I’ve had pre-release versions of Veeam Backup & Replication version 7 running in my lab for some time. I decided to make some videos on some of the key features of the product, so you can get an idea how they really work. In this three-part blog post, I will take you through some of the new features of the product. In this third and final post, we focus on native tape support. I’ve written about this topic previously: The awesome 8th feature of Veeam B&R v7: ‘Backup copy job’.

Native Tape Support

I’ll walk you through the various tape options available in the ‘backup infrastructure’ part of the Veeam console. There are a couple of administrative tasks to perform, such as ‘inventory library’, ‘catalog library’ and eject a tape from the drive. You can also erase tapes, mark them as free, etc.

The Veeam console will give you an overview of the different tape objects, such as the drives, media and media pools.

I will create and run a backup to tape job. Cool thing is that you can add a backup job or a whole backup repository to a ‘backup to tape’ job. You have options to select the different media pools for full and incremental backup files.

General options for this job type include hardware compression (don’t use this if you’re backing up compressed files such as Veeam backup files), option to eject the physical media once the job completes and an option to export the current media set once job completes on specific days so you can transport the set to a remote location.
You can have the job running after a another job to daisy chain jobs together, or have the job run as new files appear.

Finally, I will do a restore from tape back into the repository.