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Diffrence between Backup to Tape and File to Tape

Post by Joker24-7 » Feb 17, 2015 8:42 am

Hi,

i´m new here. Can someone tell me the diffrence betwen a backup to tape Job and file to tape job ?

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Re: Diffrence between Backup to Tape and File to Tape

Post by Vitaliy S. » Feb 17, 2015 9:19 am

Hi,

Yes, sure. Here you go:
User Guide wrote:▪Backup to tape jobs allow you to archive full backups or forward incremental backup chains stored on disk
▪Files to tape jobs allow you to archive files from any Microsoft Windows or Linux server connected to the Veeam backup server or from a shared folder accessible by the Veeam backup server
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Re: Diffrence between Backup to Tape and File to Tape

Post by Joker24-7 » Feb 17, 2015 9:58 am

Hi,

so if I use reversse incremental Backup it makes no diffrence if i do a File to tape or Backup to tape Job is this right ?

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Re: Diffrence between Backup to Tape and File to Tape

Post by veremin » Feb 17, 2015 10:00 am

It makes, because a files to tape job will transfer both .vib and .vbk files, meanwhile, a backup to tape one only .vbks. Thanks.

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Re: Diffrence between Backup to Tape and File to Tape

Post by Vitaliy S. » Feb 17, 2015 7:29 pm 1 person likes this post

Additionally, if you use backup to tape jobs, you will be able to track what VMs are on tapes, as opposed to using file to tape jobs. In the second variant you will only know which files are stored on tapes.

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Re: Diffrence between Backup to Tape and File to Tape

Post by Dima P. » Feb 17, 2015 11:19 pm

Christoph,
so if I use reversse incremental Backup it makes no diffrence if i do a File to tape or Backup to tape Job is this right
Existing backup to tape functionality has one limitation for backup source - reverse incremental backups .vrb and Microsoft SQL Server log files .vlb are skipped, so if you target backup to tape to the reversed incremental backup, only vbk will be transferred.

As guys said, having file to tape job with reversed incremental is ok because it will recognize backup as a regular file, so both vrb’s and vbk’s are pushed to tape. Keep in mind that file to tape job does not provide you the advanced scheduling options like starting tape job after the source disk job is completed or when new backup file appear in the repository.

In addition you can refer to our Help Center > Archiving Data to Tape chapter. Thank you.

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