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Third-party tape handling

Veeam Logoby redhorse » Tue May 19, 2015 10:21 am

Hello,

with the new Veeam-Patch there is a new enhancement:

Third-party tape handling
Added support for detecting and reusing tapes written by third-party tape backup vendors.


What does that mean? I can't find any Information about this new Feature. Which new backup vendors?

It would be so great if it would be possible to read Backup Exec Tapes! :)

Kind regards
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Re: Third-party tape handling

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Tue May 19, 2015 10:41 am

The said support means that now we can do both recognize that tape has been written by 3-party vendor and erase it ourselves, where previously usage of device manufacturer tool has been required. Thanks.
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Re: Third-party tape handling

Veeam Logoby ccatlett1984 » Thu May 21, 2015 1:26 pm

I would love to be able to tell Veeam to erase those tapes automatically (we are converting from B&E, and re-using LTO4 tapes).
I'd be fine with a nasty warning dialog, .... possible data loss....
or even a registry key.

Also, I don't like that it "fails" the inventory on those tapes.
Have a separate node for "foreign media" and put them there instead of failing.
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Re: Third-party tape handling

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu May 21, 2015 2:16 pm

As mentioned above, VB&R is capable of erasing medias written by 3-party products. Or you're asking about something different?
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Re: Third-party tape handling

Veeam Logoby ccatlett1984 » Thu May 21, 2015 5:32 pm

I know it can erase them.

I put the "foreign" media into my autoloader, and run an inventory in veeam. It inventories, and fails for each "foreign" tape. They are pulled into "unrecognized" media, and I have to select them and perform a "quick erase". The manual action of having to erase them; is what I would like to avoid. I agree that it should not auto-erase "foreign" media "out-of-the-box" but it should be an option for those moving from another tape backup product and wishing to re-use tapes.
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Re: Third-party tape handling

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Thu May 21, 2015 7:33 pm

ccatlett1984 wrote:The manual action of having to erase them; is what I would like to avoid.

You can script it with PowerShell then.

ccatlett1984 wrote:should be an option for those moving from another tape backup product and wishing to re-use tapes

This feature has a very limited use (not something our users will benefit on the on-going base), and as such it makes a bad investment of our R&D resources...
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Re: Third-party tape handling

Veeam Logoby ccatlett1984 » Thu May 21, 2015 7:45 pm

how can I script that? (I'd be very happy with that as a solution)
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Re: Third-party tape handling

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Thu May 21, 2015 7:50 pm

We provide a PowerShell cmdlet for that > Erase-VBRTapeMedium
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Re: Third-party tape handling

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Fri May 22, 2015 9:29 am

The script should get all the mediums belonging to unrecognized media pool and erase them in accordance, but use it cautiously:

Code: Select all
asnp VeeamPSSnapin
$MediaPool = Get-VBRTapeMediaPool -name "Unrecognized"
Get-VBRTapeMedium -MediaPool $MediaPool | Erase-VBRTapeMedium


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