Dima P. wrote:Deeper integration with source jobs, including additional scheduling options, is indeed provided in backup to tape jobs
Dima P. wrote:Can you share any advantages of using file to tape jobs instead of backup to tape job, especially when it comes to files produces by VBR jobs? Thanks.
Well, it's really simple. File to Tape Jobs are far more flexible. Instead of just saving *.vbk or *.vib diskjob files to tape, you can specify what kind of directories from your Veeam Backup & Replication server should be saved to tape as well, like for e.g. configuration directories, tape catalog info text files from a complex backup environment with tape libraries, parts of other Veeam Backup & Replication directories and many more files or directories, which one could consider as very important, especially when it comes down to completely re-install a broken Veeam Backup & Replication hardware.
Of course, if you completely manually re-install a physical Veeam Backup & Replication hardware, all you need to have to restore any kind of VM is the *.vbk and *.vib files, but it's helpful to have some more files from parts of your Veeam Backup & Replication environment in your backup tapes.
I personally tend to save the barcode label name of a weekly, monthly or yearly tape in a text file, because I have a complex robotic environment and should the complete Veeam Backup & Replication hardware explode and I need to re-install that system, I would like to know, what kind of tape was used in which week, month or year-end and that info is seperately saved in a text file, which I would like to save on tape as well and that's only possible with File to Tape Jobs, because there you can specify to backup more than just the *.vbk and *.vib files.
Similar reasons should be the case with other users here, which prefer to use 'File to Tape Jobs' over 'Backup to Tape Jobs', because the plain *.vbk and *.vib files aren't enough in their scenarios.
In fact, I personally don't see any advantage to use 'Backup to Tape Jobs' instead of 'File to Tape Jobs', because the latter is more flexible and offers more options to decide, what really should be placed on a tape.
And as I and others (so I did understand) don't want to guess, when disk jobs are finished, we would like to have the option to start 'File to Tape Jobs' as soon as a disk job is finished. This is only possible with the option 'After this job' in the scheduler.
So please, the feature request is more than 1 year old already and I would really like to see this feature included very soon. Other backup software offer options, like ...
Backup to Disk to Tape
... in one job. This would be another option, but Veeam Backup & Replication strictly seperates Disk and Tape jobs.
The scheduler option 'After this job' is really a nice feature in VBR, but it's missing in 'File to Tape Jobs' and it should be there as well.