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where to connect tape drive?

Veeam Logoby kappa85 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:50 pm

Hi,
our environment is an Hyper-V cluster made of 4 nodes + a SAN connected through a fiber switch, and a physical "backup server" that is a dell poweredge with a lot of disks.
At the moment veeam 8 is installed on a VM in cluster and it is performing backups on a shared volume of the backup server. Now we'd like to add the tape library to the environment for offsite backup location, and configure the appropriate retentions in Veeam. The question is: which machine should the tape be connected to, and using which kind of connection? (scsi, iscsi,....). I obviosuly need this connection to be affordable and to minimize network utilization.

Thank you
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Re: where to connect tape drive?

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:03 pm

Veeam B&R v8 is not out yet :), but once it is out you will be able to connect tape library to any Windows server (while with v7 it can be connected to the backup server only).
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Re: where to connect tape drive?

Veeam Logoby kappa85 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:15 pm

Very good... but which is the best practice you can suggest for my environment?
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Re: where to connect tape drive?

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:49 pm

I would connect it directly to the server storing backups, to avoid excessive network traffic.
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Re: where to connect tape drive?

Veeam Logoby kappa85 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:44 pm

Ok, so you can confirm that with this configuration veeam vm will act only as a "supervisor", and data will flow directly from the backup server to the scsi tape library? No network traffic (or low traffic) will be generated?
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Re: where to connect tape drive?

Veeam Logoby foggy » Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:53 pm

Yes, this is how it is supposed to work.
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