I am trying to setup 2 tape jobs for offsite storage and archival. The first job will run once to tape and be stored off-site, not an issue. However, the second job I would like to have 2 tapes which I alternate on a daily basis and which will be replaced at the end of the month.
I read the guide here:
http://helpcenter.veeam.com/backup/80/v ... _jobs.html
Protect data for (time interval). If this option is selected, archives on tapes will be preserved for the specified period. When this period is over, data will be overwritten, starting with the tape that stores the oldest archive.
This setting must accord with the retention policy specified for the backup chain that you plan to archive to tape. The retention period for archives on tape must be greater or equal to the time interval for which restore points are kept on the backup repository. In the opposite case, with every new job cycle, Veeam Backup & Replication may write the same set of files to tape, instead of adding new ones.
For example, there are 14 backup files on the backup repository that are kept for 14 days. The backup to tape job archives files once a week. The retention policy for the media pool is set to 7 days. In this case, Veeam Backup & Replication will first write 14 backup files from the backup repository to tape. After a 7-day interval, Veeam Backup & Replication will start recording the whole set of backup files from the backup repository to tape anew, overwriting backup files on tape with their copies from the backup repository.
If my backup job has 14 restore points the guide clearly states I must set the overwrite period for the tape to at least 14 days. However, how do I manage this if I have 2 tapes that will be rotated daily? Will Veeam inventory the tapes and add the required backups to it if they don't already exist on the tape? For example, if I have a nightly job that has 14 restore points and I backup to tape on Monday. Veeam will move the full backup and all incremental jobs to tape. The second day to a new tape I assume it will do the same. What happens on the third day? What files on the tape will Veeam keep and which files will it delete if I have protection set to lets say 1 month?