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

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Veeam Backup & Replication offers support for tape devices and allows you to archive your data to tape and restore it from tape whenever needed. apply user-defined retention settings to the archived data. 1 offsite location) considered as a best practice for data protection and disaster recovery. In particular. Tape appears to be one of the most widely used media for offsite backup. 6 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.0 . tape archive requires more time to retrieve files for restore if the tapes are stored offsite. Compared to disk storage. Long-term archiving and compliance are listed as primary reasons for using tape. select restore points and so on. Using backup to tape. Storing data to tapes provides you with the same data managing options as disk repositories. 2 types of media.Tape Devices Support Veeam provides native tape support that is fully integrated into Veeam Backup & Replication. You can administrate all operations on tapes from your Veeam console. you can store full and incremental backups. you can implement the ‘3-2-1’ backup approach (3 copies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

See Adding Tape Servers for details. Note that when you reconnect the tape server. You can connect a number of tape devices to each tape server. For example. you can reconnect the tape devices from the Veeam backup server to a dedicated tape server.0 . However. Tape drives must use native OEM drivers. Veeam Backup & Replication allows deploying a number of tape servers. the tape jobs will not run with another Veeam backup server unless you copy the configuration. 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. 13 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. choose a tape server and perform steps for connecting tape devices above. To do this. the auto-discovery process will be performed periodically every 3 minutes. TIP: If you have several Veeam backup servers. Add the tape server to Veeam Backup & Replication. When you add the new tape server to Veeam Backup & Replication. Afterward. if you have a number of Veeam backup servers. you cannot connect one tape server to several Veeam backup servers simultaneously. 5. 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. Reconnecting Tape Devices to Another Tape Server You can reconnect your tape devices to another tape server. The connected tape devices will appear as list under the Libraries node in the Tape Infrastructure view. IMPORTANT! Only media changers can use SCSI commands.

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

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

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

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

right-click the Servers node and select Rescan. for example. To rescan a tape server: 1.0 . Open the Tape Infrastructure view. 3. Select the necessary server in the working area and click Rescan on the ribbon. 2. Veeam Backup & Replication automatically rescans the tape servers every 3 minutes. 21 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.Rescanning Tape Servers In order to update the list of managed tape devices. You can perform manual rescan of a tape server. You can also right-click the necessary server in working area and select Rescan. select the Servers node in the inventory pane. To rescan a particular tape server. To rescan all tape servers. if you want to implement the changes made to the tape infrastructure immediately.

22 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Select the necessary server in the working area and click Edit Tape Server on the ribbon. Then edit the tape server settings as required. Select the Servers node in the inventory pane. You can also right-click the necessary server in working area and select Properties.0 . 4. 3. 2.Modifying Tape Servers To edit settings of an added tape server: 1. Open the Tape Infrastructure view.

Getting Started with Tapes After you have connected tape devices. 23 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. 2. Restore VMs to infrastructure or to repository. or restore files from tape. Configure and run backup to tape or file to tape jobs. 3. Load tapes to the tape device (if not yet loaded) and run the importing procedure for them. Configure one or more media vaults to conveniently organize offline tapes. you need to complete the following steps: 1.0 . 4. Create one or more simple media pool or GFS media pool that will be used as targets for tape jobs. 5.

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

Select a necessary library in the working area and click Rescan Library on the ribbon.Rescanning Tape Libraries You can rescan a selected tape library to update its network status. 2.0 . You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Rescan. To rescan a tape library: 1. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. 25 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. 3. Select the Libraries node in the inventory pane.

