After migrating to BE 2012
I've finally gotten to my W2008R2 file server migration and thus a new install of BEX 2012. I have re-attached my same Quantum LTO-4 tape drive. I will start fresh (ie, no migration or upgrade/import from BEX10d). From what I have been reading here, I believe I need to invetory and catalog the drive and setup my new backup scheme using the tape drive, but before I do anything, I want to make sure;
1. Is it best to use the Symatec drivers or the Quantum drivers since I have the choice?
2. I want to be able to recover data if necessary, from the old tapes (that willl serve as past monthly/yearly full backup archives) collected on my old W2003, BEX 10d file server. I'd make a "Restore Data" directory on the new server and restore to it if old files are ever needed. Is it as easy as putting the the tapes into the drive, invetorying and cataloging them, and then seeing the contained data to restore?
3. Still unclear on the ups and downs of using hardware vs. software compression and if they are widely recommended.
Tnx in advance!