Virtual Tape Library on Azure used with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2016

Published: March 2017

StarWind Virtual Tape Library is an appliance, which is also available in a software-only form, eliminating the need for physical tapes by emulating tape drive or autoloader and keeping all data on inexpensive, fast and high-capacity spinning disks. It is designed for companies looking to get rid of backup tapes completely, or are willing to accelerate the backup process and add an extra level of protection.

System Center Data Protection Manager 2016 is the latest release by Microsoft with new improvements and features. It allows backing up the most common workloads in a modern data center.

This guide provides a detailed instruction on how to create the Virtual Tape Library device that will run on top of the Windows Server 2016 and integrate with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2016.

The installation of such infrastructure requires Azure Subscription and connection to Azure. The first step is to deploy the VTL on Azure virtual machine. Here, using the Azure portal, StarWind Virtual Tape Library is created and all the necessary settings are specified. After this, StarWind VTL must be configured. This includes choosing the volume to store tapes, device type, model, as well as name and location for VTL loader. Further, after choosing tape type and size, the tape can be created.

Next, the VTL must be integrated with SCDPM. This includes the creation of an iSCSI connection to Azure VTL server and connection of iSCSI target. Further, a tape must be added to Data Protection Manager using SCDPM Console. After this, a protection group can be created. Here, servers or clients to be protected must be chosen as well as the name of the protection group, the tape for the short-term and long-term protection, and backup schedule. After this, a recovery point can be created. The guide further describes how to restore data from the VTL. Here, the server or client to restore must be chosen, as well as the VM and the recovery point. The recovery type together with the host and folder for restoration must be specified. Next, tape optimization for DPM must be configured. This allows co-locating selected protection groups on the same tape regardless of retention goals. Next step is configuring DPM for the short erase tape feature. Finally, DPM provides two different tape reports for better management: Tape Management and Tape Utilization.

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