AWS Storage Gateway
User Guide (API Version 2013-06-30)

Testing Your Setup by Using EMC NetWorker

You can back up your data to virtual tapes, archive the tapes and manage your virtual tape library (VTL) devices by using EMC NetWorker version 8.1 or 8.2. In this topic, you can find basic documentation on how to configure the EMC NetWorker software to work with a tape gateway and perform a backup, including how to configure storage devices, write data to a tape, archive a tape and restore data from a tape.

For detailed information about how to install and use the EMC NetWorker software, see the EMC NetWorker Administration Guide.

For more information about compatible backup applications, see Supported Third-Party Backup Applications for Tape Gateway.

Configuring EMC NetWorker to Work with VTL Devices

After you have connected your virtual tape library (VTL) devices to your Microsoft Windows client, you configure EMC NetWorker to recognize your devices. For information about how to connect VTL devices to the Windows client, see Connect Your VTL Devices.

EMC NetWorker doesn't automatically recognize tape gateway devices. To expose your VTL devices to the NetWorker software and get the software to discover them, you manually configure the software. Following, we assume that you have correctly installed the EMC NetWorker software and that you are familiar with the EMC NetWorker Management Console. For more information about the EMC NetWorker Management Console, see the NetWorker Management Console interface section of the EMC NetWorker Administration Guide.

The following screenshot shows the EMC NetWorker Management Console.

To configure the EMC NetWorker software for VTL devices

  1. Start the EMC NetWorker Management Console application, choose Enterprise from the menu, and then choose localhost from the left pane.

  2. Open the context (right-click) menu for localhost, and then choose Launch Application.

  3. Choose the Devices tab, open the context (right-click) menu for Libraries, and then choose Scan for Devices.

  4. In the Scan for Devices wizard, choose Start Scan, and then choose OK from the dialog box that appears.

  5. Expand the Libraries folder tree to see all your libraries. This process might take a few seconds to load the devices into the library. In the example shown preceding, we have one library (AWS@.3.0.0).

  6. Open the context (right-click) menu for your library, and then choose Configure All Libraries.

  7. In the Provide General Configuration Information box, choose the configuration settings you want, and then choose Next.

  8. In the Select Target Storage Nodes box, verify that a storage node is selected, and then choose Start Configuration.

  9. In the Start Configuration wizard, choose Finish.

  10. Choose your library to see your tapes in the left pane and the corresponding empty volume slots list in the right pane.

  11. In the volume list, select the volumes you want to enable (selected volumes are highlighted), open the context (right-click) menu for the selected volumes, and then choose Deposit. This action moves the tape from the I/E slot into the volume slot.

  12. In the dialog box that appears, choose Yes, and then in the Load the Cartridges into dialog box, choose Yes.

  13. If you don't have any more tapes to deposit, choose No or Ignore. Otherwise, choose Yes to deposit additional tapes.

Enabling Import of WORM Tapes into EMC NetWorker

You are now ready to import tapes from your tape gateway into the EMC NetWorker library.

The virtual tapes are write once read many (WORM) tapes, but EMC NetWorker expects non-WORM tapes. For EMC NetWorker to work with your virtual tapes, you must enable import of tapes into non-WORM media pools in NetWorker.

To enable import of WORM tapes into non-WORM media pools

  1. On NetWorker Console, choose Media, open the context (right-click) menu for localhost, and then choose Properties.

  2. In the NetWorker Sever Properties window, choose the Configuration tab.

  3. In the Worm tape handling section, clear the WORM tapes only in WORM pools box, and then choose OK.

Backing Up Data to a Tape in EMC NetWorker

Backing up data to a tape is a two-step process.

  1. Label the tapes you want to back up your data to, create the target media pool, and add the tapes to the pool.

    You create a media pool and write data to a virtual tape by using the same procedures you do with physical tapes. For detailed information, see the Backing Up Data section of the EMC NetWorker Administration Guide.

  2. Write data to the tape. You back up data by using the EMC NetWorker User application instead of the EMC NetWorker Management Console. The EMC NetWorker User application installs as part of the NetWorker installation.


You use the EMC NetWorker User application to perform backups, but you view the status of your backup and restore jobs in the EMC Management Console. To view status, choose the Devices menu and view the status in the Log window.

Archiving a Tape in EMC NetWorker

When you archive a tape, tape gateway moves the tape from the EMC NetWorker tape library to the offline storage. You begin tape archival by ejecting from the tape drive to the storage slot and then withdrawing the tape from the slot to the archive by using your backup application—that is, the EMC NetWorker software.

To archive a tape by using EMC NetWorker

  1. On the Devices tab in the NetWorker Administration window, choose localhost or your EMC server, and then choose Libraries.

  2. Choose the library you imported from your virtual tape library.

  3. From the list of tapes that you have written data to, open the context (right-click) menu for the tape you want to archive, and then choose Eject/Withdraw.

  4. In the confirmation box that appears, choose OK.

The archiving process can take some time to complete. The initial status of the tape is shown as IN TRANSIT TO VTS. When archiving starts, the status changes to ARCHIVING. When archiving is completed, the tape is no longer listed in the VTL.

Restoring Data from an Archived Tape in EMC NetWorker

Restoring your archived data is a two-step process:

  1. Retrieve the archived tape a tape gateway. For instructions, see Retrieving Archived Tapes .

  2. Use the EMC NetWorker software to restore the data. You do this by creating a restoring a folder file, as you do when restoring data from physical tapes. For instructions, see the Using the NetWorker User program section of the EMC NetWorker Administration Guide.

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