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

Testing Your Setup by Using Dell NetVault Backup

You can back up your data to virtual tapes, archive the tapes and manage your virtual tape library (VTL) devices by using Dell NetVault Backup version 10.0. In this topic, you can find basic documentation on how to configure the NetVault Backup application for a tape gateway and perform a backup. For detailed information about how to use the NetVault Backup application, see the NetVault Backup 10.0.1 – Administration Guide. In this topic, you can find out how to configure storage devices, write data to a tape, archive a tape and restore the data. For additional setup information, see Backing up to Amazon AWS with Dell NetVault Backup on the Dell website.

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

Configuring NetVault Backup to Work with VTL Devices

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

By default, the NetVault Backup application does not automatically recognize tape gateway devices. You must manually add the devices to expose them to the NetVault Backup application and then discover the VTL devices.

Adding VTL Devices

To add the VTL devices

  1. In NetVault Backup, choose Manage Devices in the Configuration tab. .

  2. On the Manage Devices page, choose Add Devices.

  3. In the Add Storage Wizard, select Tape library / media changer, and then choose Next.

  4. On the next page, choose the client machine that is physically attached to the library and choose Next to scan for devices.

  5. If devices are found, they will be displayed. In this case, your medium changer is displayed in the device box.

  6. Select your medium changer and choose Next. Detailed information about the device is displayed in the wizard.

  7. On the Add Tapes to Bays page, select Scan For Devices, choose your client machine, and then choose Next.

    All your drives are displayed on the page. NetVault Backup displays the 10 bays to which you can add your drives. The bays are displayed one at a time.

  8. Choose the drive you want to add to the bay that is displayed, and then choose Next.


    When you add a drive to a bay, the drive and bay numbers must match. For example, if bay 1 is displayed, you must add drive 1. If a drive is not connected, leave its matching bay empty.

  9. When your client machine appears, choose it, and then choose Next. The client machine can appear multiple times.

  10. When the drives are displayed, repeat steps 7 through 9 to add all the drives to the bays.

  11. In the Configuration tab, choose Manage devices and on the Manage Devices page, expand your medium changer to see the devices you added.

Backing Up Data to a Tape in the NetVault Backup

You create a backup job and write data to a virtual tape by using the same procedures you do with physical tapes. For detailed information about how to back up data, see the Dell NetVault Backup documentation.

Archiving a Tape by Using the NetVault Backup

When you archive a tape, tape gatewaytape archival by ejecting from the tape drive to the storage slot and then exporting the tape from the slot to the archive by using your backup application—that is, the NetVault Backup.

To archive a tape in NetVault Backup

  1. In the NetVault Backup Configuration tab, choose and expand your medium changer to see your tapes.

  2. On the Slots row, choose the settings icon to open the Slots Browser for the medium changer.

  3. In the slots, locate the tape you want to archive, choose it, and then choose Export.

Restoring Data from a Tape Archived in NetVault Backup

Restoring your archived data is a two-step process.

To restore data from an archived tape

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

  2. Use the NetVault Backup application 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 NetVault Backup 10.0.1 – Administration Guide (Creating a restore job) in the NetVault Backup documentation.

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