retention period indicates for how long the data is protected from overwriting. set their retention period to 0 (zero).With this option enabled. 66 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.

Step 5. Specify Advanced Media Set Options

You can granularly configure rules for each media set.

At the GFS Media Set step of the wizard, click Advanced. Select the Weekly tab to configure the weekly media set.

1. If you want the Weekly media set to span a number of selected tapes, click Add and select tapes that should be added to the
media set. You can select from tapes added to the media pool at the Tapes step of the wizard. The selected tapes will be displayed
in the Weekly media set field.

This option is useful is you want the media set to use some particular user-defined tapes. Otherwise, you can use the Add tapes
from media pool automatically option.

2. In the Media set suffix field, define the pattern according to which the created media set will be named.

3. Select the Add tapes from media pool automatically check box to allow the media set to take a tape from the media pool when
required.

4. Select Append backup files to incomplete tapes if you want to write the next backup set to the tape where the previous backup
set was written. Otherwise, Veeam will use a new tape for each backup set.

5. You can set automatic moving tapes to a media vault when they are brought offline. To enable this option:

• Select Move all offline tapes from this media pool into the following media vault check box.

• From the list of vaults, select the media vault where you want to automatically move the tapes.

• If the vault is not added yet, click Add New to open the New Media Vault wizard.

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NOTE:
Tapes written in this media set will always be used by this media set. Other media sets will not be able to use these tapes even after the data expires.

The monthly, quarterly and yearly backup cycles use the same settings as the weekly backup cycle.

Step 6. Add Optional Media Pool Settings

At the Options step of the wizard, you can enable encryption.

Select the Use encryption check box. This option allows you to encrypt the content of files or backups archived to tapes in the media pool.

From the Password field, select a password you want to use to encrypt backups or files archived to tape. You can also click Add or use the
Manage passwords link to add a password. For more information, see Tape Jobs Encryption.

If the source job produces encrypted backups, and you enable encryption in the properties of the media pool, the data on tape will be
encrypted twice. To decrypt such tape backups, you will need to specify two passwords:

• Password for the GFS media pool

• Password for the source job

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Step 7. Finish Working with the Wizard

Review the media pool settings and click Finish to complete the wizard.

A new media pool will be available under the Tape Infrastructure > Media Pools node in the Tape Infrastructure view.

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Open the Tape Infrastructure view. 2. You can move tapes between simple and GFS media pools. Next. IMPORTANT! When you move a tape to any media pool. you can right-click selected tapes and choose Move to Media Pool. and from and to the Free media pool. Unrecognized or Retired media pools. Alternatively.0 . 3. Veeam Backup & Replication marks this tape as free. choose the target media pool from the list. Select tapes you want to move and click Move to on the ribbon. you need to switch the protection off first. You cannot manually move tapes to Imported. To move tapes from one media pool to another: 1. To move such tapes. Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media > Online.Moving Tapes to Another Media Pool Veeam Backup & Replication allows you to move tapes between media pools. NOTE: You cannot move tapes that are protected. 70 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Choose the target media pool from the list.

3. Navigate to the Media Pool node. Right-click the necessary media pool and choose Properties. 5. 71 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. To modify media pool settings: 1. Go through the Edit Media Pool wizard to change the necessary settings.Modifying Media Pools If necessary. 2. select a media pool and click Edit Media Pool on the ribbon.0 . service media pools cannot be modified. Alternatively. Apply changes. Limitations for Modifying Media Pools You can modify only simple or GFS media pools. you can modify settings of a media pool. 4. Open the Tape Infrastructure view.

72 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. The data will remain on tapes until you choose to erase it manually. the tapes will be marked as free. Alternatively.Removing Media Pools If you no longer need a simple or a GFS media pool. In the displayed dialog box. If you do not need the data on tapes. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. Navigate to the Media Pool node. you can remove it: 1. see Moving Tapes to Another Media Pool. The media set number and the media set expiration date are inherited and remain for user information. its tapes are moved to the Imported media pool. 2. 4. click OK to confirm deletion. The Imported media pool does not have any retention settings. Right-click the necessary media pool and choose Remove Media Pool from the shortcut menu. you need to point corresponding jobs to other simple or GFS media pools. select a media pool and click Remove Media Pool on the ribbon. Limitations for Removing Media Pools • You can remove only simple or GFS media pools. In this case.0 . You can use the tapes in the Imported media pool for restore operations. 3. service media pools cannot be removed. The tapes in the Imported media pool are never overwritten as they are not used by any jobs. • You cannot remove a media pool that is used in a backup to tape or file to tape job. you can move the imported tapes to the Free media pool or any other media pool. To remove such media pool. When you remove a media pool. For more information. The data on the tapes is not erased.

NOTE: You can work with tape vaults if Veeam Backup & Replication Enterprise license or higher is installed on the Veeam backup server. For example. Media vaults visualize information about tapes. You can also move the tapes from one media vault to another.0 . When you transport the physical tapes to the offsite storage. you need to create one or more of them. Vaults are not limited to any original location of tapes: you can place tapes from different libraries and media pools to one media vault. You can virtually move tapes to the vaults grouping them by any criteria. This will allow you to have convenient representation of the list of tapes in each of your physical storages. When you remove a tape from the Veeam backup server. you can accordingly move the offline tapes to a vault in your Veeam backup console mirroring the physical storage. you can create a media vault for each of them. such as library and media pool. data written to tapes and retention terms for it.Media Vaults Media vaults are logical containers that help you to additionally organize offline tapes. it is automatically deleted from the vault. They store information about original location of tapes. Tapes can be moved to a vault automatically if you instruct media pools to move tapes to a selected vault after the tapes go offline. When the tapes are recorded and moved offsite. Tapes will not be shown in their vault when you bring them online. 73 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. To start working with vaults. Vaults are virtual container. The tapes that have been moved to a vault stay visible in their media pools and under the Offline node. and do not require any physical resources. if you have a number of offsite storages for physical tapes. you need to have easy ways to manage data on such tapes.

0 . In the Name field. enter a name for the created media vault. TIP: You can also launch the New Media Vault wizard when configuring media pools (that is. 1. right-click the Tape Infrastructure node and choose Add Media Vault. 2. If you have no vaults created. For more information. you should define basic description for the new media vault. This section will guide you through all steps of the wizard and provide explanation on available options. directly from the New Media Pool or New GFS Media Pool wizard. To add a media vault.  Open the Tape Infrastructure view.Creating Media Vaults Created media vaults are shown under the Vaults node. follow the next steps: Step 1. 74 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. In the Description field. see Creating Simple Media Pools or Creating GFS Media Pools. Specify Media Vault Name At the Name step of the wizard. the Vaults node will not be shown. 3. see Tape Protection. do either of the following:  Open the Tape Infrastructure view and select the Tape Infrastructure node. The default description contains information about the user who created the media pool. Launch the New Media Vault Wizard To run the New Media Vault wizard. If you want to set overwrite protection ta all tapes in this media vault. For more details. Step 2. date and time when the media pool was created. select the Protect all tapes moved to this media vault automatically check box. To create a new media vault. enter a description of the new media vault. Click Add Media Vault on the ribbon. use the New Media Vault wizard.

Finish Working with the Wizard Review the media vault settings and click Finish to complete the wizard.0 . 75 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.Step 3.

3. Navigate to the Vaults node. Alternatively.Modifying Media Vaults To modify media vault settings: 1. Go through the Edit Media Vault wizard to change the necessary settings. Right-click the necessary media vault and choose Properties. 4. 5.0 . 2. 76 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. Apply changes. select a media vault and click Edit Vault on the ribbon.

Select a media vault and click Remove Vault on the ribbon. To be able to remove such vault. 2. Alternatively. To be able to remove such media vault. you can see it in its media pool or under Media > Offline node. 4. you can right-click the necessary media vault in the working area and choose Remove Vault. To remove a media vault: 1. first edit settings of the corresponding media pool and remove a reference to this media vault. When you remove a tape from the vault. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. you can remove it.0 . 3. Mind the following limitation:  You cannot remove a media vault that contains tapes.  You cannot remove a media vault that has a reference to any media pool. click OK to confirm deletion. In the displayed dialog box. Navigate to the Vaults node.Removing Media Vaults If you no longer need a media vault. 77 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. first move tapes from this vault to other media vaults or remove them from the vault.

