Veeam Backup & Replication supports archiving Windows or Linux files and VM backups (VBK and VIB files) to tape media. Tape recording is performed by special jobs (VM backup-to-tape and file-to-tape), which can be also linked to traditional backup jobs as secondary backup destination, producing a fully automated workflow.
Veeam Backup & Replication uses the MTF (Microsoft Tape Format) industry format to write data to tape.
VM backup to tape process works as follows:
1.Veeam Backup & Replication enumerates backup files using the Backup Catalog in the Veeam Backup & Replication database to detect if any data has been modified since the latest backup. Detected changes are queued for archiving.
2.Veeam Backup & Replication connects to transport services and starts the data transfer process.
3.Transport services take over from this point. The source transport gets data from the backup repository and target transport service controls recording to tape.
4.While tape recording is performed, Veeam Backup service updates data in the Backup Catalog and Tape Catalog in Veeam Backup database. The Veeam Backup console displays refreshed information about VM-to-tape backups and shows job statistics.
File backup to tape process includes the following stages:
|1, 2||Veeam Backup & Replication scans the file system to detect file’s latest modification date and compares it to the information stored in the database. If the file has been changed since last stored backup, this means it is necessary to archive the latest changes to tape.|
3.Veeam Backup & Replication connects to transport services and starts data transfer process. Veeam transport services take over from that point, obtaining files from their host (Windows or Linux server) and recording them to tape.
4.While archiving to tape, Veeam Backup service updates Tape Catalog data in the Veeam Backup database.
5.The Veeam Backup & Replication console displays refreshed information about file-to-tape backups and shows job statistics. You can view the created archive under the Tape node in the Files view of Veeam Backup & Replication console.