Before you configure a backup to tape job, complete the following prerequisites:
- You must have Veeam Backup & Replication Enterprise license or higher is installed on the Veeam backup server.
- You must check configuration of source backup job(s). Tape jobs have the following requirements for the restore points to keep setting:
- A source job with forever forward incremental chain must keep not less then 3 restore points on disk.
- A source job with forward incremental chain must keep not less then 3 restore points on disk.
- A source backup copy job must keep not less then 4 restore points on disk.
- A reverse incremental chain has no required minimum.
- You must configure one or more simple media pool with the necessary media set and retention settings.
- You must load tapes to the tape device and configure the target media pool so that it has access to them. If the media pool has no available tape, the tape job will wait for 72 hours and then terminate.
Mind the following limitations:
- The backup to tape job processes only VBK (full backups) and VIB files (forward incremental backups).
- If you back up to tape a reverse incremental chain, the tape job will always copy the full backup. Reverse incremental backups (VRB) are skipped from processing.
- Microsoft SQL Server log files (VLB) are skipped from processing.