We’ve already announced four great new features coming in Veeam Backup & Replication v7. And, we’re not done yet! We’re proud to announce the fifth new feature in the Countdown to v7 — Native Tape Support!

If you’ve been using Veeam for a while, you know our focus has been on helping customers realize the full potential that virtualization provides for a modern IT infrastructure. Thus far, we’ve not supported writing backup files to tape natively. However, we heard you in the Veeam Forums, on Twitter and at events, and Veeam Backup & Replication v7 delivers Native Tape Support, giving you options for archiving your backups—disk, cloud and tape.

The new tape support is a great way to make Veeam backups portable and take them offsite. Much like Veeam Backup & Replication Cloud Edition, which allows easy offsite backups to more than 15 different public storage providers, tape support answers the question “How do I get my backups offsite in a cost-effective manner?”

Tape is dead?

If you believe the media, it is. But, based on customer feedback, we know this isn’t true for everyone. Whether dealing with compliance rules, internal policies or if you simply need to archive backups using tape infrastructure you’ve already invested in, these challenges can be solved with our Native Tape Support.

Native Tape Support in Veeam Backup & Replication v7 supports virtual tape libraries (VTLs), tape libraries and standalone drives.

Working with VTLs, tape libraries and standalone drives is easy with v7. As long as the tape device can be seen in Windows Device Manager, it is automatically picked up by our software.

Figure 1: Tape seen in the Backup Infrastructure node (UI subject to change)

Figure 1: Tape seen in the Backup Infrastructure node (UI subject to change)


The new tape support brings two types of jobs: Backups to tape and Files to tape. The figure below shows an internal preview of this wizard-driven part of the Veeam Backup & Replication v7 interface.

Figure 2: VM backup to tape wizard (UI subject to change)

Figure 2: Backup to tape wizard (UI subject to change)

Backups to tape gives you the ability to archive Veeam backups produced by specific jobs to tape, or you can choose to archive entire backup repositories to tape. This means you can have multiple backup jobs in your infrastructure and take those, in a single archive, to tape.

Veeam also brings you a convenient scheduling option for backup to tape jobs. This option kicks off the job every time there is a change in the backup files on VM backup jobs. No more scheduling your tape backups—every time you run a VM backup job, the produced backup files are automatically sent to tape. How cool is that!

Files to tape gives you an easy-to-use wizard that allows you to add specific files from Windows or Linux servers (virtual or physical) to tape. As long as the server(s) are registered in Backup Infrastructure, you can place any type of file onto tape. We even leverage Microsoft VSS to place files that are locked by running applications to tape in a consistent state.

We heard many IT administrators grieving about the loss of NTBackup. Because its replacement, Windows Server Backup (WSB) doesn’t include tape support, many of you are missing needed functionality for your organization. Worry not, because Veeam is bringing this functionality back to you with Veeam Backup Free Edition with tape support for file operations at no cost! Free Edition even supports restores from tapes created by NTBackup!


Restoring backups from tape gives you the same possibilities as when you recover from disk backups. The backups are recovered to one of your repositories, automatically imported, and from there you can use all our great features such as Instant VM Recovery, Veeam Explorer for Microsoft Exchange and other wizards to perform an entire VM restore and more!

It is important to note that restores are fully integrated to maintain the VM and recovery point perspective. We are not just tracking backup files on tape—we are tracking VMs and restore points to ensure a seamless restore experience. Just pick the VM and restore point, and our solution will do the rest—figure out what tapes are required, let you to load them if they are not already in the library, and then do the restore. Easy! Instead of thinking about backup file recoveries, you can focus on VMs and recovery points exactly as you do today from disk.

The figure below shows an internal preview of the restore wizard.

Figure 3: Tape Restore to Repository Wizard (UI subject to change)

Figure 3: Tape restore wizard (UI subject to change)

But what if you are scripting guy who hates UI? As always, this feature is PowerShell aware!

Restoring files from tape comes with the same ease-of-use you expect from Veeam. Recover data to its original location or to another server. You can also choose to restore file and folder security, and whether you want to overwrite existing files.

Find out more

Below is a short video with a sneak peek of the new Native Tape Support feature.

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  • holy cow! this is freakin awesome! can’t wait to see and use that!

  • mlevkina


  • nice work!

  • RJI

    One thing I didn’t see was support for hardware based encryption. Can you comment on the possibility of that for v7.