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

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

The tapes will be moved to the Free media pool. If you loaded the tapes to the mail slot. NOTE: If you load tapes directly into the tape library magazine. click Rescan Library on the ribbon. For more information. 2. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Rescan. Right-click the tapes and select Inventory tape. 4. 3. The importing procedure conveys the tapes from the mail slot to the library working slots. Click Import Tapes on the ribbon. you need to introduce them to the Veeam Backup & Replication by running the importing procedure. import the tapes. Veeam does not recognize them automatically. If you want to refill the free tape resources in your tape device. see Importing Tapes Written on This Backup Server. To do this. You can also right-click the necessary library in the working area and select Import Tapes. make sure you rescan the tape library before you perform any other operations on tapes. rescan the tape library.Loading Tapes When you need to add free tapes. To do this. 6. 28 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. After importing. you need to load these tapes into your tape device. expand the Libraries node and select the library to which you have loaded the tapes. To start using tapes. When you load tapes into the library. you can overwrite tapes containing outdated Veeam archives. Importing runs differently for tapes that are registered in the local Veeam backup database and those that are not. or if you need to restore data from offline tapes. If you loaded tapes into the tape library magazine. perform the following steps: 1. Load the tapes into the mail slot or directly into the tape library magazine. 5.0 . 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. The tapes will appear in the Unrecognized media pool. open the Tape Infrastructure view. scans them and sends information about them to Veeam backup database. Veeam Backup & Replication can use the tapes to read or write data.

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

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

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

32 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Alternatively. these tapes are presented to Veeam Backup & Replication as Unrecognized. Click Inventory Library on the ribbon. Open the Tape Infrastructure view.0 . Alternatively. Select the necessary tapes in the list and click Inventory on the ribbon. Tape inventory jobs helps Veeam Backup & Replication identify empty tapes and detect non-empty tapes belonging to specific media set. Expand the Libraries node and select the library you want to inventory. Veeam Backup & Replication will perform inventory for all online tapes in the library.Inventorying Tapes When you load new tapes in your tape device for the first time. you can open the History view and locate the necessary session under the Jobs > Tape node. 2. 3. To start tape inventory for selected tapes: 1. To start tape inventory for a whole tape library: 1. 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. You can perform tape inventory for a whole tape library or run the job against selected tapes only. you need to run tape inventory job against them. Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media. you can right-click the tape library and select Inventory Library from the shortcut menu. 3. 2. you can right-click the selected tapes and choose Inventory Tape. To identify unrecognized tapes. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. The inventory log will display job session results. To access the inventory session details.

As a result of inventory. Veeam Backup & Replication places tapes in predefined pools:  Empty tapes are moved to the Free pool. you need to run the tape catalog job for all tapes in this media set. If you want to restore data from a specific media set. 33 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. 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.0 . Veeam Backup & Replication displays the detected media set name and sequence number for these tapes.

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

System Requirements for Large Number of Files on Tape If the tape backup contains a large quantity of files. for example. 35 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. To speed up the cataloging process. you might do one of the following:  First.3 GB RAM per each 1 000 000 files • Tape server: 800 MB RAM per each 1 000 000 files.  If you work with a tape library.0 .  If you work with a standalone drive. run inventory job to identify tape media sets and decide which tapes you want to catalog. you must provide the following system resources: • Backup server: 1. more than 1 000 000 files in 1 000 folders. you can run the catalog job against the whole media set at once.Rescanning of tapes during the catalog job may take a lot of time. Run the catalog job only against tapes in the necessary media set. start cataloging from the last tape in the media set (as this tape usually stores on tape catalog information).

Automated Drive Cleaning You can instruct Veeam Backup & Replication to automatically clean the tape library drives. 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. 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. Expand the Libraries node and select the needed library. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. To instruct Veeam Backup & Replication to automatically clean the drives: 1. 36 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. In the Properties window. 3. Assigning the automated cleaning to Veeam Backup & Replication prevents possible overlapping of cleaning tasks and tape jobs.0 .

