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Re: V7 Share SCSI tape library

Post by Giacomo_N » Sep 05, 2013 4:23 pm

Hi guys, also working for me, but i'm able to share only the drive, not the library, anyway it's a great result!
Now i'm try to investigate in star wind community forum, i want to have the full library and the barcode reading

Thank you Guillermo and Vladimir and also Veeam and star wind software!!

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Re: V7 Share SCSI tape library

Post by v.eremin » Sep 06, 2013 8:11 am

You’re welcome. Should additional help be needed, don’t hesitate to let us know.

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[MERGED] : Veeam 7.0 - Tape backup question

Post by mjgreen81 » Oct 14, 2013 12:44 pm

Hi all,

We are looking at upgrading to 7.0 in the near future. One of the most attractive features is the possibility to get rid of Backup Exec and let Veeam deal with our tape library.

However, our existing Veeam backup server is a virtual machine and I understand that it is a requirement that he tape library be directly attached. I understand that a physical server is preferential but it may still be possible to achieve this with a virtual server.

Does anyone have any information about how this is done so that we can start to look at our options.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: V7 Share SCSI tape library

Post by v.eremin » Oct 14, 2013 1:01 pm

Hi, Mike,

For now you can use third-party tool mentioned by Guillermo in order to expose physically connected device via ISCSI protocol. Also, please be aware that we will support tape drives/libraries connected to proxy servers in one of the future releases.

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Re: V7 Share SCSI tape library

Post by mjgreen81 » Oct 14, 2013 1:03 pm

Thanks for the helpful information :)

I will start reading!

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Re: V7 Share SCSI tape library

Post by v.eremin » Oct 14, 2013 1:07 pm

You’re welcome. Should any additional help be needed, don’t hesitate to let us know. Thanks.

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[MERGED] : iSCSI Tape Drive

Post by mintyevertonian » Nov 13, 2013 12:36 pm

Hi All

I have a single iSCSI tape drive that is currently connected to a physical server

I have implemented VEEAM and all is working well but still have the infinite retention compliance issues for month end jobs

The VEEAM server I use is on a virtual server. Is there any way I could utilise this tape drive in this scenario? I know I can create a backup Exec job to copy the files from the repository to a tape but the restore times in this instance would be very slow.but I guess it is only for compliance and ultimate disaster

I was hoping to use the VEEAM tape features but I guess I would need a physical VEEAM server or connect the drive to the ESX host?

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Re: V7 Share SCSI tape library

Post by v.eremin » Nov 13, 2013 12:55 pm

Hi, Fintan,

Your post has been merged into existing discussion.

As mentioned above, in order to share physically connected library/drive via ISCSI protocol you have to use certain 3-party utility. Also, according to plan, the support of libraries/drives connected to VB&R proxy will be added in one of the next product releases.

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[MERGED] Backing up to Tape - Need Assistance with Requireme

Post by tscott » Dec 12, 2013 4:43 pm

I have a customer who needs to keep up to 18 years of backups.. Obviously, this means backing up to tape..

They are running ESXi 5.0 with 4 hosts and a virtual Veeam v7 server..

I am doing 30 days of Veeam backups but I'm guessing I need to get a monthly full onto tape for every machine..

I know this is probably simple but what is the best way to accomplish this? The Veeam backup copy option? I thought that VMWare didn't support external physical devices (tape drive) connected to VMs anymore?

Would I have to make my Veeam server physical? Is that a better option?

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Re: [MERGED] Backing up to Tape - Need Assistance with Requi

Post by foggy » Dec 12, 2013 4:54 pm

tscott wrote:I am doing 30 days of Veeam backups but I'm guessing I need to get a monthly full onto tape for every machine..

I know this is probably simple but what is the best way to accomplish this? The Veeam backup copy option?
You can offload monthly full backups with the backup to tape job also.
tscott wrote:I thought that VMWare didn't support external physical devices (tape drive) connected to VMs anymore?

Would I have to make my Veeam server physical? Is that a better option?
As it is described above, you can expose physically connected tape library to a VM via iSCSI protocol using third-party utilities.

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Re: V7 Share SCSI tape library

Post by tscott » Dec 12, 2013 5:11 pm

So just a backup copy job and select monthly backup?

So the tape library has to be connected to a physical Windows machine? If the Veeam server is physical, do you lose a lot in performance since it doesn't reside on the SAN etc?

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Re: V7 Share SCSI tape library

Post by foggy » Dec 13, 2013 10:19 am

tscott wrote:So just a backup copy job and select monthly backup?
I was talking about backup to tape job (D2T), not backup copy job (D2D).
tscott wrote:So the tape library has to be connected to a physical Windows machine? If the Veeam server is physical, do you lose a lot in performance since it doesn't reside on the SAN etc?
Above the way to connect tape library to a virtual backup server is described.

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Re: [MERGED] Backing up to Tape - Need Assistance with Requi

Post by v.eremin » Dec 14, 2013 7:35 am

How often the full backup is being performed? On weekly or on monthly basis?

In case of monthly schedule, you can specify backup job as a source for backup to tape job and deselect "processing incremental" option. Otherwise, if full backup is performed more frequently, then, you can create additional backup job that runs once a month in a "full backup " mode and select it as a source for backup to tape job.

Either way, you will have a monthly worth full backup on tapes.

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[MERGED] Options for tape library autoloader

Post by Choodee » May 05, 2014 6:24 pm

What options do I have to expose our Dell Powevault 124t SAS to our Veaam B&R running as a VM? are we limited to iSCSI or can we somehow add the physical server with the SAS connected powervault as a backup target?

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Re: V7 Share SCSI tape library

Post by foggy » May 05, 2014 8:21 pm

Sandee, please review this thread for the available options. Thanks.

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