We recently upgraded to VEEAM 7 and are trying to wrap our minds around the tape backup features. I am currently running reverse incremental backups of all of our critical servers as well as replication to alternate hardware for services that we must be able to restore immediately. I've noticed that when creating a tape job against a reverse incremental backup it only transfers the lastest file, the full backup, I have read all about this and I fully understand it. With all that said I have several questions that maybe someone else has already thought of.
1. If I run a files to tape job vice a backups to tape job, and I backup the vbk, vbr, and vbm files will I be able to restore from the vrb recovery points as well as the vbk file?
2. If I the answer to the above is yes, will I need enough disk space to restore the vbk and vbr files to in order to recover files or can I restore directly from tape?
3. If the answer to the number two is yes, which I am assuming from the restore options I see in the console, is there a scenario where I would be able to restore individual guest files and vmdks directly from tape or will I always need enough free disk space to restore the backup files to before I can do a restore?
Thanks in advance for any help.