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PowerVault TL2000 with iSCSI Controller Card

Post by lewisdrummond » Feb 25, 2011 3:46 pm

I'm looking to purchase a Dell PowerVault TL2000 (2U autoloader with 24 tapes) with an iSCSI controller card. I believe this will allow me to mount the TL2000 into Windows 2008 R2 as an iSCSI drive, which will then be accessible to Veeam directly.

I know that Veeam doesn't support direct backup to tape, but is the logic in my above thinking accurate?

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Re: PowerVault TL2000 with iSCSI Controller Card

Post by Vitaliy S. » Feb 25, 2011 4:47 pm

Lewis, I guess it should be ok, as soon as you're able to mount iSCSI drive to a Windows server with Veeam Backup and choose it as destination target.

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Re: PowerVault TL2000 with iSCSI Controller Card

Post by Gostev » Feb 25, 2011 7:25 pm

May not work as Veeam not just run backup files like legacy software, it also updates and removes existing files. I am not sure how well tape handles random I/O ;)

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Re: PowerVault TL2000 with iSCSI Controller Card

Post by tsightler » Feb 25, 2011 9:24 pm

I'm not really sure what you're trying to accomplish. If you present a tape library to Windows via iSCSI, it's still a tape drive, it doesn't appear as a hard drive. You would still need software that understands how to handle tape.

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