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Data Domain dump to Tape

Posted on 2011-09-13
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All,

We just setup a Data Domain backup system and it is working great; however we still have a need to archive to tape. (don't ask, its archaic)

We don't have money to purchase a separate data domain to replicate data off site; but we have a need to keep large volumes of data for extended periods of time. Can someone point me to some resources that would allow me to perform routine backups of our backup data domain and write the data to LTO 4 tape?

Thanks in advance.
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What are you using for backup software?  Is your Data Domain licensed for VTL?

Need more info.
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Using BackupExec 2010 R2; yes we are licensed for VTL.

We do not have a FC switch, but there are two FC ports on the box. It's a DD630

Thanks!
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I was hoping you were going to say NetBackup :p  I've never used BackupExec and am not sure what features are shared between the 2.

Alright well in that case let me just explain a couple things I remember when setting up D2D2T with a DDR460/NetBackup/Quantum Scalar i500 at a previous job.

If you already are running in VTL mode, and BackupExec sees the DD630 as a tape library and not a DSU, then you should be able to just setup tape replication between libraries via BackupExec.  That's not really D2D2T but rather D2T2T

OTOH how I did it technically is D2D2T because I was not in VTL mode and instead set up the DDR460 as a disk staging device, staging backups to my Scalar i500.  Then you get fancy with expiration dates of the different images, make them really long on the tape image but shorter on the original staged image.

Make sense?
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Oh don't worry about the lack of FC switch, you just need to connect both devices to your media server.
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Hi Pitchford,

Curious, what did you end up doing?  I don't get to talk backup stuff much these days :p
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