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Virtual Tape Library option license

Created: 01 Jun 2013 • Updated: 08 Aug 2013 | 7 comments
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hi all,

I have a HP D2D4112 storage system and is connected to the BE2010 server (will upgrade to BE2012)

I need to know if i need to purchase a VTL license for it (for BE2012)? or this license is embeded in the core license of Media Server ?

Thanks in advance

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ZeRoC00L's picture

No, no VTL is required if you configure the HP D2D as library with one tape unit.

Have this setup running at two customers, without additional licenses.

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pkh's picture

I would suggest that you check with the Symantec Licencing department which is the final authority on all licencing matters.

ZeRoC00L's picture

No need to contact the licensing department. Just check the licensing guide:

It clearly states:

Purchase one Virtual Tape Library Unlimited Drive Option for each Virtal Tape Library with multiple virtual tape drives.

So as long as you configure only one virtual tape drive, your fine.

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Larry Fine's picture

need? no, assuming a single drive

want?  maybe, it all depends upon your environment.  If you want to use more than one drive (to allow more than one job at a time), will will need appropriate LEO license(s) or a VTL license.

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teiva-boy's picture

The cost break down is if you had to buy 3 or more LEO licenses, you might as buy the VTL license.

The biggest benefit to a VTL is performance.  If you do not use more than 1 drive, you wasted lots of money and everyone's time.

You might as well use the HP D2D as a disk target (B2D over CIFS)  Though the better option would have been to use it as an OST target.

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."

lotan's picture


can you specify the hardware compatibily for this agent?

i want to connect EML of HP,



Colin Weaver's picture

Be aware that VTL capable devices somestimes have an emulation mode and in emulation mode the strings and identifiers returned to Backup Exec match a physical library (possibly even one from a different vendor)  If the string does not identify the library as a VTL (because of how it is configured) then Backup Exec will not allow you to use a VTL license (assuming there are more than 2 drives in the VTL)

As such as well as making sure that the VTL itself is on our compatibulity list, also make sure that you do not configure the VTL to emulate a physical library as if you do this you will needs a LEO 9agaisn assuming more than 2 drives exists in your emulated library)