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LTO-5 with Symantec 10d

Posted on 2011-03-18
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Hi ,

we are using Symantec Backup EXEC 10d and a LTO-3 drive on our win2003 Server to backup several SQL DBs, Exchange2003 and Fileservers.

Now I want to replace the LTO-3 drive with a new LTO-5 drive.
That drive has now built-in AES encryption.
How does that work? Does it depend on the backupsoftware?
Can I still use Symantec10d with this tapedrive?

thanks
lenn0x
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by:mgf2000
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I dont think you can use Symantec 10d with your LTO5.

Please have a look at the hardware compatibility list about symantec 10d located here :
http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH46109

i dont not see LTO5 on it.
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It's likely that Symantec 10d will work, but it will NOT support the HW encryption the LTO drive can use.  The encryption is an option, not required; you'll still be able to use the drive to create unencrypted tapes if you choose.

You can turn the HW encryption on in the backup application (if supported), or in some HW device supported by a tape library the drive is mounted in.

If you use any kind of encryption, DO NOT lose your encryption key (of the passphrase used to create them).  There is no 'back door' to decrypting tapes if you lose the key.
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by:lenn0x
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@SelfGovern:
thanks, that's what I wanted to know.
I do not need encryption.

thank you!
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