StarWind Cloud VTL configure Tape Job in Veeam – pt.3

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StarWind Cloud VTL can be integrated in the Veeam’s Tape Infrastructure adding cloud storage tier to the corporate backup ensuring the compliance with 3-2-1 backup rule.

Cloud VTL is a Veeam Ready solution and each software component has been pre-tested and checked for compatibility.

 

Blog Series

StarWind Cloud VTL deployment – pt.1
StarWind Cloud VTL setup AWS and replication – pt.2
StarWind Cloud VTL configure Tape Job in Veeam – pt.3

 

Configure Tape Infrastructure

Replacing the physical tapes, StarWind Cloud CTL eliminates costly tape backup processes and provides an effortless integration of the cost-efficient Amazon S3 and Glacier object storage requiring no third-party software components to be installed.

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Open Veeam Backup & Replication and go to Tape Infrastructure tab. Click Add Tape Server to add the StarWind VTL device.

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Click Add New to specify the StarWind Server.

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Type the DNS name or IP address of the StarWind Server then click Next.

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Specify the credentials to access the Server and click Next.

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Click Apply to complete the Server configuration.

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Veeam Transport component is being installed in the StarWind Server.

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When the installation has completed, click Finish to exit the wizard.

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Once the Server has been selected, click Next to continue.

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Click Next.

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Click Apply to install missing components on StarWind Server.

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Missing components are being installed.

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When the installation has been completed successfully, click Finish to exit the wizard. Enable Start tape Library inventory when I click Finish option in order to discover available tape library devices.

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When the Tape Inventory is finished, the newly added tape library device is displayed with one tape drive already loaded.

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Configure a Backup to Tape Job

From Backup & Replication > Home click Tape Job and select Backups option.

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Enter a Name and click Next.

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Click Add and specify the backup job to process then click Next.

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Click Add New to add a new Media Pool.

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Select Simple media pool option.

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Type a Name and click Next.

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Click Add and select the existing tape to add to Media Pool. Click OK to confirm.

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When the tape has been added, click Next to continue.

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Specify the Media set name and click Next. Optionally you can specify the settings for the automatic creation of new media set.

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Specify the Data Retention Policy and click Next.

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If requested, specify the parallel processing and encryption options then click Next.

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Click Finish to create the new Media Pool.

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When the Media pool for full backups has been specified, click Next to continue the Backup to Tape Job configuration.

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Enable the Archive incremental backups to tape option then click Next.

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Enable both Media automation options. Export current media set upon job completion allows the automatic tape offload to Amazon S3 after backup job is completed. Click Next to continue.

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Specify the job Schedule and click Apply.

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Click Finish to save the configuration.

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To start the job immediately, right click the job name just created and select Start.

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The Backup to Tape job is being processed.

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When the backup has been completed, click OK to close the details window.

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Under Backups, select Tape to check the processed VMs.

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When the job is finished, the tape is automatically ejected, exported and marked as Offline according to Media automation settings previously configured.

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Access the AWS portal and go to the S3 Bucket used for VTL. Here you can see the just processed backup.

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The Tape Backup job is now configured making the backup infrastructure compliant with the rule 3-2-1.

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