How to Copy Backup Repository to Tape

With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you are able to use a disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) data protection approach. This approach allows to store backups on a disk for fast operational recovery and copy them to a tape for archival and long-term storage. To achieve this, you need to take these steps:

  1. Create a Backup Repository on a disk or use the Onboard Backup Repository created with the product installation.

    By default, the Onboard Backup Repository stores backups in incremental and full backup files (Store backups in separate files option is enabled). If you want to store only incremental backups, you should create a new backup repository and configure it as forever incremental. This can be done by deselecting the Store backups in separate files option on the Options page of the Create Backup Repository wizard.

  2. Create and run VM backup jobs to the Backup Repository.

  3. After all backup jobs are complete, do either of the following:

    • Manually detach the Backup Repository to ensure its data is consistent.

    • Enable scheduled repository detach/attach in repository settings.

  4. Copy the entire folder with the Backup Repository to a tape.

    To automate the folder copy process, you can use post-job scripts or 3rd-party utilities.