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

Testing Your Setup by Using Bacula Enterprise

You can back up your data to virtual tapes, archive the tapes, and manage your virtual tape library (VTL) devices by using Bacula Enterprise version 10. In this topic, you can find basic documentation on how to configure the Bacula version 10 backup application for a tape gateway and perform backup and restore operations. For detailed information about how to use Bacula version 10, see Bacula Systems Manuals and Documentation or contact Bacula Systems.

Setting Up Bacula Enterprise

After you have connected your virtual tape library (VTL) devices to your Linux client, you configure the Bacula software to recognize your devices. For information about how to connect VTL devices to your client, see Connecting Your VTL Devices.

To set up Bacula

  1. Get a licensed copy of the Bacula Enterprise backup software from Bacula Systems.

  2. Install the Bacula Enterprise software on your on-premises or in-cloud computer.

    For information about how to get the installation software, see Enterprise Backup for Amazon S3 and AWS Storage Gateway. For additional installation guidance, see the Bacula whitepaper Using Cloud Services and Object Storage with Bacula Enterprise Edition.

Configuring Bacula to Work with VTL Devices

Next, configure Bacula to work with your VTL devices. Following, you can find basic configuration steps.

To configure Bacula

  1. Install the Bacula Director and the Bacula Storage daemon. For instructions, see chapter 7 of the Using Cloud Services and Object Storage with Bacula Enterprise Edition Bacula white paper.

  2. Connect to the system that is running Bacula Director and configure the iSCSI initiator. To do so, use the script provided in step 7.4 in the Using Cloud Services and Object Storage with Bacula Enterprise Edition Bacula whitepaper.

  3. Configure the storage devices. Use the script provided in the Bacula whitepaper discussed preceding.

  4. Configure the local Bacula Director, add storage targets, and define media pools for your tapes. Use the script provided in the Bacula whitepaper discussed preceding.

Backing Up Data to Tape

  1. Create tapes in the Storage Gateway console. For information on how to create tapes, see Creating Tapes.

  2. Transfer tapes from the I/E slot to the storage slot by using the following command.

    /opt/bacula/scripts/mtx-changer

    For example, the following command transfers tapes from I/E slot 1601 to storage slot 1.

    /opt/bacula/scripts/mtx-changer transfer 1601 1

  3. Launch the Bacula console by using the following command.

    /opt/bacula/bin/bconsole

    Note

    When you create and transfer a tape to Bacula, use the Bacula console (bconsole) command update slots storage=VTL so that Bacula knows about the new tapes that you created.

  4. Label the tape with the barcode as the volume name or label by using the following bconsole command.

    storage=VTL pool=pool.VTL barcodes === label the tapes with the barcode as the volume name / label

  5. Mount the tape by using the following command.

    mount storage=VTL slot=1 drive=0

  6. Create a backup job that uses the media pools you created, and then write data to the virtual tape by using the same procedures that you do with physical tapes.

  7. Unmount the tape from the Bacula console by using the following command.

    umount storage=VTL slot=1 drive=0

Archiving a Tape

When all backup jobs for a particular tape are done and you can archive the tape, use the mtx-changer script to move the tape from the storage slot to the I/E slot. This action is similar to the eject action in other backup applications.

To archive a tape

  1. Transfer the tape from the storage slot to the I/E slot by using the /opt/bacula/scripts/mtx-changer command.

    For example, the following command transfers a tape from the storage slot 1 to I/E slot 1601.

    /opt/bacula/scripts/mtx-changer transfer 1 1601

  2. Verify that the tape is archived into Glacier and that the tape has the status Archived.

Restoring Data from an Archived and Retrieved Tape

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. Restore your data by using the Bacula software:

    1. Import the tapes into the storage slot by using the /opt/bacula/scripts/mtx-changer command to transfer tapes from the I/E slot.

      For example, the following command transfers tapes from I/E slot 1601 to storage slot 1.

      /opt/bacula/scripts/mtx-changer transfer 1601 1

    2. Use the Bacula console to update the slots, and then mount the tape.

    3. Run the restore command to restore your data. For instructions, see the Bacula documentation.