Moving Tapes to Vault Recorded tapes can be moved to a vault. 2. To move the tapes manually: 1. In This Section  Moving tapes to vault manually  Automatic vaulting for simple media pools  Automatic vaulting for GFS media pools Moving Tapes to Vault Manually You can move only tapes that contain data and that are offline. Go to the Retention step of the Edit Media Pool wizard. Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media > Offline. You can move the tapes manually or instruct the relevant media pool to place the tapes to a vault automatically. select Move all offline tapes from this media pool into the following media vault. 4. Navigate to the Media Pools node 3. you can view tape information. In the working area. In the vault. you can still view them under the Offline node or in the media pool. 3. Open the Tape Infrastructure view 2. right-click the tapes you want to move and select Move to Vault. Alternatively. Note that moving tapes to a vault automatically will not be available if you select Do not protect data (cyclically overwrite tapes as required) option as a data retention policy. Select the needed vault from the drop-down list. 78 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Automatic Vaulting for Simple Media Pools To set the automatic placing of tapes to a vault. including data written to tape and data retention settings. Choose the vault you need. To configure a simple media pool: 1. If the tapes are placed to a vault. Select the media pool you want to customize. 5. you can right-click the media pool and select Properties. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. you need to configure the media pool where the target tapes are recorded. Click Edit Media Pool on the ribbon.0 . In the Offline media tracking field.

see Creating Media Vaults. Click Edit Media Pool on the ribbon. Automatic Vaulting for GFS Media Pools Vaulting of GFS tapes is set for media sets individually.0 . Select a tab with the needed media set and select Move all offline tapes into the following media vault. 3. Open the Tape Infrastructure view . To change a media set configuration: 1. 79 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Select the needed vault from the drop-down list. 2. 4. For more details. you can click the Add New button and create a new media vault without closing the job wizard. Select the GFS media pool you want to customize. Go to the GFS Media Set step of the Edit Media Pool wizard and click Advanced. TIP: If you have not previously created a media vault. Navigate to the Media Pools node. Alternatively. you can right-click the media pool and select Properties.

see Creating Media Vaults. For more details. 80 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. TIP: If you have not previously created a media vault.0 . you can click the Add New button and create a new media vault without closing the job wizard.

Select the vault you need. In the working area. they are still available in the Offline list or in their media pool. right-click the tapes you want to move and select Move to Vault. When you remove tapes from a vault. In the working area. you can move them to another vault or remove from vault. 2. Open the Tape Infrastructure view and select the Vaults node. To move tapes to another vault: 1. right-click the tapes you want to remove and select Remove from Vault. 81 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.Managing Tapes in Vault When you have tapes placed to vaults.0 .  A tape is marked as free. Open the Tape Infrastructure view and select the Vaults node. The tapes are removed from vault automatically in the following situations:  A tape comes online. To remove tape from vault: 1.  A tape is removed from catalog. Select the target vault. Select the vault where the needed tapes are stored. It will re-appear in the vault when it goes offline if it was not erased or overwritten. 2.

0 . for example. the following operations are prohibited for them:  Appending data to tapes  Erasing tapes  Marking tapes as free  Removing tapes from catalog. you need to switch the protection off first. 82 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. online or offline. When the tapes are protected. erasing or appending data to protected tape. that contains data. You can set protection for any tape. If the media pool retention expired during the time the tape was protected. To perform these operations. You can remove the protection at any time. contain particularly valuable data. the tape will be queued for overwriting.Tape Protection Tape protection is a software option that prohibits overwriting. If the offline tape is in a media vault. The tape will return to the retention period set by the media pool. You can protect individual tapes that. the media vault will update the Protected status for this tape automatically. The retention of other tapes in the media pool is not modified. Tape protection overrides retention settings of the media pool.

You cannot protect free (empty) tapes. Protection option sets lifelong retention period for the selected tapes overriding the retention settings of the media pool. you can right-click selected tapes and choose Protect from the shortcut menu. To enable protection: 1. You can set protection for both online or offline tapes that contain data. 2. you can protect them. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. you need to switch the protection off first. If the tapes are protected. 3.0 . Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media > Online. 83 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. The retention settings will be changed to the value set for the media pool. they cannot be erased or marked as free by Veeam Backup & Replication or manually. The protection can be switched off at any time. IMPORTANT! You can protect only tapes that contain data. Alternatively. To erase such tape. Select tapes you want to protect and click Protect on the ribbon.Protecting Tapes If you have a number of tapes for which you need to change the retention to 'never overwrite'.

it will expire when the backup set with the longest retention period expires. the virtual full mechanism is enabled automatically. you can select if this modification works for tapes that will be written after you apply this change or also to tapes that are already recorded. You can change the retention at any time. Such tapes will be queued for overwriting. The tape jobs analyze the existing tape archives and synchronize them with disk backups. NOTE: If you choose to set a shorter retention period and apply the retention settings to all tapes. or use the protection option. To set the retention policy. When you change the retention policy. During the retention period. if the media pool retention allowed overwriting of these tapes). Veeam Backup & Replication will start recording the whole set of backup files from the backup repository to tape anew. Keep in mind that the virtual full backup must be always newer than the full backup on disk. overwriting backup files on tape with their copies from the backup repository. you must always set the retention period for the tape archive not less than the retention period for backups on disk. Be careful when applying a new retention policy in order not to lose any data you need. Retention period is set by user for media pool and is applied to all tapes in this media pool. see Virtual Full Backup. you can set any retention period for the tape archive. For details.Tape Data Retention Data retention period is a period of time when data written to tapes is protected from overwriting. you can choose between the following options:  Never overwrite data  Define a particular time period to protect data  Not to protect data at all. some of your tapes may immediately become outdated. see Tape Protection. To back up such chains.0 . there are 14 backup files on the backup repository that are kept for 14 days. The backup to tape job archives files once a week. For example. Veeam Backup & Replication will first write 14 backup files from the backup repository to tape. the retention settings of the recorded tapes will change immediately and will be applied to tapes that are both online and offline. 84 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Otherwise. the tape job will copy the full backup from disk and synthesize the virtual full within one backup set. For details. In this case. The retention policy for the media pool is set to 7 days. If you have some restore points on disk and the tape archive misses them (for example. After a 7-day interval. see Retention Policy section in Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide. If a tape contains several backup sets. Veeam Backup & Replication will not overwrite data on tape. When the source job produces a forever forward incremental backup chain. For more information. the tape job will re-write all missing restore points. Tape Retention and Disk Retention For forward incremental and reverse incremental backup chains. In the latter case.

you can re-load it back to the library.  If the expired tape is offline. The expired tape can be used only by the same media pool unless you erase the tape manually or move it to another media pool. it will be overwritten next time a tape job requires a free tape. 85 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Tapes that were written in particular media pool will be automatically placed to the same media pool unless you move the tape to another media pool or erase the tape manually.0 .Managing Outdated Tapes The tapes containing outdated data are handled in the following way:  If the expired tape is online. The tapes are rewritten by the FIFO method.

tape archives are static: tape jobs cannot rebuild backups once they are written to tape. When the tape job starts. This day indicates the day for which you want to synthesize full backup of the source VMs.Virtual Full Backup Virtual full allows you to backup up forever forward incremental backup chains to tape. If it does. the standard backup to tape scheme (archiving new restore points during each tape session) cannot be used: the tape archive would have one full backup and an endless chain of increments all of which would be required for restore. Veeam Backup & Replication uses the virtual full. On Saturday. You can schedule the virtual full on a specific day (or days) of week. you cannot create more than one virtual full a day. you can set Friday as the virtual full day. Unlike disk backups. The virtual full is enabled automatically if the source job has no scheduled full backups. The periodic fulls split the forever incremental backup chain into shorter series of files that can be effectively stored to tapes. Also. You can customize the virtual full schedule according to your needs. and schedule the tape job to run on Saturday. To adapt the forever forward incremental chains to tapes. it synthesizes the source VMs state as they were on the chosen day. Each series contains one synthesized full backup and a set of increments. The virtual full does not require additional repository disk space: it is synthesized directly on tape on the fly. To build such full backup.0 . The virtual full mechanism creates a periodic synthesized full backup on tape. 86 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. The tape job will not run on Friday. if no backup is available for Friday. the older ones are injected into the full. Veeam Backup & Replication uses backup files that are already stored on the backup repository. the tape job will copy blocks of data to reconstruct the state of the VMs as they were on Friday (or. Also. The forever forward incremental chain always keeps on disk one full backup followed by a fixed number of increments. although you cannot disable the virtual full if you back up the forever forward incremental backup chain. The full backup is constantly rebuilt: as new increments appear. For example. NOTE: The source job configuration must not have scheduled synthetic or active full backups. when the tape job runs. the closest day preceding Friday). Such series are convenient for restore: you will need to load to the tape device only those tapes that are part of one series. The virtual full does not necessary need to be scheduled on the day when the tape job runs. the virtual full will be disabled even if configured in the tape job.

the tape job will copy it and will not create a virtual full. On Saturday. To create a virtual full backup. Using these pointers. an active full backup created manually). Veeam Backup & Replication uses a small temporary file of the VSB (Veeam Synthetic Backup) format. it copies new increments and creates virtual fulls regularly. The VSB file does not contain backup data. it copies the full backup from disk only once. the tape job detects these blocks and writes them to tape. NOTE: If the source backup chain contains a full backup that was created on the virtual full day (for example. 3. On the day the tape job runs. or. 2. it contains pointers to data blocks inside files of the backup chain on disk that are required to build a full backup as for the needed day. At the end of the tape job session. the tape job picks data blocks from the full backup on Tuesday and the subsequent increments up to Friday. 87 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. next to restore points in the backup chain. the VSB file is removed from the backup repository. Using these blocks. the tape job synthesizes a virtual full that represents the VM state as of Friday. According to the VSB file pointers.vbk). if archiving of increments is disabled.How Virtual Full Backup Works When the tape job archives the forever incremental backup chain. the tape job detects what backup chain and what data blocks on disk are required to synthesize a full backup. To create a virtual full backup.0 .  The tape job is scheduled on Saturday with a virtual full on Friday. and writes these blocks to tape as a full backup file (. For example:  The source backup job creates an increment every day. it creates a VSB file and stores it on the backup repository. the tape job performs the following operations: 1. After that. creates only virtual fulls.

because of a hardware breakdown. For example. Missing Source Backups The source chain may not contain an increment on the virtual full day. If there are many increments. The source chain may have missing backups because of the following reasons:  The source job does not run on the virtual full day. network inaccessibility or if the source job was disabled by the user for some time. In this case. The tape job will use the last valid backups for these VMs and create the virtual full up to the latest valid restore point. To create a new virtual full. To synthesize a new virtual full. for example.  The end of the interval is midnight after the virtual full day. 88 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. it analyzes the tape archive and detects the date of the last virtual full on tape.  The source job fails to produce increments for a number of days. In this case. the tape job needs at least one increment created in this interval.  Some VMs in the source job have corrupted backups. if the source backup closest to the virtual full day was on Tuesday. the tape job uses a backup that is closest to the virtual full day within the virtual full interval. the tape job will not create a virtual full for this period. No Backups in the Virtual Full Interval The source job may not produce any backups after the previous full backup day. the tape job needs restore points that were created in the following interval:  The start of the interval is midnight after the last virtual full was created (the end of tape writing session). the tape job will synthesize a virtual full that represents the VM state as of Tuesday.0 . the tape job builds a virtual full up to the most recent increment within the interval.  The tape job has multiple source jobs scheduled on different days. Some of the source jobs does not create a backup on the virtual full day.Virtual Full Intervals When the tape job needs to create a new virtual full.