After cleaning. The automated drive cleaning does not affect creation of media sets. Veeam Backup & Replication ejects the tape from the drive. 4. inserts a cleaning tape and performs the cleaning. The drive cleaning is fully automated. Veeam Backup & Replication performs the following actions: 1. Veeam Backup & Replication checks which of them requires cleaning. To clean the drives automatically. The cleaning process usually takes several minutes. The tape job writes the data on tape. If a tape job locks multiple drives simultaneously for parallel processing. The tape library alerts Veeam Backup & Replication on a drive that requires cleaning. cataloging or export. You cannot start the drive cleaning manually with Veeam Backup & Replication. Veeam Backup & Replication ejects the cleaning tape and inserts the tape that was reserved for the tape job.0 .How It Works Veeam Backup & Replication cleans the drives at the beginning of backup to tape jobs or file to tape job run. Veeam Backup & Replication waits for a tape job to start. 37 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. The worn-out cleaning tapes are moved to the Retired media pool automatically. 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. all drives wait until the cleaning is finished. 2. all drives start writing simultaneously. 3. and one or more drives require cleaning. 6. When the tape job locks necessary drives for writing data. 5. for example. The cleaning tapes are located in the Unrecognized media pool.

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

Tape media in Veeam Backup & Replication are displayed in the Tape Infrastructure view. If you work with a standalone tape drive and all its tapes are offline. At the same time.0 . If you offload tapes from you tape device. Veeam Backup & Replication will display a message informing that you need to insert a tape into the drive. You can also view tapes under the Tape Infrastructure > Libraries > LibraryName node > Media.  If the tape you have inserted is not registered in the Veeam backup database. All tapes are grouped to service or user-created media pools available under the Tape Infrastructure > Media Pools node. You can work with both online and offline tapes:  Tapes that are currently loaded to the tape device are available under the Online node. it will be processed as follows: 39 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Veeam Backup & Replication will hint what tape has been recently used for archiving. the new tapes are in the Free media pool. Veeam Backup & Replication can use only online tapes for backup to tape and file to tape jobs. their status changes to Offline. Generally. 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. Tapes that were written by tape jobs stay in the media pools that are targets to these tape jobs. either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media. but they stay visible in the console.  Tapes that have been unloaded from the tape device are shown under the Offline node.Working with Tapes All tapes managed by Veeam Backup & Replication belong to one of media pools. Veeam Backup & Replication will continue writing to this media set and append the new content to the content recently written on the tape.

0 . 40 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. You need to catalog such tapes. – 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. – A new empty tape will be placed to the Free media pool and used for writing data.

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

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43 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Alternatively. Open the Files tab. Open the Tape Infrastructure view.Viewing Data on Tapes To view data contents that is currently stored on tape: 1.0 . Select the necessary tape and click Properties on the ribbon. 4. 3. 2. you can right-click the tape and choose Properties. Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media > Online.

3.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. and the tape should no longer be displayed among media in the Veeam Backup & Replication console. In the opened dialog box. To remove such tapes. you can right-click selected tapes and choose Remove from Catalog from the shortcut menu. you need to switch the protection off first. To remove one or more tapes from the catalog: 1. you can remove the tape from the catalog. 4. You can remove only tapes that are offline. Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media > Offline. you can perform removal from catalog if a physical tape no longer exists. Select offline tapes you want to remove from the catalog and click Remove from Catalog on the ribbon. 44 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. click Yes to confirm removal. Alternatively. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. For example.0 . IMPORTANT! You cannot remove protected tapes from the catalog. Removing from catalog can be performed for offline tapes. 2.

3. Next. Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media > Online. The short erase operation does not physically erase data written on the tape. 2. Select tapes you want to erase and click Erase on the ribbon.  Long erase (slow) – use this option to clear all data written to tape. Veeam Backup & Replication supports two options for erasing data:  Short erase (fast) — use this option to speed up the erase process. you need to switch the protection off first. Note that short erase is not supported by some tape devices. IMPORTANT! You cannot erase protected tapes. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. To erase tapes: 1. choose how the tape should be erased and click OK. rewinds the tape and physically erases all data written to the tape. The long erase operation loads the tape to the drive. To erase such tapes. 45 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. It simply loads the tape to the drive and wipes the tape header. you can right-click selected tapes and choose Erase Tape.0 . you can erase tapes.Erasing Tapes If you do not need the contents stored on tape. Choose the type of erase and click OK. Alternatively.

