Tape is alive and well part 2

Part 2 of my Tape as a Service post, how to set it up. I am including some links to Veeam support for tape drives and libraries.

Supported devices and configurations:

https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/backup/vsphere/tape_supported_devices.html?ver=95u4

Veeam Best Practice Guide link:

https://bp.veeam.expert/tape_support-intro

For a service provider to set this up for a tenant, the tape server needs to be added to the Cloud Connect Backup Server. Start by installing the tape drive/library and connecting to your Windows server. Verify that the driver recognizes the drive/library in Windows Device Manager.

Once it is established in Windows, it can be added to Veeam by going into Tape Infrastructure-Add Tape Server.

Veeam components will be added to the Windows server and will scan the device as it adds into Veeam.

Once Veeam has set it up, the library and drives will show and any tapes that are in the library will be inventoried:

From the Screen shot, I have a Spectra library with an IBM drive and 20 tapes (18 in the free pool and 2 in Skitch pool).

Going to back to the tape home screen, you will see the new Tenant to Tape feature:

Select Tenant to Tape, name the job something that makes sense to you, on the next screen at the Add – choose Tenants. At this point you can select 1 tenant at a time, giving more flexibility and separation of backups or choose multiple tenants. Multiple tenants will put them on the same media which will require the service provider to recover the backup first and the tenant can recover it back to their datacenter.

Then select your media pool or create one. You have the option for a GFS or a GFS WORM (this is also new):

Creating a media set allows you to set the retention policy:

Under Scheduling, you have advanced options for when to run each rollup:

The tenant does not see these backups on their Veeam server, which makes it great for ransomware and insider threat protection. The service provider can see the files on tape under the Files tab:

Also, under the Media-Online tab, you can see what tapes were used and when they will expire:

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