0 . For example. if you start the tape job manually off-schedule. 89 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. IMPORTANT! The virtual full cannot be forced before it's scheduled day. it will not create the virtual full if the virtual full day is in future.

This option is available for backup to tape and file to tape jobs. the Tape job D takes the drive and starts writing data. you can use drives simultaneously for writing data to tape. the first queued job takes the drive. they are queued. To enable the tape parallel processing. When one of the jobs finishes and releases its drive.Tape Parallel Processing If your tape library has multiple drives. 90 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. When one of the jobs finishes and releases its drive. The tape jobs start. For example:  You set the maximum number of drives to 3. For details. the media pool assigns a drive to each running tape job. Add Optional Media Pool Settings. B and C occupy 3 drives to write data to tape. you can process up to 3 tape jobs at the same time. configure options of media pool. and jobs A. This option is useful if you have a lot of tape jobs running at the same time or you have a lot of data that must be written to tape in a limited backup window. To process the tape data parallelly. set a maximum number of drives that can be used for simultaneous data processing. NOTE: You cannot enable parallel processing for GFS media pools.0 .  4 tape jobs start at the same time. The Tape job D is queued and waits. In the media pool setting. For parallel processing. you can utilize multiple drives of one tape device. For example. see Step 6. you can split the data across drives in 2 ways:  Parallel processing for tape jobs  Parallel processing for source chains of one (or more) tape jobs Processing Tape Jobs Simultaneously When you process tape jobs parallelly. If you have more jobs running at the same time. if you set 3 drives as the maximum.

the third source job from the Tape job B occupies Drive 1. When one of the drives is released. If a tape job has only 1 source job. For example:  You set the maximum number of drives to 3. 91 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. it will be queued and wait until Tape job A finishes. the fourth source job takes the drive and starts writing data. see Per-VM Backup Files section in Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide. Both tape jobs start at the same time. the media pool processes several per-VM backup chains simultaneously. the media pool processes several source jobs simultaneously. Tape job B occupies 2 other available drives and processes 2 source jobs. If the source jobs produce per-VM backups. This option is available for backup to tape jobs only. Tape job A starts. Tape job A occupies Drive 1. For example:  You set the maximum number of drives to 3. For more information about per-VM backup files. Tape job A finishes and releases Drive 1. it is processed as 1 source. Tape job B has 3 source jobs. and occupies 3 drives to process 3 source jobs.0 . If another tape job starts. The fourth source job is queued and waits.  Tape job A has 4 source jobs.  Tape job A has 1 source job.Processing Backup Chains Simultaneously When you select processing backup chains parallelly.

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Further. they may have identical sequence number and time of creation. always continue using current media set option. TIP: When multiple media sets open simultaneously. always continue using current media set option  Parallel processing with Create new media set for every backup session option  Parallel processing with Daily at option You can edit the media pool settings at any time. To distinguish between the media sets easily. it chooses a tape that has most free space. The tape jobs that are first to run start 3 media sets. The media sets are opened according to media set options configured for the media pool:  Parallel processing with Do not create.  If you increase the number of drives. For example.Media Sets Created with Parallel Processing With parallel processing. the media pool will use these media sets according to rules described above. use the %id% variable in the media set name. you set the maximum number of drives to 3. a separate media set is opened per each drive used. and appends data to it. Parallel Processing with Do Not Create. The next time a tape job starts. the media pool will open new media set(s) per each added drive. The media set(s) that become excessive will be closed. and increase or reduce the maximum number of drives:  If you reduce the number or drives.0 . a media set is opened per each drive during the first tape session. NOTE: The media pool must have an available tape for each drive. Parallel Processing with Create New Media Set for Every Backup Session Option 93 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. This variable is added to the media set name by default. The following tape sessions continue these 3 media sets appending data to them. the media pool will use fewer drives for the next writing session. Always Continue Using Current Media Set Option When the media pool is set to the Do not create.

a media set is opened per each drive for every writing session. If tape jobs run twice or more before the scheduled day. they continue these media sets — in this case. Note that this configuration is the most tape-consumptive. the jobs use tapes that have most free space first. a number of media sets (per each drive) is opened on the scheduled day. 94 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Each media set uses a free tape.0 . they open a number of media sets anew.When the media pool is set to the Create new media set for every backup session option. When the jobs run the next time. Parallel Processing with Daily at Option When the media pool is set to Daily at option.

NOTE: Backup to tape jobs can process only agent backup jobs that are targeted to a backup repository. 95 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. keep in mind that the last restore point of the backup copy job stays active until the next restore point is created. Jobs as Source The following jobs can be source for tape jobs:  VMware backup jobs  Hyper-V backup jobs  VMware backup copy jobs  Hyper-V backup copy jobs  Windows Agent backup jobs  Linux Agent backup jobs  Windows Agent backup copy jobs  Linux Agent backup copy jobs. you need to create and run tape jobs. For more information. You can archive VM backups and Veeam agent computers (physical machines) to tape. once a week) and splits the chain into short series of tapes which is more convenient for restore. For this reason. it creates a copy of the disk backup chain. the tape job is updated automatically: it adds new machines to the list of machines to archive or stops archiving machines that were removed from source jobs. When a backup to tape job runs. the tape job uses the virtual full.  Forward incremental backup method When the tape job backs up the forward incremental chain to tape.0 . The virtual full creates a synthetic full backup on tape regularly (for example. The source jobs may use any backup method:  Forever forward incremental backup method To back up the forever forward incremental chains to tape. it does not create new backups: it locates already existing backups and copies them from backup repository to tape. If the source job is backup copy job. the backup chain on tape will be always one restore point shorter than on disk.Machines Backup to Tape To back up data to tape. The tape job does not copy such active points. You need to set the source of the tape job: jobs and/or backup repositories. because they may be updated. see Virtual Full Backup. it picks the restore points that were produced by the source jobs in period since the last tape job run. The backup to tape job is a dedicated job that archives to tape Veeam backups that were produced by Veeam backup jobs. If you change the configuration of the source jobs. When the tape job starts on it's schedule.

Note that to back up files. you need to configure file to tape job. see Linking Backup Jobs to Backup to Tape Jobs. You can set explicit backup windows for the tape job.0 . In this case. the tape job processes them in the same way as the jobs added with the Tape Job Wizard. If the source backup chain is reverse incremental. the tape job will copy the full backup each time the tape job runs.  Reverse incremental backup method The last backup in the reverse incremental backup chain is always the full backup. or if you change the configuration of such backup jobs. see File Backup to Tape. Other files will be skipped. Linking Source Jobs You can add source jobs to tape jobs at any moment: when you create a tape job. The tape job monitors the selected repository in a background mode. Mixed Jobs To one tape job. When you link jobs. If you create or remove backup jobs that use this repository. The increments are skipped. You can mix source jobs of different type: backup and backup copy. the tape job will start on the set time and archive all new restore points that were created in period since the last job run. You can add jobs and repositories as source to the same tape job. For more information. and of different platform (VMware. Hyper-V. Adding source jobs is not obligatory when you create a tape job: you can create an "empty" job and use it as a secondary destination target. you do not need to reconfigure the tape job that archives the repository. you can link an unlimited number of sources. For more information. or later. the tape job constantly scans the selected repository (or repositories) and writes the newly created backups to tape. Backup Repositories as Source When you add a repository as source to tape job. Windows Agent or Linux Agent). 96 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. IMPORTANT! The tape job looks only for the Veeam backups that are produced by backup jobs running on your console.

The Veeam Backup console displays refreshed information about backups archived to tape and shows job statistics. Veeam Backup & Replication connects to the Data Movers and starts the data transfer process. 4. 6.0 . While tape recording is performed. Veeam Backup service updates data in the Backup Catalog and Tape Catalog in Veeam Backup database. 2. 5.How Machines Backup to Tape Works When Veeam Backup & Replication executes a backup to tape job (started manually or on schedule). 97 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. The files are queued for archiving. The media pool allots tapes for writing data according to the following configuration options:  Tapes consumption  Media sets  Tape retention. 3. it performs the following operations: 1. The tape job addresses the media pool that is set for this job as target. The source Data Mover retrieves data from the backup repository and target Data Mover sends data to tape. The backup to tape job addresses the Backup Catalog in the Veeam Backup & Replication database to detect backups that match the job criteria.

