Can someone set me straight on how a NEW INSTALL (not upgrade) of VB&R V8 works with tape hardware? In reading the User Guide (rev 3) I came across these passages:
page 230: "If you deploy Veeam Backup & Replication anew, you must connect the tape device via the tape server."
page 230: "If you upgrade Veeam Backup & Replication to version 8, you can connect the tape device via the tape server or use a direct connection."
page 701: "Choose a machine that will act as the tape server. The tape server must be a dedicated Microsoft Windows server, physical or virtual, accessible by Veeam Backup & Replication."
My interpretation of these pages is that if you intall a NEW instance of VB&R V8, you can no longer attach tape hardware directly to the VB&R server, but must use a "dedicated" Windows server with the Tape Server role to connect the physical tape hardware... but if you UPGRADE from V7 with existing tape hardware connected to the VB&R box, you can continue to use it that way.
Am I interpreting this correctly? My confusion stems from asking this question via Twitter and getting responses from Veeam that yes, you CAN connect tape hardware directly to a NEW V8 install... but that seems to contradict the user guide, unless I'm just mis-interpreting everything on those pages.
Can someone confirm that a NEW INSTALL of V8 can have tape hardware attached to it, or if in fact I DO need a dedicated, separate Windows box on which to attach the tape hardware and run the Tape Server role?