GRT restores directly from tape (without staging the full VMDK to disk first)
I backup my file server using VMDK backup with GRT. The file server is 1TB in size.
If I want to restore a couple of files (let's say, 10Mb of data) using GRT, then Backup Exec will
1 - restore the full 1TB to the media server HDD (this takes a long time, and also requires 1TB of free space on the media server only for GRT restore operations)
2 - read the files from the VMDK (by mounting it, I suppose) and restore them to the original server
It would be really great if step 1 could be skipped somehow. Yes, I know, this is probably technically very difficult to implement, but wouldn't it be a killer feature?