Tape jobs have the following requirements for the restore points to keep setting:  A source job with forever forward incremental chain must keep not less then 3 restore points on disk. the tape job will always copy the full backup. right-click the Jobs node and select Tape Job > Backups to Tape.  If you back up to tape a reverse incremental chain.  You must check configuration of source backup job(s). With this wizard. Specify Job Name and Description At the Name step of the wizard. you can create a backup to tape job or a GFS job.  A source job with forward incremental chain must keep not less then 3 restore points on disk. you should create a backup to tape job using the New Backup To Tape Job wizard. Launch the New Backup to Tape Job Wizard To run the New Backup to Tape Job wizard. follow the next steps: Before You Begin Before you configure a backup to tape job.  A source backup copy job must keep not less then 4 restore points on disk. If the media pool has no available tape. do either of the following:  On the Home tab. To create a backup to tape job. This section will guide you through all steps of the wizard and provide explanation on available options.0 . click Tape Job and select Backups. Reverse incremental backups (VRB) are skipped from processing. 98 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Mind the following limitations:  The backup to tape job processes only VBK (full backups) and VIB files (forward incremental backups).  Open the Home view. complete the following prerequisites:  You must have Veeam Backup & Replication Enterprise license or higher is installed on the Veeam backup server. Step 1.  You must configure one or more simple media pool with the necessary media set and retention settings. the tape job will wait for 72 hours and then terminate.  Microsoft SQL Server log files (VLB) are skipped from processing. you should define basic settings for the created backup to tape job.  You must load tapes to the tape device and configure the target media pool so that it has access to them. Step 2.  A reverse incremental chain has no required minimum.Creating Backup to Tape Jobs To archive backups to tape.

In the Name field. You can choose backups from the following sources:  Backup jobs. The default description contains information about the user who created the job. 99 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. For more information. Choose Backups to Archive At the Backup Files step of the wizard. You can select backups from available backup. When a backup to tape job runs. enter a description of the created job. You can add the source later. 2. Click Add and select the necessary backups. When a backup to tape job runs. see Machines Backup to Tape. or you can link this job to a backup job. select backups that you want to write to tape with the created job.0 . you can select whole backup repositories. To learn more about sources to tape jobs. If you choose to archive data from backup repositories. enter a name for the created job. 1. Imported backups and configuration backups will be skipped from processing. TIP: This step is optional. In the Description field. Step 3. You can create a backup to tape job without source. Veeam Backup & Replication searches and archives restore points from the backups created by the selected backup jobs. the backup to tape job will process only the backups that were created with backup jobs configured on this Veeam backup server. see Linking Backup Jobs to Backup to Tape Jobs. backup copy or agent backup jobs. Using this option. date and time when the job was created.  Backup repositories. Veeam Backup & Replication searches and archives restore points from all backups stored in the chosen backup repositories.

2. Veeam Backup & Replication will display a warning informing about backup chain options. To remove a backup from the list. the tape job can copy all restore points or only the latest backup chain. This option is available in the advanced settings of the job. This option selects what backup chain will be copied on the first run of the job. To select what backup files you want to archive: 1. 3.0 . For more information. Select the necessary backup job or repository you want to add to the tape job. Click All to archive all available backup files. select it and click Remove on the right. The backup chain here means a full backup file plus a set of incremental backup files following it. You can instruct the job to copy only the latest backup chain on every tape job run. see Advanced Settings. Click Add and select Backup jobs or Backup repositories. Click Latest to archive only the latest backup chain to tape. This option is useful if the source backup job or the source backup repository has several backup chains.The total size of full backups added to the backup to tape job is displayed in the Full field. Selecting Backup Chains to Archive On the first run. The total size of incremental backups added to the backup to tape job is displayed in the Incremental field. 100 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. This options lets you have only the latest restore points written to tape and use less tape for data archiving.

1. the job schedule will change to simple or GFS accordingly.0 . see Creating Simple Media Pools or Creating GFS Media Pools. You can select a simple media pool or a GFS media pool. Choose Media Pool for Full Backups At the Full Backup step of the wizard.Step 4. Depending on the selected type. choose a media pool that will be used for archiving full backup files. 101 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. choose media pool for full backups and configure virtual full schedule for forever incremental backup chains. From the Media pool for full backups list. you can click the Add New button and create a new media pool or a GFS media pool without closing the job wizard. TIP: If you have not previously created a media pool with the required settings. For more details.

The virtual full does not depend on the job settings for incremental backups. 2. To configure the virtual full schedule. 102 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. The virtual full cannot be switched off. Veeam Backup & Replication will periodically create a virtual full backup. This option is available only if you selected a simple media pool. it is disabled automatically if the source job periodically creates active full or synthetic full backups. it will be created in any case. You can configure schedule for virtual full backup. however. To more information. see Virtual Full Backup.0 . click Schedule and select the necessary scheduling options. If you enable the virtual full for the job. no matter whether you enable or do not enable incremental backups. If the source job produces a forever incremental backup chain or is a backup copy job. You can configure the full backup schedule at this step of the wizard.

0 . you can enable or disable incremental backups processing and choose media pool for incremental backups. the backup to tape job will archive only VBK files and will skip VIB files from processing. This can be required if you use different media set or retention settings for archiving full backups and increments. see Creating Simple Media Pools. choose a media pool that will be used for incremental backups. TIP: If you have not previously created a media pool with the required settings. From the Media pool for incremental backups list. At the Incremental Backup step of the wizard. you can click the Add New button and create a new media pool without closing the job wizard. For more details. Choose Media Pool for Incremental Backups This step is available only if you selected a simple media pool as target for full backups. If this option is disabled.Step 5. 103 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. select the Archive incremental backups to tape check box. Veeam Backup & Replication allows you to choose different media pools for full backups and incremental backups. If you want to back up incremental backups to tape.

Select the Eject media upon job completion check box if the tape should be automatically ejected from the tape drive after the job successfully finishes. This option does not prevent the tape job from appending data to this tape. 2. 104 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. 1. The options are different for simple backup to tape jobs and GFS tape jobs:  Options for Backup to Tape Job  Options for GFS Tape Job Options for Backup to Tape Job This step of the wizard is available if you selected a simple media pool at the Full Backup step of the wizard. every Saturday). The tape device will eject the tapes that belong to the current media set when the media set is closed. for example. If not configured otherwise in media pool settings. Note that with this option selected. a new media set is started after each export. Select the Export current media set upon job completion check box if you want to pull out the tapes with the current media set from the tape device. to move to a storage location. this tape will be placed into a drive on the next tape job run. click Days and schedule export on the necessary days. the tape will remain in the drive. Note that if the job started and failed. specify archiving and media automation options.Step 6. Specify Archiving Options At the Options step of the wizard. If you want to export tapes on specific days only (for example.0 . The ejected tapes are placed into a free tape device slot.

for example. Select the Eject media upon job completion check box if the tape should be automatically ejected from the tape drive and placed into a free tape device slot when the job finishes. This option does not prevent the tape job from appending data to this tape. 105 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.0 . 1.Click Advanced to configure the advanced job options. Options for GFS Job This step of the wizard is available if you selected a GFS media pool at the Full Backup step of the wizard. The tape device will eject the tapes that belong to the current media set. to move to a storage location. If not configured otherwise in media pool settings. Select the Export current media set upon job completion check box if you want to pull out the tapes with the current media set from the tape device. this tape will be placed into a drive on the next tape job run. Click Advanced to configure the advanced job options. 2. Click Media sets and select the media sets that you want to export.

You can choose between the following options: • Use global notification settings: Veeam Backup & Replication will notify you according to global email notification settings specified for the Veeam backup server. You can enter several addresses separated by a semicolon. you must enable general email notifications in Veeam Backup & Replication. click Advanced. Specify Advanced Job Settings You can specify the following advanced settings for the backup to tape job:  Notifications Settings  Advanced Settings Notifications Settings At the Notifications tab. Then select the Notifications tab. IMPORTANT! To receive notifications about tape jobs status. • Use custom notification settings specified below: you can specify notification settings for tape jobs. see Specifying Email Notification Settings section in Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.Step 7. In the field below.0 . Select the Send email notifications to the following recipients check box if you want to receive notifications about tape job status. 106 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. At the Options step of the wizard. specify a recipient’s email address. For more information. you can specify notification settings for the backup to tape job.

 %VmCount%: the number of VMs in the job. • Notify when waiting for tape: Veeam Backup & Replication will notify you if the tape job cannot start because there are no available tapes.  %JobResult%: the job result. specify a notification subject. Select the occasions on which you want to receive email notifications: • Notify on success: Veeam Backup & Replication will notify you if the tape job finishes successfully. • Notify on error: Veeam Backup & Replication will notify you if the tape job fails. • Notify on warning: Veeam Backup & Replication will notify you if the tape job finishes with a warning.0 .  %Issues%: the number of VMs in the job processed with Warning or Failed status.  %TapeCount%: the number of tapes used for the tape job session. You can use the following variables in the subject:  %Time%: the time when the tape job finished. In the Subject field. 107 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.  %JobName%: the name of the tape job.