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

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

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

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

This media pool may also contain tapes with some mechanical breakdown.  Imported — a media pool containing non-empty tapes. You can use this media pool to replenish user-created pools with new tapes when needed. Service media pools are automatically created by Veeam Backup & Replication when needed. They need further identification by user that can be done by running the inventory or catalog job.  Unrecognized — a media pool containing tapes that were loaded to tape device.Service Media Pools Service media pools sorts tapes and manage their free capacity for writing data. You cannot create.  Retired — a media pool containing retired tapes that reached the maximal number of re-writes.0 . This media pool also contains cleaning tapes. The following predefined media pools can be created:  Free — a media pool containing empty tapes. modify or delete service media pools. 54 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. These include tapes identified by the tape catalog job.

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

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

Veeam Backup & Replication will switch to the next library from the list. the media pool fails over to the next library as defined. Use Up and Down buttons to position the libraries in order they must fail over. Add Tapes to Media Pool At the Tapes step of the wizard.  Add two or more tape libraries to failover list. Veeam Backup & Replication will try to switch back to the primary library. 2. On the next backup session. click Add and select libraries that you want to add. The list contains the tape libraries managed by this Veeam backup server. NOTE: To enable failover. click Manage. Configure tape library failover settings. This field is disabled if multiple libraries are managed by this media pool. click the Add in the Tapes field and select tapes that should be added to the media pool. 57 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. In the Tape library field. You can select any tape devices that are managed by this Veeam backup server even if they are connected to different tape servers. 3.0 .  No media available. 1. To add multiple libraries to the media pool.  All tape drives are busy. To allocate specific tapes from the library. you can configure global media pool settings and allocate tapes for the pool. In the Manage Libraries window. If it is still not available. In case of a failover event. 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. select the library from which the tapes will be allocated for the media pool.Step 3. ensure the following:  Select at least one failover event.

see Media Sets. for example. That is. 'January')  %year% — the year of creation of the media set 58 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. If the option is disabled. The capacity and free space on the allocated tapes will be displayed in the bottom right corner. specify rules for creating media sets. To make the media pool replenishable. For details. additional tapes will be allocated from the Free media pool when needed. With this option enabled. when a 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. The default variables are #%id% (the number of the media set) and %date% (the date of creation of the media set). define the pattern according to which created media set(s) will be named. other media pools will not be able to use these tapes. the job will pause and prompt the backup administrator to add new tapes to the media pool. Allocated tapes will be reserved for the created media pool. In the Media set name field. Specify Media Set Options At the Media Set step of the wizard. 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. select the Add tapes from Free media pool automatically when more tapes are required check box. 4. Step 4.0 .

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

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

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

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

In the Name field. define basic description for the new GFS media pool.Creating GFS Media Pools To create a GFS media pool. enter a name for the created media pool. 2. date and time when the media pool was created. The default description contains information about the user who created the media pool. do either of the following: • Open the Tape Infrastructure view and click Add GFS Media Pool on the ribbon. enter a description of the new media pool. see Creating Backup to Tape Jobs.0 . 1. Step 2. Launch the New GFS Media Pool Wizard To run the New GFS Media Pool wizard. directly from the New Backup to Tape Job wizard. 64 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Specify Media Pool Name At the Name step of the wizard. For details. right-click the Media Pools node and choose Add GFS Media Pool. • Open the Tape Infrastructure view. This section will guide you through all steps of the wizard and provide explanation on available options. In the Description field. Step 1. TIP: You can also launch the New GFS Media Pool wizard when configuring backup to tape jobs (that is. use the New GFS Media Pool wizard.

