Performing vRanger sweep-to-tape using Quest NetVault Backup
Sweeping vRanger backups to tape using NetVault Backup lets you combine the vRanger high-speed backup and recovery capabilities with the NetVault Backup inexpensive, long-term offsite-storage technology.
To configure the vRanger sweep-to-tape feature, both vRanger and NetVault Backup must point to a common vRanger repository folder located locally on the vRanger server.
The vRanger backup administrator creates an on-demand (not scheduled), incremental job with a specific name, appending -Tape as a case-sensitive suffix — for example, any-jobname-Tape. The -Tape suffix can be changed by editing the Windows PowerShell® script if you prefer something else. There should be a dedicated repository for each on-demand job.
The tape backup software administrator schedules a recurring incremental backup job whose PRE field calls a .cmd file containing the PowerShell script that searches for and then starts the vRanger on-demand jobs with the -Tape suffix.
The vRanger on-demand job performs the incremental backup, placing the savepoint files in the repository and updating the repository’s global manifest file.
After the vRanger job completes — for example, the job status equals either success or failure — the PowerShell script exits, thus completing the PRE command.
With the PRE command of the tape backup software completed, the tape backup software, which is also pointing to the vRanger repository folder, runs its scheduled incremental job, backing up the vRanger savepoints and global manifest file to tape.
To perform vRanger sweep-to-tape using NetVault Backup, complete the following tasks:
Ensuring that system requirements are met
For NetVault Backup:
Checking the list of prerequisites
This document assumes that both vRanger and NetVault Backup have been installed and configured, and does not cover the installation or the configuration of these applications. For guidance on proper installation and configuration of the items identified in the following list, see the applicable documentation for NetVault Backup and vRanger.
Most existing tape libraries and tape formats are supported by NetVault Backup, including stand-alone and library-based tape devices in SAN or shared-SCSI environments. In addition to the line of approved Quest PowerVault tape devices, visit our Supported Devices page for a complete list of supported devices.
Preparing the systems
The following changes need to be made to a default configuration to prepare for the vRanger sweep-to-tape process: