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Prerequisites and Supported Configurations

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To ensure tape device visibility to the Veeam backup server and to manage tape media from the Veeam Backup & Replication console, it is recommended that you take these steps prior to installing Veeam Backup & Replication:

1.Enable a connection between a tape device and the Veeam backup server.
Veeam Backup & Replication allows working with tape devices that are directly attached to the physical Veeam backup server. Tape devices can be connected over Fibre Channel (FC), Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), SCSI. You can also use the Microsoft iSCSI initiator on the Veeam backup server to connect to the tape device on a remote server via iSCSI.

Сonsider that as per the VMware vSphere Release Notes (https://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-esx-vcenter-server-50-release-notes.html), VMware does not support tape drives connected directly to ESX(i) 4.x and later. For more details and recommendations on configuring vendor-supported tape drives and media changers on ESX(i), please refer to VMware documentation (http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1016407).

2.Install an appropriate device driver on the machine where Veeam Backup & Replication is installed.
If multiple driver installation modes are supported for your storage device, make sure the driver is installed in the mode that allows for multiple open handles from a host to a drive to exist at the same time.
For example, if installing a driver for IBM System Storage TS3100 Tape Library or TS3200 Tape Library, you should use the install_nonexclusive.exe installer as described in the product Readme.
Please refer to your storage system manufacturer recommendations on choosing the appropriate setup option.

Also, consider the following when planning for tape archiving with Veeam Backup & Replication:

Starting with version 7.0 R2, Veeam Backup & Replication supports tape libraries with configured partitioning functionality that allows presenting multiple tape library partitions to the same host.
Veeam Backup & Replication supports file backup from any machine that 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.
If you plan to run both Veeam Backup & Replication and 3rd party tape-recording software (for example, in your evaluation lab), consider that Veeam Backup & Replication by default will periodically lock the drive to perform rescan, preventing other software from recording. To learn how to modify rescan interval or turn the rescan off, refer to the Getting Started with Tapes section below.

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IMPORTANT!

Veeam Backup & Replication supports LTO3 or later tape libraries (including VTL) and standalone drives. To learn more, check System Requirements.

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