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. 3. Launch the New Media Vault Wizard To run the New Media Vault wizard. Specify Media Vault Name At the Name step of the wizard. follow the next steps: Step 1. In the Description field. If you have no vaults created.  Open the Tape Infrastructure view. 2. For more information. do either of the following:  Open the Tape Infrastructure view and select the Tape Infrastructure node. see Tape Protection. If you want to set overwrite protection ta all tapes in this media vault. To create a new media vault. To add a media vault. date and time when the media pool was created. enter a description of the new media vault. directly from the New Media Pool or New GFS Media Pool wizard. right-click the Tape Infrastructure node and choose Add Media Vault. 74 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.0 . enter a name for the created media vault. see Creating Simple Media Pools or Creating GFS Media Pools. the Vaults node will not be shown. The default description contains information about the user who created the media pool. TIP: You can also launch the New Media Vault wizard when configuring media pools (that is. For more details. This section will guide you through all steps of the wizard and provide explanation on available options. use the New Media Vault wizard. you should define basic description for the new media vault. Click Add Media Vault on the ribbon. In the Name field. Step 2. select the Protect all tapes moved to this media vault automatically check box.Creating Media Vaults Created media vaults are shown under the Vaults node.

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

76 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. Apply changes. 5. Navigate to the Vaults node.Modifying Media Vaults To modify media vault settings: 1. select a media vault and click Edit Vault on the ribbon. 4. 2.0 . Alternatively. Right-click the necessary media vault and choose Properties. 3. Go through the Edit Media Vault wizard to change the necessary settings.

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

Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media > Offline. Choose the vault you need. select Move all offline tapes from this media pool into the following media vault. 78 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. 4.Moving Tapes to Vault Recorded tapes can be moved to a vault. Navigate to the Media Pools node 3. 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. you can right-click the media pool and select Properties. 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. To move the tapes manually: 1. you can view tape information. Alternatively. 5. 2. You can move the tapes manually or instruct the relevant media pool to place the tapes to a vault automatically. Go to the Retention step of the Edit Media Pool wizard. Open the Tape Infrastructure view 2. you can still view them under the Offline node or in the media pool. 3. Select the needed vault from the drop-down list. To configure a simple media pool: 1. In the vault. Automatic Vaulting for Simple Media Pools To set the automatic placing of tapes to a vault. In the working area. If the tapes are placed to a vault. In the Offline media tracking field. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. you need to configure the media pool where the target tapes are recorded. including data written to tape and data retention settings. right-click the tapes you want to move and select Move to Vault. Select the media pool you want to customize.0 . Click Edit Media Pool on the ribbon.

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

see Creating Media Vaults. For more details. 80 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.0 . TIP: If you have not previously created a media vault. you can click the Add New button and create a new media vault without closing the job wizard.

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

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

you can protect them.0 . Select tapes you want to protect and click Protect on the ribbon. To enable protection: 1. Alternatively. 2. Protection option sets lifelong retention period for the selected tapes overriding the retention settings of the media pool. IMPORTANT! You can protect only tapes that contain data. The protection can be switched off at any time. you can right-click selected tapes and choose Protect from the shortcut menu. you need to switch the protection off first. 3.Protecting Tapes If you have a number of tapes for which you need to change the retention to 'never overwrite'. Open the Tape Infrastructure view. If the tapes are protected. To erase such tape. they cannot be erased or marked as free by Veeam Backup & Replication or manually. 83 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. The retention settings will be changed to the value set for the media pool. You cannot protect free (empty) tapes. Navigate to the list of tapes either under the Media Pools or under the Libraries > LibraryName node > Media > Online. You can set protection for both online or offline tapes that contain data.

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

Managing Outdated Tapes The tapes containing outdated data are handled in the following way:  If the expired tape is online. 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 .  If the expired tape is offline. it will be overwritten next time a tape job requires a free tape. 85 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. 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. The tapes are rewritten by the FIFO method. you can re-load it back to the library.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parallel Processing with Daily at Option When the media pool is set to Daily at option. a media set is opened per each drive for every writing session. a number of media sets (per each drive) is opened on the scheduled day. they open a number of media sets anew. Each media set uses a free tape. If tape jobs run twice or more before the scheduled day. 94 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.0 .When the media pool is set to the Create new media set for every backup session option. they continue these media sets — in this case. When the jobs run the next time. Note that this configuration is the most tape-consumptive. the jobs use tapes that have most free space first.

