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Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby EddyChong » Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:30 pm

Hi,

I have a customer asking the question:
Does Veeam able to do D2T? (Directly backup VMs to tape library without needs to backup to disk)

I know Veeam does D2D2T. We can creates backup to tape job, we could selects either from backup job or from repository.
I am a bit confuse when talking about creating a backup to tape job from backup jobs. Does it means just linking? (after the d2d job finished then backup to tape job which linked will be started immediately and push the backup files which just being created to tape)

or does it means we create another set of backup files from VM directly (like the d2d backup job did) and then push directly to tape?

I doubt we can directly backup to tape. Can someone clarify this? It will be very much appreciated. I could not test it out since i don't have tape or mhvtl setup in my test lab.

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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:40 pm 1 person likes this post

EddyChong wrote:I am a bit confuse when talking about creating a backup to tape job from backup jobs. Does it means just linking? (after the d2d job finished then backup to tape job which linked will be started immediately and push the backup files which just being created to tape)

Eddy, your understanding is correct. Veeam B&R does not perform backup directly to tape, you need to backup VMs to disk first and then copy backup files to tape using either backup to tape or file to tape job.
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby EddyChong » Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:42 pm

Hi Alexendar,

Thanks! This question was came from a customer with Symantec experience.

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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby EddyChong » Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:47 am

Hi,

I got a follow up question. If we did the following:
1. Backup to disk and then push to VTL.
2. From VTL backup files is then push to physical tape library

When it comes to restoration scenario, backup files from physical tape library are restored to a disk location and then being imported to Veeam repository.
Does the recovery points chain still preserve? Personally i think Veeam will not recognize since the backup files were push to physical tape using Falconstor VTL.

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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:42 am 1 person likes this post

Does the recovery points chain still preserve?

Import via .vbm file allows you to import the whole backup chain. Thanks.
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby EddyChong » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:45 am

Hi Vladmir,

Noted. That means i need to have the whole set of full and incrementals with associated vbm (metadata) then i'm fine to import the backup files, am i correct?

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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:48 am

Correct.
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby EddyChong » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:49 am

Thanks!
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby foggy » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:49 am

Actually you can import a chain even without the VBM file, just selecting the VBK. VBM allows for more robust import operation though.
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby EddyChong » Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:01 am

Then let say if the set of files restored from physical disks were somehow without the vbm file, can I say the backup chain still preserved?

Since according to Veeam guide
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I assumed it won't be mapped to existing backup jobs in this case.

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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:08 am

Can I say the backup chain still preserved?

Yes, even without .vbm, the whole chain should be imported via .vbk file. Though, it never harms to have .vbm at hand. Thanks.
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby EddyChong » Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:09 am

Noted with thanks!

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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:11 am 1 person likes this post

You're welcome. If any other questions arise, feel free to contact us. Thanks.
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[MERGED] Backup directly to TAPE

Veeam Logoby cczornenki » Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:29 pm

Hello, we are evaluating veeam to replace Symantec Backup Exec.

We can´t find the way to perfrom backups directly to our Dell Powevault TL 2000 . The non exclusive driver is working properly and the tape is correctly identified.

Is there anyway we can skip backup to disk ?

Best,
Christian
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Re: Backup Directly to Tape

Veeam Logoby foggy » Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:47 pm

Hello, Christian. There's no way to skip backup to disk.
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