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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby larry » Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:44 pm

How about using tape drives using the LTFS drivers, Veeam would think it is a disk. I want to test this but have not yet.
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:58 am

It might work. Though, as mentioned in the adjacent thread, you will have to perform all tape-related operations (change, eject, etc.) manually, which might be a time consuming process. Thanks.
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby micheltan » Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:55 pm

It would be so nice if Veeam 9.0 is able to backup directly to tape. I hope R&D is working on this for future releases.
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:29 pm

Thanks for your feedback, however Veeam B&R v9 will not feature this functionality.
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby rreed » Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:20 pm

By any chance has Veeam been tracking how much this feature gets requested? It seems like it gets asked about a lot. Myself included. :D Perhaps v9u1? v9.1?
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:20 am

We are aware of those requests, indeed. However, there are other features that have generated bigger demand among other users, such as Global Media Pool, native tape GFS, etc. What also distinguishes those features from the one discussed in this thread is the fact that those features do not appear to be against the recommended best practices. Thanks.
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby rreed » Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:36 pm

Good points, gladly taken. All the same, maybe when all the big features are settled in Veeam will come back and take a closer look some day. Or at the very least if the B2D2T job would go behind and delete the disk file after tape is confirmed that'd be awesome. Many thanks, guys.
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby tsightler » Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:11 pm

rreed wrote:Or at the very least if the B2D2T job would go behind and delete the disk file after tape is confirmed that'd be awesome.

A post-job Powershell script would be able to do this today with just a few lines of code if you have a case where you need this. Of course the next backup job run to disk would always be a full but perhaps that's what you want. However, I feel like most people that want backup directly to tape are trying to avoid the space required for the disk backup, so this use case seems a little more limited since you would still have to have enough space to hold the backup at least for a short while.
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby eee777 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:10 am

Sorry for bumping 1 year old thread, but i want to give my big +1 to that feature request. At the moment we are wasting 3x v3700 (used as temporary storage while waiting for B2T jobs to move the backup data to our tapes...). At least give a choice to your customers to follow or not to follow your best practices. Wasting 72TB and 6 Rack units does not look as a best practice for us.

Thank you for your attention!
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:52 pm

Hi eee777,

Thank you for your post and sorry for delay in responding. May I ask how you frequently your backup to tape and what you disk retention is? Changing the tape job schedule and setting shorter retention may help to use your storage more efficiently.
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby eee777 » Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:22 am

Hello Dima,

Thank you for your response! We would like to keep ~31-36 restore points for each VM (we need to restore them up to 4 weeks back if needed). We do daily incremental backups with synthetic full on Saturday. Tape retention policy is "Protect data for 5 weeks". I guess we have set 1 day retention for the disk storage if we want to minimize the data stored on it - all incremental backups will be removed once the full is done and then the full backup will be removed on the next day?
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby foggy » Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:50 pm

Entire chain of previous backups (full + increments) will be deleted once new full is created. This is, however, not typically recommended, since one day you might find yourself without any valid restore point at all.
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