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

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

The backup to tape job addresses the Backup Catalog in the Veeam Backup & Replication database to detect backups that match the job criteria.0 . 4. Veeam Backup & Replication connects to the Data Movers and starts the data transfer process. The media pool allots tapes for writing data according to the following configuration options:  Tapes consumption  Media sets  Tape retention. 3.How Machines Backup to Tape Works When Veeam Backup & Replication executes a backup to tape job (started manually or on schedule). 6. The Veeam Backup console displays refreshed information about backups archived to tape and shows job statistics. While tape recording is performed. Veeam Backup service updates data in the Backup Catalog and Tape Catalog in Veeam Backup database. 5. it performs the following operations: 1. 2. 97 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. The source Data Mover retrieves data from the backup repository and target Data Mover sends data to tape. The tape job addresses the media pool that is set for this job as target. The files are queued for archiving.

you can create a backup to tape job or a GFS job.  Microsoft SQL Server log files (VLB) are skipped from processing. follow the next steps: Before You Begin Before you configure a backup to tape job. To create a backup to tape job. do either of the following:  On the Home tab. you should create a backup to tape job using the New Backup To Tape Job wizard.  You must check configuration of source backup job(s). the tape job will wait for 72 hours and then terminate.  You must configure one or more simple media pool with the necessary media set and retention settings. 98 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.  Open the Home view.Creating Backup to Tape Jobs To archive backups to tape. the tape job will always copy the full backup. This section will guide you through all steps of the wizard and provide explanation on available options. Mind the following limitations:  The backup to tape job processes only VBK (full backups) and VIB files (forward incremental backups).  A source job with forward incremental chain must keep not less then 3 restore points on disk. Launch the New Backup to Tape Job Wizard To run the New Backup to Tape Job wizard.  A reverse incremental chain has no required minimum. With this wizard.  You must load tapes to the tape device and configure the target media pool so that it has access to them. Reverse incremental backups (VRB) are skipped from processing. complete the following prerequisites:  You must have Veeam Backup & Replication Enterprise license or higher is installed on the Veeam backup server. 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. right-click the Jobs node and select Tape Job > Backups to Tape. you should define basic settings for the created backup to tape job. If the media pool has no available tape. click Tape Job and select Backups. Specify Job Name and Description At the Name step of the wizard.  A source backup copy job must keep not less then 4 restore points on disk. Step 1.  If you back up to tape a reverse incremental chain. Step 2.0 .

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

Click Add and select Backup jobs or Backup repositories. 2. 3.The total size of full backups added to the backup to tape job is displayed in the Full field.0 . This option selects what backup chain will be copied on the first run of the job. Selecting Backup Chains to Archive On the first run. The backup chain here means a full backup file plus a set of incremental backup files following it. 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. Click All to archive all available backup files. You can instruct the job to copy only the latest backup chain on every tape job run. This options lets you have only the latest restore points written to tape and use less tape for data archiving. This option is available in the advanced settings of the job. For more information. Click Latest to archive only the latest backup chain to tape. see Advanced Settings. select it and click Remove on the right. the tape job can copy all restore points or only the latest backup chain. Select the necessary backup job or repository you want to add to the tape job. To remove a backup from the list. Veeam Backup & Replication will display a warning informing about backup chain options. This option is useful if the source backup job or the source backup repository has several backup chains. To select what backup files you want to archive: 1.

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

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

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

104 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. 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. The ejected tapes are placed into a free tape device slot. 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. to move to a storage location. for example. 2. The tape device will eject the tapes that belong to the current media set when the media set is closed. a new media set is started after each export. specify archiving and media automation options. Note that with this option selected. the tape will remain in the drive. If you want to export tapes on specific days only (for example. If not configured otherwise in media pool settings.0 . 1. Specify Archiving Options At the Options step of the wizard. Note that if the job started and failed. 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.Step 6. every Saturday). click Days and schedule export on the necessary days.

for example. Click Media sets and select the media sets that you want to export.Click Advanced to configure the advanced job options. this tape will be placed into a drive on the next tape job run. 105 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Click Advanced to configure the advanced job options. to move to a storage location. 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. If not configured otherwise in media pool settings.0 . This option does not prevent the tape job from appending data to this tape. 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. 2. The tape device will eject the tapes that belong to the current media set. 1. 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.