Select the Run the following script before the job and/or Run the following script after the job check boxes and click Browse to choose executable file(s).  If you select the Run on selected days only option. 3. click Advanced. TIP: After you specify necessary settings for the tape job. Advanced Settings At the Advanced tab. click Save as Default at the bottom left corner of the Advanced Settings window... Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically apply the default settings to the new job. When you create a new backup to tape job.and post-job actions after a number of job sessions or on specific week days. the tape job will back up all restore points that are not on tape. To do this. At the Options step of the wizard. 1. 108 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. click Days and specify week days on which the script(s) must be executed.  If you select the Run every. enable hardware compression or specify custom scripts that you want to run before and/or after the backup to tape job. specify the number of the job sessions after which the script(s) must be executed. backup session option. [Not available for GFS tape jobs] Select the Process latest full backup chain only check box if you want to copy only the last backup chain with each tape job run. you can save them as default settings. Disable the Use hardware compression when available check box.0 . If you disable this option. you can select what backups from the backup chain to copy. You can select to execute pre. The source backup chain consists of a full backup (active or synthetic) and subsequent increments. Select the Advanced tab. 2.

click Save as Default at the bottom left corner of the Advanced Settings window. Define the Job Schedule At the Schedule step of the wizard. To do this. Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically apply the default settings to the new job. Step 8. you can define a schedule for the job to run on a regular basis. TIP: After you specify necessary settings for the tape job. The schedule settings are different for simple backup to tape jobs and GFS tape jobs:  Schedule for Backup to Tape Job  Schedule for GFS Tape Job 109 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. When you create a new backup to tape job. you can save them as default settings.0 .

The timeout option is unavailable if you schedule the backup to tape job to run after a backup job or if you schedule the backup to tape job to start when new backups appear. You can define the following scheduling settings for the job:  Daily at this time: the tape job will run at specific time on defined week days. If this check box is not selected. Veeam Backup & Replication checks the status of the source jobs. When a backup to tape job starts. Note that in this case the source job may finish with a significant delay. To specify the job schedule. If the source job is started manually. the tape job will not terminate and will finish writing the data.Schedule for Backup to Tape Job This step of the wizard is available if you selected a simple media pool at the Full Backup step of the wizard. By default. These can be hours when backup repositories are busy with other tasks (backup jobs writing to repositories or backup copy jobs reading from repositories). In this case. the job will write this backup to tape. you can define the time interval during which the backup to tape job must not archive data.0 . • This option is not available for agent backup jobs managed by agent or for standalone agent backup jobs. the backup to tape job will wait for the specified time interval. If a source job is still writing data to the source repository. the job is supposed to be started manually. the tape job terminates with error and no data is written to tape. the source job has priority. Sometimes. This may cause a conflict if the source job needs to perform the following operations:  Merge of backup files  Reverse incremental backup transformation  Compact of full backup file. select the Run the job automatically check box. click the Schedule button and define the time when the job is allowed and prohibited to run. the source job may start when the tape job is still running. If the source job needs to perform the listed above operations. it will wait for the tape job to finish. If you have scheduled the job to run at the specific time daily or monthly.  Monthly at this time: the tape job will run at specific time monthly.  As new backup file appear: the tape job will monitor the source jobs. Choose the preceding backup job from the list. wait for up to check box and specify the new timeout. the backup to tape job will terminate without waiting for the backup job to complete. consider configuring wait timeout value. 110 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. As soon as the source job creates a new backup. Select the Prevent this job from being interrupted by source backup jobs option if you want to give the tape job a higher priority.  After this job: the tape job will start when a corresponding backup job completes. NOTE: Mind the following: • This options will only start the tape job if the source job is started automatically by schedule. If necessary. Select the If some linked backup jobs are still running. If the timeout is disabled. jobs chained to it will not be started. If this option is selected. To define prohibited time for the backup to tape job.

If this option is selected. In this case. Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically apply default settings to the new job schedule. the source job will be able to lock other per-VM restore points and perform the needed operations. you can save them as default. In this case. the source job will wait until the tape job finishes. Sometimes. the tape job gets priority for each per-VM restore point separately. the tape job terminates with error and no data is written to tape.0 . Make sure that you set sufficient timeout in the If some linked backup jobs are still running. To do this. wait for up to window to avoid the tape job failing. W hen you create a new GFS job. Click Schedule to select days for each media set. By default. The GFS job starts at 00:00 on the selected day. click Save as Default at the bottom left corner of the Archival Schedule window. NOTE: If the source job creates per-VM backups. Schedule for GFS Job This step of the wizard is available if you selected a GFS media pool at the Full Backup step of the wizard. 111 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Select the Prevent this job from being interrupted by source backup jobs option if you want to give the tape job a higher priority. Note that the source job may start with a significant delay. TIP: After you specify necessary schedule settings. the source job may start when the tape job is still running. the source job has priority.

click Create. Click Finish to close the wizard.0 . Select the Run the job when I click Finish check box if you want to start archiving backups to tape job right after you complete working with the wizard. Finish Working with the Wizard After you have specified schedule settings.Step 9. 112 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.

click Add and choose a backup to tape job to which the backup job should be linked. you can point a backup job to an existing backup to tape job using the Backup Job wizard. To point a backup job to an existing backup to tape job. you can choose the necessary jobs in the Backup to Tape Job Wizard. Select the Configure secondary destination for this job check box. For details. perform the following steps: 1.0 .Linking Backup Jobs to Backup to Tape Jobs Veeam Backup & Replication provides two options for linking backup jobs to backup to tape jobs: • If you already have backup jobs configured. 113 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. 2. see Creating Backup to Tape Jobs. At the Secondary Target step. Open the backup job settings and navigate to the Storage step. • Alternatively.

Save settings.0 . 3. Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically update backup files settings of the chosen backup to tape job. 114 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.

If the schedule for backup periods overlap. You can manually create a restore point for any backup period at any time with the Active full option. the weekly backups must be stored for 4 weeks. The job runs on days that are set in the job schedule for each period. the quarterly and the yearly backup. and the first can be deleted after the job creates the monthly backup. You can set the retention that complies with your organization's backup storage policy and meets your storage capacity. you can set the overwrite protection period.0 . For each media set. For example. quarterly and yearly. For example. and the monthly and the quarterly backups will be skipped. The GFS job copies a full backup from disk or synthesizes a virtual full backup. if "the first Sunday of January" is the date for the monthly. monthly and quarterly backups. Veeam will copy or synthesize the most recent full backup possible for the selected period. for example:  Every Sunday for the weekly backup  Every 1st Sunday of each month for the monthly backup  Every 1st Sunday of each quarter for the quarterly backup  On 1st Sunday in January for the yearly backup. only the backup for the media set with the longest retention will be archived. The GFS archive includes one yearly backup and a number of weekly. monthly. the backup is stored as weekly. Depending on the schedule. The GFS scheme stores only full backups. the GFS media pool has 4 pre- defined media sets: weekly. quarterly or yearly.GFS Backup to Tape The GFS tape job creates yearly archive for the source machines by the GFS scheme. The yearly backup must be stored for a year until it is replaced by the next yearly backup. 115 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. only the yearly backup will be stored. You can create GFS backups for VMs and Veeam agent computers (physical machines) on tape. monthly. To distinguish between these periods.

monthly. the GFS job copies it. the GFS job does not copy old restore points. When the problem is fixed. the tape library is offline. For example. and writes the full backup to the corresponding media set. the GFS job synthesizes a virtual full backup. At 00:00 of the day set in the GFS job schedule the GFS job starts and checks periodically if the source job created a backup: • If the source job creates a full backup.  If there is a technical problem.  If the GFS tape job was disabled manually for some period. If the source job did not create a new point after the last GFS job run. for example. it will try to restart every hour for 48 hours. it performs the following operations: 1. If the restore point is still locked after 7 days. quarterly or yearly. it will start again at 00:00 of the next scheduled day.  If the GFS job failed for some reason.  If you stop the tape job manually. the GFS job will wait for this restore point to become available for up to 7 days. 2. The GFS job determines the period: weekly. make sure that the source job runs at least once a week. the GFS job uses it to synthesize a virtual full backup. Note the following:  The GFS job copies only new restore points. • If the source job creates an incremental backup.0 . the tape job will copy only the first one.  If the restore point is available but locked (for example. • If no backup appears in 24 hours. if the source job is a backup copy job). If it is an increment.  If the source job creates more than one full backup in 24 hours. 116 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. the GFS job will not copy anything to tape. the GFS job looks for the most recent restore point available. the GFS job will not run. if you want weekly backups in the tape GFS archive. it will skip all backups for this period after it is resumed. The GFS job will copy only the restore point created on the day when the GFS job was linked to the source job or new restore points created later. or the backup server is down.  When you link a source job to a GFS job.How GFS Backup to Tape Works When Veeam Backup & Replication executes a GFS job. the GFS job will archive two most recent missed full backups for each media set. If it is a full backup. the GFS job copies it. the GFS job will use the most recent restore point that is not locked.

you can use any backup job with any backup method: forever forward incremental. Technically. 117 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. the job schedule automatically changes to the GFS mode. For details.Creating GFS Tape Jobs To create a GFS archive on tape. you need to create a GFS media pool and target a backup to tape job to it. When you select a GFS media pool as target. see Creating Backup to Tape Jobs. As a source. a GFS tape job is a variant of backup to tape job. forward incremental or reversed incremental.0 . NOTE: Do not use backup copy jobs with the GFS retention to create a GFS tape archive. The tape job do not archive the GFS restore points from disk.

