Is there a way to move my existing GFS restore points to tape and allow for per-VM restore?
We have been backing up to a local repo with a bunch of GFS .VBK points (monthly, quarterly, yearly). This repo has windows dedup enabled, which has save a tremendous amount of space across the GFS VBK's. However, for various reasons, I want to recreate our GFS copy jobs and start all new chains. Doing so will start new backup chains, and we do not have disk space to keep all of the original VBK's (and we need them for compliance reasons). I have installed an LTO-7 tape library to move most of our GFS points off the repository. This will allow a rebuild, and also serve as an air gap in our backup strategy going forward.
Now I'm new when it comes to tape jobs, and I'm struggling to find the right approach. I was able to create a file job and back up a specified VBK file to a tape. As a test, I wanted to restore a VM from the VBK back to disk to verify data integrity. However, it appears VEEAM is only aware of the VBK file, and cannot "see inside" to restore an individual VM. Instead, it only allows me to recover the entire 3.5TB VBK file which is a long process and obviously requires a lot of disk space. This is not what I had in mind. Is there a better way to move these GFS points to tape?
Thanks in advance.