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

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

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

Veeam Backup & Replication will automatically apply the default settings to the new job. Step 8. TIP: After you specify necessary settings for the tape job. you can define a schedule for the job to run on a regular basis.0 . 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. To do this. When you create a new backup to tape job. click Save as Default at the bottom left corner of the Advanced Settings window. you can save them as default settings. Define the Job Schedule At the Schedule step of the wizard.

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

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

112 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Click Finish to close the wizard. Finish Working with the Wizard After you have specified schedule settings.0 .Step 9. 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. click Create.

Open the backup job settings and navigate to the Storage step. you can point a backup job to an existing backup to tape job using the Backup Job wizard.0 . click Add and choose a backup to tape job to which the backup job should be linked. see Creating Backup to Tape Jobs. At the Secondary Target step. • Alternatively. For details. To point a backup job to an existing backup to tape job. perform the following steps: 1. you can choose the necessary jobs in the Backup to Tape Job Wizard. Select the Configure secondary destination for this job check box. 113 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.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. 2.

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

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

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

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

Expand the Backups > Tape node and locate the backup archive under the name of a corresponding job.Viewing Backups on Tape After the backup to tape job completes. 2. you can view the created archive on tape: 1. 118 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.0 . Open the Home view.

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

You must provide these resources in addition to general system requirements.5 GB RAM per each 1 000 000 files • Tape server: 800 MB RAM per each 1 000 000 files. 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. the tape job will wait for 72 hours and then terminate.Before You Begin Before you configure a file to tape job. Processing a large number of files will result in considerable performance penalty.  You must load tapes to the tape device and configure the target media pool so that it has access to them. more than 1 000 000 files in 1 000 folders. System Requirements for Large Number of Files in Job If the file to tape job will process large quantities of files. see System Requirements. you must provide the following system resources: • Backup server: 1. complete the following prerequisites:  You must configure one or more simple media pool with the necessary media set and retention settings. 120 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. If the media pool has no available tape. for example. For more information.0 .

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

select the files and choose Add to Tape Job > New job from the ribbon menu. date and time when the job was created. you should define basic settings for the created file to tape job. In the Description field. enter a name for the created job. 1. right-click the necessary files and choose Add to Tape Job > New job. you can:  Open the Files view. browse to the required files. This section will guide you through all steps of the wizard and provide explanation on available options.  Open the Home view.  Open the Files view. The default description contains information about the user who created the job.Creating File to Tape Jobs To write files to tape. right-click the Jobs node and select Tape Job > Files to Tape. do either of the following:  On the Home tab. 122 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.0 . To create a file to tape job. you should create a file to tape job using the New File To Tape Job wizard. 2. Launch the New File To Tape Job Wizard To run the New File to Tape Job wizard. In the Name field. Specify Job Name and Description At the Name step of the wizard. browse to the necessary files. Step 2. enter a description of the created job. follow the next steps: Step 1. click Tape Job and select Files. Alternatively.

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

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

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

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

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

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

click Create.0 .Step 8. Finish Working with the Wizard After you have specified schedule settings. Click Finish to close the wizard. 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. 129 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.

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

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

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

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

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

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

select a VM in the list and click Point on the right.Step 3. If you have chosen to restore multiple VMs. 137 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.0 . Select a Restore Point By default. select a restore point that should be used for full VM recovery. However. In the Restore Points section. Veeam Backup & Replication will restore VMs to their latest state archived to tape. if you want to restore a VM to an earlier state. you can select a different restore point for every VM specifically.