Open the Home view. Expand the Backups > Tape node and locate the backup archive under the name of a corresponding job. you can view the created archive on tape: 1. 2.0 .Viewing Backups on Tape After the backup to tape job completes. 118 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.

To improve performance. The file to tape job compares the source files to the files stored in tape archive and copies the changes to tape. the job performance will be affected significantly. For example. you can archive backups as files using file to tape job. including physical boxes).0 . 119 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. NOTE: If the file to tape job fails to complete in 3 weeks. If your job contains an extra large number of files (like millions of files) with one job. When planning file to tape jobs. consider creating several file to tape jobs. writing a large number of small files with overall size of 10GB with one job will take more time than writing one 10GB file. you can use backup to tape jobs that are specially intended for this and offer more possibilities.File Backup to Tape File to tape job allows you to back up to tape any Microsoft Windows or Linux files. Veeam Backup & Replication supports file backup from any server which has been added as a managed server to the Veeam Backup console (that is. You can also archive files residing on NAS devices. However. You can create both full and incremental backups of files on tape. To back up Veeam backup files. it is terminated by timeout. consider that the job performance depends more on the number of files to back up then on the amount of data. Windows or Linux server.

5 GB RAM per each 1 000 000 files • Tape server: 800 MB RAM per each 1 000 000 files. 120 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. For more information.Before You Begin Before you configure a file to tape job. You must provide these resources in addition to general system requirements. the tape job will wait for 72 hours and then terminate. complete the following prerequisites:  You must configure one or more simple media pool with the necessary media set and retention settings. see System Requirements. you must provide the following system resources: • Backup server: 1.0 . If the media pool has no available tape. Processing a large number of files will result in considerable performance penalty. IMPORTANT! Do not back up to tape large number of files (over 1 000 000 files in 1 000 folders) in one tape job if your Veeam backup server uses Microsoft SQL Server Express edition. more than 1 000 000 files in 1 000 folders. for example. System Requirements for Large Number of Files in Job If the file to tape job will process large quantities of files.  You must load tapes to the tape device and configure the target media pool so that it has access to them.

While tape recording is performed. it performs the following operations: 1. The Veeam Backup console displays refreshed information about files archived to tape and shows job statistics. 3. The files are queued for archiving. Veeam Backup & Replication addresses the Tape Catalog in the Veeam Backup & Replication database to detect if any data has been modified since the latest backup. The following scenarios are used:  If it is a first job run or a scheduled full backup.  If it is an incremental backup run.0 . 121 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. 5. Veeam Backup service updates data in the Tape Catalog in Veeam Backup database. Detected changes are queued for archiving. The media pool allots tapes for writing data according to the following configuration options:  Tapes consumption  Media sets  Tape retention 6. The source Data Mover retrieves data from the source servers and target Data Mover sends data to tape.How File Backup to Tape Works When Veeam Backup & Replication executes a file to tape job (started manually or on schedule). Veeam Backup & Replication connects to the Data Movers and starts the data transfer process. The file to tape job detects files that match the job criteria. The tape job addresses the media pool that is set for this job as target. all selected files are queued for archiving. 2. 4.

enter a description of the created job. you should create a file to tape job using the New File To Tape Job wizard. select the files and choose Add to Tape Job > New job from the ribbon menu. you should define basic settings for the created file to tape job. 1. To create a file to tape job.  Open the Files view. you can:  Open the Files view. 122 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Alternatively.  Open the Home view.Creating File to Tape Jobs To write files to tape. browse to the required files. right-click the necessary files and choose Add to Tape Job > New job. In the Description field. follow the next steps: Step 1. enter a name for the created job. do either of the following:  On the Home tab. right-click the Jobs node and select Tape Job > Files to Tape. The default description contains information about the user who created the job. browse to the necessary files. This section will guide you through all steps of the wizard and provide explanation on available options. date and time when the job was created. Launch the New File To Tape Job Wizard To run the New File to Tape Job wizard. In the Name field. 2. click Tape Job and select Files.0 . Step 2. Specify Job Name and Description At the Name step of the wizard.

Choose Files and Folders to Archive At the Files and Folders step of the wizard.pdf). Separate file names and masks with semicolons.evt or *. From the Server list. After you click OK. The selected item will be added to the list. If you include a folder to the job. To back up files from a CIFS shared folder. all of the folder contents will be archived.Step 3. select it and click Remove. click Add and specify the folder path. *. choose a machine on which the necessary files or folders reside. In the File Masks window. 123 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. specify names of files in the folder that should be archived. you will be prompted to enter the shared folder credentials. you can choose only specific files from the included folder. Click Add and browse to the file or folder that you want to back up. To remove a file or folder from the list. You can use exact file names of create name masks (for example. select files and folders that you want to back up. If necessary.0 . select a folder in the list and click Edit. To do so.

choose a media pool that will be used for full file backups. select the Run incremental backup automatically check box and specify the schedule according to which the job will create incremental file backups. If this option is disabled. For more details. If this option is disabled. TIP: If you have not previously created a media pool with the required settings.0 . you will need to start the job manually to create incremental backups of files. you can click the Add New button and create a new media pool without closing the job wizard. From the Media pool for full backups list. Choose Media Pool for Full Backup At the Full Backup step of the wizard. you will need to start the job manually to create full backups of files. select the Run the full backup automatically check box and specify the schedule according to which the job will create full file backups. choose a media pool that will be used for incremental file backups. choose a media pool that will be used for archiving full backups of the selected files and create a schedule for full file backups. 2. Step 5. 2. see Creating Simple Media Pools.Step 4. From the Media pool for incremental backup list. 124 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. To schedule periodic creation of full file backups. choose a media pool that will be used for archiving incremental backups of the selected files and create a schedule for incremental file backups. Specify Media Pool for Increments At the Incremental Backup step of the wizard. 1. 1. To schedule periodic creation of incremental file backups.

specify archiving and media automation options: 1. The tape device will eject the tapes that belong to the current media set when the media set is closed. For more details. TIP: If you have not previously created a media pool with the required settings. This option enables backup of files locked by application and provides file-level quiescence.0 . to move to a storage location. 125 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Specify Archiving Options At the Options step of the wizard. Select the Eject media upon job completion check box if the tape should be automatically ejected from the tape drive and placed into a slot when the job finishes. 3. This possibility can only be applied for files from servers running under Windows Server 2003 or later Windows-family OSs. 2. Select the Export current media set upon job completion check box if you want to pull out the tapes with the current media set from the tape device. Note that with this option selected. Select the Use Microsoft volume shadow copy (VSS) check box to enable backup of files with the help if Microsoft shadow volume copies. a new media set is started after each export. you can click the Add New button and create a new media pool without closing the job wizard. for example. If you want to export tapes on specific days only (for example. every Saturday). see Creating Simple Media Pools. Step 6. click Days and schedule export on the necessary days.

Select the Send email notifications to the following recipients check box if you want to receive notifications about tape job status. To do this. click Advanced.Step 7. Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically apply default settings to the new job.0 . Then select the Notifications tab. specify a recipient’s email address. you can save them as default settings. When you create a new file to tape job. you can specify notification settings for the file to tape job. see Specifying Email Notification Settings section in Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide. For more information. At the Options step of the wizard. IMPORTANT! To receive notifications about tape jobs. In the field below. Notifications Settings At the Notifications tab. click Save as Default at the bottom left corner of the Advanced Settings window. You can enter several addresses separated by a semicolon. Specify Advanced Job Settings You can specify the following advanced settings for the file to tape job:  Notifications Settings  Advanced Settings TIP: After you specify necessary settings for the file to tape job. you must enable general email notifications in Veeam Backup & Replication. You can choose between the following options: 126 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.

0 . • Use custom notification settings specified below: you can specify notification settings for tape jobs.  %JobResult%: the job result.  %TapeCount%: the number of tapes used for the tape job session. • Notify on warning: Veeam Backup & Replication will notify you if the tape job finishes with a warning.  %Issues%: the number of VMs in the job processed with Warning or Failed status. specify a notification subject. • Notify when waiting for tape: Veeam Backup & Replication will notify you if the tape job cannot start because there are no available tapes. You can use the following variables in the subject:  %Time%: the time when the tape job finished. 127 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. • Use global notification settings: Veeam Backup & Replication will notify you according to global email notification settings specified for the Veeam backup server. In the Subject field. Select the occasions on which you want to receive email notifications: • Notify on success: Veeam Backup & Replication will notify you if the tape job finishes successfully.  %VmCount%: the number of VMs in the job.  %JobName%: the name of the tape job. • Notify on error: Veeam Backup & Replication will notify you if the tape job fails.

Select the Run the following script before the job and/or Run the following script after the job check boxes and click Browse to choose executable file(s). IMPORTANT! Enable the hardware compression only if your tape library provides support for hardware compression. 128 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.  If you select the Run on selected days only option.Advanced Settings At the Advanced tab. you can enable hardware compression or specify custom scripts that you want to run before and/or after the file to tape job. Select the Advanced tab. backup session option.  If you select the Run every..0 . click Days and specify week days on which the script(s) must be executed.and post-job actions after a number of job sessions or on specific week days. click Advanced. Select the Use hardware compression if available check box if the tape drive should compress data before writing it to tape. At the Options step of the wizard. You can select to execute pre.. 2. specify the number of the job sessions after which the script(s) must be executed. 1.

