How Machines Backup to Tape Works

When Veeam Backup & Replication executes a backup to tape job (started manually or on schedule), it performs the following operations:

  1. The backup to tape job addresses the Backup Catalog in the Veeam Backup & Replication database to detect backups that match the job criteria.
  2. The files are queued for archiving.
  3. Veeam Backup & Replication connects to the Data Movers and starts the data transfer process. The source Data Mover retrieves data from the backup repository and target Data Mover sends data to tape.
  4. The tape job addresses the media pool that is set for this job as target. The media pool allots tapes for writing data according to the following configuration options:
  • Tapes consumption
  • Media sets
  • Tape retention.
  1. 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 backups archived to tape and shows job statistics.

How Machines Backup to Tape Works 

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