File to tape job allows you to back up to tape any Microsoft Windows or Linux files. Also, you can back up volumes of storage devices that support the NDMP protocol. For more information, see NDMP Servers Backup to Tape.
You can back up files to tape from the following storing devices:
- Windows servers, including physical boxes
- Linux servers, including physical boxes
- NAS devices (by specifying the SMB path to the share)
- NDMP servers.
The file to tape job compares the source files to the files stored in tape archive and copies the changes to tape. You can create both full and incremental backups of files on tape. Veeam Backup & Replication supports file backup from any server which has been added as a managed server to the Veeam Backup console (that is, Windows or Linux server, including physical boxes). You can also archive files residing on NAS devices.
To back up Veeam backup files, you can use backup to tape jobs that are specially intended for this and offer more possibilities. However, you can archive backups as files using file to tape job.
When planning file to tape jobs, consider that the job performance depends more on the number of files to back up then on the amount of data. For example, writing a large number of small files with overall size of 10GB with one job will take more time than writing one 10GB file. If your job contains an extra-large number of files (like millions of files) with one job, the job performance will be affected significantly. To improve performance, consider creating several file to tape jobs.
If the file to tape job fails to complete in 3 weeks, it is terminated by timeout.