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How to connect and backup data from SAN to tape library? Please help

Created: 24 Jan 2013 | 4 comments

Hello everyone,

Usually I scheduled all of the data from our server to go to our IBM tape backup library. As of now, my manager asked me to bring the data to SAN and then back them up to tape library so for that reason we are going to have two backups.

Here are my uestions for this senario:

1) I guess I have to create LUN's on one of our server, put the data on it and then back it up to tape, right?

2) How I have to backup data from SAN to tape? do I have to create backup to SAN folder or not?

3) is there anyway that I can backup data directly from SAN to tape without creating LUN's on one of the servers?

I appreciate for your help regarding this matter.

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teiva-boy's picture

All you need is a LUN attached to the server, create a B2D folder within BackupExec, and backups now go to this LUN (which is obviously formatted with NTFS)

Later you have a duplicate job that clones the LUN data to tape.

Personally, I would NOT use the same SAN that your production data resides.  THhis is data protection 101!.  

There is an online portal, save yourself the long hold times. Create ticket online, then call in with ticket # in hand :-) "We backup data to restore, we don't backup data just to back it up."

CraigV's picture


You'd do the following in a nutshell:

1. Zone the media server to the SAN storage, carve out disk and present.

2. Initialise and format within Windows.

3. In BE, under Device, right-click the server name and choose the option to create a backup-to-disk folder (B2D) and place it on the newly presented LUN.

4. Create a duplicate job that will duplicate from disk to tape (D2D2T). Follow the TNs below:

5. Modify your jobs to point to the B2D first. Your backups will run to disk, and then be duplicated to tape according to your schedule...


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