0 . click Create. Finish Working with the Wizard After you have specified schedule settings. 129 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Select the Run the job when I click Finish check box if you want to start archiving file to tape job right after you complete working with the wizard.Step 8. Click Finish to close the wizard.

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131 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.Viewing Files on Tape After the file to tape job completes. you can view the created archive on tape: 1. Open the Files view and press F5 to refresh it. You can use the created archive for file recovery.0 . 2. Veeam Backup & Replication preserves the source hierarchy of folders for archived files. Expand the Tape node and locate the files archive.

Restore Directly to Infrastructure When you restore VMs from tape directly to the infrastructure. This option is recommended if you want to restore one VM or a small number of VMs from a large backup that contains a lot of VMs. • If you used parallel processing to record the VM backup. In this case. To restore a VM from tape. the restore process publishes the VMs to the virtual infrastructure copying the VM data directly from tape. you can choose a desired restore point. you do not need to provide a staging repository for a large amount of data most of which is not needed to you at the moment. In these cases. See Step 4.VM Restore from Tape to Infrastructure Restoring a VM from tape with Veeam Backup & Replication is a lot like restoring a VM from disk. For Veeam Agent backups. you can choose between the following options: restore directly to infrastructure or restore through a staging repository. 132 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Restore Through Staging Repository When you restore VMs from tape through a staging repository. the restore may be very slow because the required blocks of data may be located on tapes randomly. Choose Backup Repository for details.0 . select the target location or change the configuration of the restored VM. The restore process may require a lot of rewinding of tapes as tapes do not provide random access to data. This option is recommended if you want to restore a lot of VMs from a backup as the disk provides a much faster access to random data blocks than tape. For example. select Restore directly to the infrastructure or Restore through the staging repository at the Backup Repository step of the Full VM Restore wizard. only Backup Restore from Tape to Repository is available. the restore process temporarily copies the whole restore point to a backup repository or a folder on disk. This option is not recommended in the following cases: • If you want to restore a large number of VMs. NOTE: You cannot restore Veeam Agent backups from tape to infrastructure. After that Veeam starts a regular VM restore. To choose the needed option.

133 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. you must provide the following system resources: • Tape server: 200 MB RAM for each restored VM disk.Before You Begin For restoring VMs from tape.0 .

134 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Veeam synchronizes the VM configuration file up to the backup state. Veeam reads metadata and caсhes it on the tape server. 4. Veeam Backup & Replication performs the following steps: 1. Veeam restores the VM disks. For restoring a VM directly to the infrastructure. Veeam restores the VM configuration:  To restore to original location. Multiple disks are restored parallelly. Veeam builds a map of data blocks. Veeam copies the VM configuration file and registers the VM on the target host. The VM from tape restore job checks the Backup Catalog in the Veeam Backup & Replication database to discover the tapes containing the needed backup files.0 . 2. Veeam reads the tape consequently and. 5. Using the cached data. 7. Veeam starts a separate restore job. Veeam loads the tapes for the 2nd time. Veeam loads the tapes for the 1st time. Veeam needs to load and read the selected tapes for 3 times. Veeam Backup & Replication prompts the user to insert the required tapes.  To restore to another location.How Restoring VM from Tape to Infrastructure Works Restore Directly to Infrastructure For each VM. you can select multiple VMs to restore: in this case. 3. This requires approximately 100Mb of disk space per 1TB of tape data for the default data block size. copies the VM disks data. However. 8. The map contains referenced to the data blocks of the VM you restore: the VM configuration file and the VM disks data. Veeam loads the tapes for the 3rd time. If the tapes are offline. using the map of data blocks. 6. Veeam will queue the restore jobs and run them one after the other.

3. 8. The VM restore job starts and remains pending until the backup restore completes. 5. 2. When the VM is successfully restored. The backup restore job reads the tapes consequently and copies the backup to the selected staging repository or folder. For details.  VM restore job: restores the VM to the infrastructure. Veeam starts 2 jobs at background:  Backup restore job: temporarily restores the backup to the repository. The jobs start simultaneously.Restore Through Staging Repository For restoring through a staging repository. 7. 4. the VM restore process finishes. Veeam registers it temporarily as an imported backup. 6. The backup restore job checks the Backup Catalog in the Veeam Backup & Replication database to discover the tapes containing the needed backup. see Full VM Recovery section in Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide. The backup restore job finishes. Veeam Backup & Replication prompts the user to insert the required tapes.0 . 135 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Veeam Backup & Replication performs the following steps: 1. The VM restore job receives information about the backup restored successfully and launches a standard VM restore process. If the tapes are offline. When the backup is copied. Veeam deletes the backup from the staging repository and from disk.

This section will guide you through all steps of the wizard and provide explanation on available options. Right-click the necessary VMs in the tape backup and choose Restore entire VM.Restoring VM from Tape to Infrastructure To restore VMs from tape to virtual infrastructure. Make sure that VMs you select from the virtual environment have been successfully archived to tape at least once. Veeam Backup & Replication will get the needed data automatically. use the search field at the bottom of the Select Objects window: enter a VM name or a part of it and click the Start search button on the right or press [ENTER]. To quickly find a VM. select it in the list and click Remove on the right. Choose and expand the tape backup you need. 136 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. click Add VM and select where to browse for the machines:  From infrastructure — browse the virtual environment and select VMs to restore. To remove a VM. To restore VMs from tape.  From backup — browse existing backups and select VMs under backup to tape jobs. If the tapes are offline. If you choose a VM container. Veeam Backup & Replication will expand it to a plain VM list. use the Full VM Restore wizard. If the tapes are online in your tape device.  Open the Home view. follow the next steps: Step 1. do one of the following:  Open the Home view.0 . To add one or more VMs to the list. Choose and expand the tape backup you need. Veeam Backup & Replication will list the names of the required tapes. Launch the Full VM Restore Wizard To run the Full VM Restore wizard. review VMs that should be restored. Choose Virtual Machines to Restore At the Virtual Machines step of the wizard. Select the necessary VMs in the tape backup and click Restore Entire VM on the ribbon. expand the Backups > Tape node. Step 2. NOTE: You can add VMs only of the same virtualization platform. To quickly find VMs. use the search field at the top of the list: enter the VM name or a part of it and click the search button on the right or press [ENTER]. expand the Backups > Tape node.

However. 137 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. If you have chosen to restore multiple VMs. select a VM in the list and click Point on the right. if you want to restore a VM to an earlier state. select a restore point that should be used for full VM recovery. you can select a different restore point for every VM specifically. Veeam Backup & Replication will restore VMs to their latest state archived to tape. Select a Restore Point By default. In the Restore Points section.0 .Step 3.

In this case. If the account does not have sufficient permissions. select the repository that should be used as a temporary storage (staging area) for VM backup before the VM is restored to the virtual infrastructure. The restore job will copy the backup to the selected destination and launch a standard restore VM from disk process.0 . Choose Restore Source At the Restore Source step of the wizard. choose the Select folder option from the Backup repository list and choose the location to which backups should be restored before full VM recovery. make sure that the account under which Veeam Backup Service runs has write permissions to the target folder. Veeam Backup & Replication will prompt you to enter credentials for the account that can be used for writing to the target folder. From the Backup repository list. To do so. the restore job will read data directly from tape.  Select Restore through a staging repository if you want to temporarily copy the tape backup to a repository or a folder first. choose the restore mode:  Select Restore directly from tape if you want to restore VMs without a staging repository. You can also select a target folder on any server connected to Veeam Backup & Replication. If you choose to restore files to a shared folder. Note that restoring VMs directly to the infrastructure may be slow if you restore a lot of VMs simultaneously.Step 4. 138 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.

0 . Specify Restore Mode and Other Recovery Options Go through the remaining steps of the Full VM Restore wizard. see Performing Full VM Restore section in Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide. For more details. 139 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. The procedure is identical to full VM recovery.Step 5.

140 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.0 . or also for machines guest OS files restore. This is helpful if you need some backups on disk for later use.Backup Restore from Tape to Repository This option allows you to copy machines backups from tape to repository. The restored backup is registered in the Veeam Backup & Replication console as an imported disk backup so that you can use it for any restore from disk scenario later on. For one restore session at a time. you can choose one restore point available on tape. You can restore full backups or incremental backups to a repository or any location of your choice.

Veeam Backup & Replication prompts the user to insert the required tapes. Veeam registers it as an imported backup. When the backup is copied. The backup restore job reads the tapes consequently and copies the backup to the selected repository or folder. 2. 141 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.How Restoring Backups from Tape to Repository Works For restoring machines backups to a repository or a folder on disk. Veeam Backup & Replication performs the following steps: 1.0 . Veeam checks the Backup Catalog in the Veeam Backup & Replication database to discover the tapes containing the needed backup. 3. If the tapes are offline.

