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Native Tape Support

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With earlier Veeam Backup & Replication versions, users had to utilize third-party tools or scripts in order to archive Veeam backup files to tape. Now this capability is integrated into the product, including tape cataloging and management operations that can be performed directly from Veeam Backup console. This feature offers very convenient archiving of backup files, and allows you to easily restore repositories or individual VMs from tape.

Veeam Backup & Replication allows working with tape devices directly attached to the Veeam Backup server (for example, connected over Fibre Channel (FC), Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), SCSI) or remote devices connected to Veeam Backup server via iSCSI (you can use Microsoft iSCSI initiator to establish the connection).

When planning for recording to tape, consider that tape backup engine is optimized for backing up large files (such as VM backups). Backing up large amounts of small files may exhibit significantly reduced performance.


With Veeam Backup Management Suite or Veeam Essentials deployed, you can use the Tape Backups report from Veeam Backup & Replication report pack to analyze your tape archiving jobs configuration and, if necessary, modify them for better performance.

When planning for VM restores from tape, keep in mind the following workflow and plan for staging storage accordingly:

1.Since tape does not support random access, required backup files (containing the restore point of the VM you wish to restore) will be firstly restored to a temporary staging area (specified repository or folder);

2.Then Veeam Backup & Replication will create a restore task to restore the VM to the specified destination;

3.Finally, the staging area will be cleaned up.

Veeam Backup & Replication also supports file backup from any server which has been added as a managed server to the Veeam Backup & Replication console (that is, Windows or Linux server, including physical boxes). It is also possible to backup NAS devices by specifying the SMB path to the share; this feature offers both full and incremental backups options.


While this capability is not intended to be a complete replacement for traditional file-level backup products, it can provide required protection when a file-level backup solution is needed.

See also: Tape Integration

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