Basic tape backup questions

Last post 06-16-2017, 3:07 PM by JohnB352. 2 replies.
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  • Basic tape backup questions
    Posted: 06-14-2017, 9:56 AM

    We've been backing up to disk for 4+ years now, but mgt would like another layer of protection, so we're going to add tape backups.

    A couple questions:

    1. How do you add a new Storage Policy, and point it to the tape drive?  By the way, I couldn't add the tape drive to an existing Media Agent, so we added a new server, made it a MA, and connected the drive to it.  If I just go into the GUI and go to the Policies>Storage Policies node, and select "add a new storage policy", I don't get an option to choose a MA.
    2. Should I create a new DDB, or use an existing one?  We currently have 2 DDBs.  One is used just for file servers, the other for everything else.
  • Re: Basic tape backup questions
    Posted: 06-15-2017, 11:02 PM
    1. You can add a Tape Drive to existing MA. There is no technical reason to create a new MA to add tape drive and in fact to create copies it is better to use the same MA to copy data LAN Free
    2. Please see doc on configuring tape drive here
    3. Create a new copy under existing storage policy and select this Tape Library as the DataPath. There is no need to create a separate storage policy. To add extra copy you just need to create a new copy

    Rajiv Kottomtharayil
  • Re: Basic tape backup questions
    Posted: 06-16-2017, 3:07 PM

    We had a technical reason for adding a new MA;  the new tape drive we have is LTO-7, the MA is running Server 2008 R2, and that OS does not support LTO-7, for this tape drive.

    So unfortunately, it will be over the LAN.  Thanks for the BOL doc, that helps.

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