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Two backup servers use one tape server

Veeam Logoby timmi2704 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:43 am

Good morning,

I will ask my short question first:
Is there any way of using a physical server connected to two FC tape libraries with the installed Veeam tape server service on more than one Veeam Backup Server?

The background:
My plan is to use a physical server connected to two tape libraries at a remote location.
I would like to use one of these libraries with a backup server at the headquarter and the other library with another backup server in the headquarter.
Is there a possibility of doing this without having two physical servers at the remote location?

Thanks a lot for your help.
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Re: Two backup servers use one tape server

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:59 am

Hello Timo,
Yes you can by installing a tape proxy on a remote windows server.
I would like to use one of these libraries with a backup server at the headquarter and the other library with another backup server in the headquarter.

Please, bear in mind that one backup server cant use a tape library attached to another backup server.
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Re: Two backup servers use one tape server

Veeam Logoby timmi2704 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:01 pm

Thanks for your quick reply, Dmitry.

The tape proxy server has two libraries connected (No Veeam installation, only the tape proxy).
So there is no possibility to use each of these libraries on two different Veeam backup servers?
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Re: Two vackup servers use one tape server

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:09 pm

Tape server cannot be shared between multiple backup servers. Unlike proxy servers, both backup servers will connect to the same service installed on the tape server, so at each moment in time, tape server can be "owned" by a single backup server. You can probably script tape server owner change prior to using this or that console (by re-adding it to the console), however this is not recommended.
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Re: Two backup servers use one tape server

Veeam Logoby timmi2704 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:11 pm

Ok, foggy. Thanks :-)

There is no chance to install two proxie services with each service handling only one of the libries?

I'm just trying to avoid to have two physical servers at this location.
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Re: Two backup servers use one tape server

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:23 pm

Hi Timo,
There is no chance to install two proxie services with each service handling only one of the libries?

That’s correct. Remote tape library role (and component) should be installed per server, so having two tape proxies on one windows machine is not supported.
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