If you choose to restore files to a shared 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. make sure that the account under which Veeam Backup Service runs has write permissions to the target folder. In this case.  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. If the account does not have sufficient permissions. 138 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. The restore job will copy the backup to the selected destination and launch a standard restore VM from disk process. Note that restoring VMs directly to the infrastructure may be slow if you restore a lot of VMs simultaneously.Step 4. Choose Restore Source At the Restore Source step of the wizard. 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. To do so. You can also select a target folder on any server connected to Veeam Backup & Replication. choose the Select folder option from the Backup repository list and choose the location to which backups should be restored before full VM recovery. the restore job will read data directly from tape.0 .

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

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. You can restore full backups or incremental backups to a repository or any location of your choice. 140 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. For one restore session at a time. you can choose one restore point available on tape.0 . or also for machines guest OS files restore. 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.

Veeam checks the Backup Catalog in the Veeam Backup & Replication database to discover the tapes containing the needed backup. The backup restore job reads the tapes consequently and copies the backup to the selected repository or folder.0 . 141 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. Veeam Backup & Replication performs the following steps: 1.How Restoring Backups from Tape to Repository Works For restoring machines backups to a repository or a folder on disk. 2. When the backup is copied. If the tapes are offline. Veeam Backup & Replication prompts the user to insert the required tapes. Veeam registers it as an imported backup. 3.

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

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

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

0 . 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.

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

147 | 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.0 . Restoring capabilities allows you to restore files to their original location or another server. preserving ownership and access permissions.File Restore from Tape You can restore files and folders that were previously archived with file to tape jobs.

for example. you must provide the following system resources for restore: • Backup server: 2.Before You Begin If the tape backup contains a large quantity of files.0 . 148 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3.6 GB RAM per each 1 000 000 files. more than 1 000 000 files in 1 000 folders.

Veeam Backup & Replication updates the Tape Catalog in the Veeam Backup database. Veeam Backup & Replication connects to the Data Mover service deployed on a tape server. 2.0 . 4. The Data Mover copies the relevant files from the tapes to a chosen target location. it performs the following operations: 1. same or new one. Veeam Backup & Replication prompts the user to insert the required tapes. 149 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. If the tapes are offline. 3.How Restoring Files from Tape Works When Veeam Backup & Replication restores files archived to tape. 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.

follow the next steps: Step 1.Restoring Files from Tape To restore files backed up to tape. If the tapes are offline. you can:  Open the Files view. To quickly find file or folder. 150 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. 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. To restore files from tape. Choose Files to Restore At the Objects to Restore step. Step 2. Choose Tape > Restore Files. To remove a file or folder from the list. open the Home tab and click Restore on the ribbon. the list of objects to restore will be populated with selected files. you can restore a backup from tape to the backup repository and perform VM guest OS files restore. For more information. Alternatively. Veeam Backup & Replication will get the needed data automatically. use the Files from Tape Restore wizard. select it and click Remove. To restore VM guest OS files. see Restoring Backups from Tape. The selected item will be added to the list. expand the Tape node and browse to the necessary files on tape.  Open the Files view. expand the Tape node and browse to the necessary files on tape. If you have chosen files to restore in the Files view.0 . Select the files and click Restore Files from Tape on the ribbon. choose files and folders that you want to restore. This section will guide you through all steps of the wizard and provide explanation on available options. Select the files and choose Restore files from tape. Click Add and browse to the file or folder that should be restored. Veeam Backup & Replication will list the names of the required tapes. If the tapes are online in your tape device. Launch the Files from Tape Wizard To run the Files from Tape wizard. NOTE: The Files from Tape Restore wizard allows you to restore files and folders archived to tape.

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

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

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

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

Tape Libraries Icon Description Component state Tape library icon The tape device is connected.0 . Key over gray tape The tape is offline and encrypted. Broken yellow tape The tape is online and retired. Key over yellow tape The tape is online and encrypted. Minus sign over drive icon The drive is disabled. 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. Gray tape The tape is offline.Tape States Indicators The user interface indicates on states of the tape infrastructure components. 155 | Veeam Backup & Replication | Tape Devices Support User Guide | 3. SCSI connection icon over tape library The tape device is connected over SCSI. Broken gray tape The tape is offline and retired. Drives Icon Description Component state Drive icon The drive is enabled.

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