0 . If you choose a VM container. Step 2. follow the next steps: Step 1. click Restore and choose Tape > Restore Backups. Make sure that VMs you select from the virtual environment have been successfully archived to tape at least once. you can:  Open the Home view. To quickly find VMs. on the Home tab. use the search field at the bottom of the Select Objects window: enter a VM name or a part of it and click the Start search button on the right or press [ENTER]. select one or more machines for which backup files should be restored. This section will guide you through all steps of the wizard and provide explanation on available options. To add one or more machines to the list. If you have chosen machines to restore from archives on tape.  From backups — browse existing backups on tape and select VMs under backup to tape jobs. To remove a VM. expand the Backups > Tape node. select it in the list and click Remove on the right. Alternatively. expand the Backups > Tape node.Restoring Backups from Tape to Repository To restore backups from tape. 142 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Veeam Backup & Replication will expand it to a plain VM list. If the tapes are offline. Right-click the necessary VMs in backup and choose Restore backup from tape to repository. To quickly find a VM. Choose Machines to Restore At the Source step of the wizard. Launch the Restore Backup from Tape to Repository Wizard To run the Restore Backup from Tape to Repository wizard.  Open the Home view. If the tapes are online in your tape device. use the Restore Backup from Tape to Repository wizard. Veeam Backup & Replication will list the names of the required tapes. use the search field at the top of the list: enter the VM name or a part of it and click the search button on the right or press [ENTER]. the list of objects to restore will be populated with selected machines. Select the necessary VMs in backup and click Restore to Repository on the ribbon. click Add VM and select where to browse for the machines:  From vSphere Infrastructure — browse the virtual environment and select VMs to restore. To restore files from tape. Veeam Backup & Replication will get the needed data automatically.

143 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Veeam Backup & Replication will restore backup with the latest state of the archived VM. NOTE: If you choose a full backup point in the list. if you want to restore a backup for the VM to an earlier state. If you choose an increment. However. If you have chosen to restore multiple VMs. Select a Restore Point By default. Veeam Backup & Replication will restore a chain consisting of a full backup and forward increments. select a VM in the list and click Point on the right. necessary to restore VMs to the required point-in- time. select a restore point that should be used to restore VM backup. In the Restore Points section. Veeam Backup & Replication will restore only this full backup. you can select a different restore point for every VM specifically.0 .Step 3.

make sure that the account under which Veeam Backup Service runs has write permissions to the target folder.Step 4. If the account does not have sufficient permissions. If you choose to restore files to a shared folder. Choose Backup Destination At the Destination step of the wizard. 144 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. select the Backup repository option and choose the necessary repository from the list.  To restore VM backup files to the Veeam backup server. select where the backup files for the selected VMs should be restored:  To restore VM backup files to a repository. select the Server option. Choose the necessary server from the list and specify path to the target folder in the Path to folder field.0 . Veeam Backup & Replication will prompt you to enter credentials for the account that can be used for writing to the target folder. shared folder or to any other machine connected to Veeam backup server.

145 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.Step 5. Finish Working with the Wizard Review the settings and click Finish to restore selected VM backups.0 .

they are displayed as imported backups in the Home view > Backups > Imported.0 .Viewing Restored Backups After backups are restored from tape. including full VM recovery. recovery of VM files. You can use the restored to disk backup for regular data recovery. guest OS files recovery and other. 146 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.

The file restore process allows you to restore files to any restore point available on tape. 147 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Restoring capabilities allows you to restore files to their original location or another server.0 .File Restore from Tape You can restore files and folders that were previously archived with file to tape jobs. preserving ownership and access permissions.

more than 1 000 000 files in 1 000 folders.6 GB RAM per each 1 000 000 files. you must provide the following system resources for restore: • Backup server: 2. 148 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.0 . for example.Before You Begin If the tape backup contains a large quantity of files.

4. 149 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. 2. Veeam Backup & Replication prompts the user to insert the required tapes.How Restoring Files from Tape Works When Veeam Backup & Replication restores files archived to tape. it performs the following operations: 1. Veeam Backup & Replication connects to the Data Mover service deployed on a tape server. If the tapes are offline. same or new one. 3. Veeam Backup & Replication checks the Tape Catalog in the Veeam Backup & Replication database to discover the tapes containing the needed restore point of the files. Veeam Backup & Replication updates the Tape Catalog in the Veeam Backup database. The Data Mover copies the relevant files from the tapes to a chosen target location.0 .

you can restore a backup from tape to the backup repository and perform VM guest OS files restore. NOTE: The Files from Tape Restore wizard allows you to restore files and folders archived to tape. 150 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. If you have chosen files to restore in the Files view. Select the files and choose Restore files from tape. To remove a file or folder from the list.  Open the Files view. For more information. use the Files from Tape Restore wizard. To restore files from tape.Restoring Files from Tape To restore files backed up to tape. Choose Tape > Restore Files. the list of objects to restore will be populated with selected files. Veeam Backup & Replication will list the names of the required tapes. expand the Tape node and browse to the necessary files on tape. This section will guide you through all steps of the wizard and provide explanation on available options. you can:  Open the Files view. Click Add and browse to the file or folder that should be restored. Step 2. expand the Tape node and browse to the necessary files on tape. use the search field at the top of the list: enter an object name or a part of it and click the search button on the right or press [ENTER]. You cannot restore VM guest OS files using this wizard.0 . Select the files and click Restore Files from Tape on the ribbon. Veeam Backup & Replication will get the needed data automatically. open the Home tab and click Restore on the ribbon. Launch the Files from Tape Wizard To run the Files from Tape wizard. If the tapes are offline. Choose Files to Restore At the Objects to Restore step. choose files and folders that you want to restore. select it and click Remove. If the tapes are online in your tape device. Alternatively. follow the next steps: Step 1. To quickly find file or folder. To restore VM guest OS files. The selected item will be added to the list. see Restoring Backups from Tape.

To restore files in the folder. Veeam Backup & Replication restores all files that have ever existed in the folder and been archived to tape.By default. If a file is not found in the selected backup set.0 . Veeam Backup & Replication scans the selected backup set and backup sets that were created previously. Veeam Backup & Replication will restore the most recent version of the file from a backup set preceding the selected backup set. NOTE: When you restore an entire folder from tape. In the list of available backup sets. select the necessary archiving session and click OK. Veeam Backup & Replication will restore the latest version of files available on tape. select the necessary file and click Backup Set. 151 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. If you want to restore files from another restore point.

152 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Specify Restore Destination At the Destination step of the wizard.0 . Veeam Backup & Replication will prompt you to enter credentials for the account that can be used for writing to the target folder. To restore files to the specified target folder without keeping the folder structure. make sure that the account under which Veeam Backup Service runs has write permissions to the target folder.  This server. Use this option to restore a file to the location where the original file resides (or resided). If the account does not have sufficient permissions. specify destination where the archived files will be restored. Use this option if you want to restore the file to the Veeam backup server. clear the Preserve folder hierarchy check box. shared folder or to any other machine connected to Veeam backup server. From the server list. Veeam Backup & Replication preserves the folder hierarchy. When restoring files to a location other than original. You can use one of the following options:  Original location. If you choose to restore files to a shared folder. This type of restore is only possible if the original machine is connected to Veeam Backup & Replication and powered on.Step 3. choose a machine to which files should be restored and specify path to the target folder.

Veeam Backup & Replication will change security settings: the user account under which the Veeam Backup Service runs will be set as the owner of the restored objects. specify overwrite options in case the file already exists in the target folder:  Leave the existing file. while access permissions will be inherited from the target folder to which the objects are restored. Select this option if you want to overwrite the existing file only if it is older than the restored file. Select the Restore file and folder security check box if you want the restored files to keep their original ownership and security permissions. In the opposite case.  Always overwrite the existing file.  Overwrite the existing file if older than the backed up file. Select this option if you want to overwrite the existing file with the restored file in all cases.0 .Step 4. Select this option if you do not want to overwrite the existing file with the restored one. 153 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Specify Restore Options At the Options step of the wizard.

Finish Working with the Wizard Review the settings and click Finish to restore selected files and folders.Step 5. 154 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.0 .

Key over yellow tape The tape is online and encrypted. SCSI connection icon over tape library The tape device is connected over SCSI. 155 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Gray tape The tape is offline. Key over gray tape The tape is offline and encrypted. Media pools Icon Description Component state Tape over green folder Free media pool Tape over blue folder Imported media pool Tape over red folder Unrecognized media pool Tape over gray folder Retired media pool Tape over yellow folder Simple media pool Tape over calendar icon GFS media pool Tapes Icon Description Component state Yellow tape The tape is online. Minus sign over drive icon The drive is disabled.0 . Drives Icon Description Component state Drive icon The drive is enabled. Tape Libraries Icon Description Component state Tape library icon The tape device is connected.Tape States Indicators The user interface indicates on states of the tape infrastructure components. Broken yellow tape The tape is online and retired. Broken gray tape The tape is offline and retired.

Gray lock over yellow tape The tape is online and hardware protected. Gray broken cleaning tape The cleaning tape is retired and offline. hardware protected and encrypted. Key and gray lock over yellow tape The tape is online.0 . Gray cleaning tape The cleaning tape is offline. Blue broken cleaning tape The cleaning tape is retired. Cleaning tape Icon Description Component state Blue cleaning tape The cleaning tape is online. software protected and encrypted. Key and gray lock over gray tape The tape is offline. software protected and encrypted. Blue lock over yellow tape The tape is online and software protected. 156 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Key and blue lock over yellow tape The tape is online. Key and blue lock over gray tape The tape is offline. Blue lock over gray tape The tape is offline and software protected. hardware protected and encrypted.