StarWind Virtual SAN Virtual Tape Library used with Veeam Backup & Replication

Published: June 2017

StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL) is a feature of StarWind Virtual SAN that eliminates the need for the physical tape by emulating industry-standard tape hardware and keeping all data on inexpensive, fast, and high-capacity spinning disks. StarWind VTL seamlessly integrates into the existing infrastructure and allows the backup process to fit into the backup window.

The guide describes how to deploy StarWind VTL and add it to the Veeam Backup & Replication infrastructure.

In this guide, StarWind Virtual Tape Library and Veeam Backup & Replication are installed on the same server but can also be installed on different servers connected directly or wired through switches.

The first step is to create the Virtual Tape Library in the StarWind Management Console and specify the storage pool for StarWind virtual disks. Next, the device type should be selected and a target created.

Once this is done, the tapes must be created and their number, type, and other parameters specified.

Afterwards, the VTL should be mounted on the backup server. To do this, the corresponding VTL iSCSI target must be mounted and connected.

Next, the latest update driver from HP must be installed on the host where StarWind VTL device is mounted via iSCSI.

Finally, the StarWind VTL device can be added to the Veeam Backup & Replication server. The guide further describes how to back up and restore data with Veeam Backup & Replication.

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