  • dkvello

    LTFS ? or proprietary storage format?

    • The feature we are introducing today is for standard tapes. However, you can create a backup repository pointing to LTFS Tape today (through a Linux server and NFS mount) and write the backups there.

  • This is awesome! While true that it has never been a problem to make some 3rd party app do the file copying for Veeam, now there is no need for anything else except Veeam B&R.

  • Mhaynes

    One question about the File-to-tape method. You state ” As long as the server(s) are registered in Backup Infrastructure, you can place any type of file onto tape.”

    Does this extend to volumes mounted as iSCSI targets within the VM’s OS?

  • Steve

    Will there be options to set retention periods for both full and incremental backups? Also, will there be an option to setup multiple schedules for a single backup job? For instance we need weekly full tape backups to be retained for 28 days, monthly for 3 years and yearly for 10 years. Thanks!

  • Travis

    Hooray, Nice work. Can’t wait to play with this awesome feature as it could mean I can finally put that bullet into Backup Exec

  • Brad

    The news of added tape backup made me so happy, I almost shed tears. I like a company that delivers on what it says it will do, even though it has been requested generations ago, you didn’t forget! Nice work

  • So what’s going to be the catch with backing up files from physical servers with the free edition? No scheduling?

  • A lot of questions here everyone on the features, understandably so. There will be a beta soon, that will be the best way to get these answers. Stay tuned!

    • Corey

      Public or private beta? Will this feature work with reverse incremental jobs?

      • Hans De Leenheer

        There has already been a “technology preview 1” for tape specific and a “technology preview 2” is right around the corner. Make sure you are in touch with a local SE (System Engineer) if you want to be part of our testers. A public beta of v7 should be available in June.

  • edulike

    Am I entitled to 7 if I have 6.5?

    • If you have an active maintenance contract then you will be able to upgrade

  • Josh Rabinowitz

    Will this support ext3/4 LVM filesystems?

  • edulike

    When can we get it?

    • mlevkina

      edulike, Veeam Backup & Replication v7 will be generally available in Q3 of 2013.

  • Volkan

    Is there a way to backup Windows/Linux files first to disk (daily) and after that (once a week) to tape with the latest Version from disk ?

    • Hi Volkan,
      No, we won’t be able to do that but there are many workarounds (like windows backup for example) to achieve this.

  • danny

    There I was, awkwardly using Backup Exec to copy all our Veeam repositories to tape each night after all the Veeam jobs have run, if I can now scrap that I will be very happy indeed. Now to find out how much it will cost to go from 6.x Enterprise to 7.x!!

    BTW, Veeam, just regarding your opening comments, it’s not just some of your customers using legacy equipment, and I’m sure you know this else you wouldn’t have invested in the extra functionality, but a huge amount of the small to mediums out there still use tapes. A fact I think best evidenced by the manufacturers continuing to update the standards – LTO 7 soon out with 6.4TB in a tiny little tape that costs £25 – for the price and offsite ease they fit a niche which still, all things considered, is often still the best choice. It’s no longer a simple choice, but tapes do often come out ahead of online stuff!

    Anyway, it looks like the functionality covers all the basics so we should be able to scrap that Backup Exec license!

    Just one thing, I didn’t see anything above about encryption – tapes are beloved for their portability and its often the case that staff regularly take them offsite to cover fire & theft DR scenarios – so encryption would be great if possible in case they go walkies when off-site.

    • Hey Danny,
      We won’t have encryption ourselves. But if your tape device supports it on the hardware level, then you can use that without any issues

  • Hi Fabio,
    The device has to be seen in device manager and requires a windows driver. That is our requirement. So yes, in many cases the Veeam server will need to be physical. But there are cases and technology that you can make it virtual also and still have the tape device / library seen directly in the VM

  • Hi,
    We are indeed introducing b2t for files, but are main case is still backing up VM’s and that will be b2d and then to tape

  • Jörg Truttenbach

    We use 2.5″ USB-Disks instead of Tapes to make our backups (in most cases with Windows Server Backup). Will it be possible to use this new feature to take USB-Disks as target and change them daily? We tried this in 6.5 but had no luck.

    • Hi Jorg,
      If those disks are emulated as tapes (with a VTL of some sort) then yes… But otherwise it won’t. You need to have a tape device (library, vtl or stand-alone) that needs to be recognized in the device manager of windows
      Hope it helps

  • Erik Kisner

    I see you leverage “Microsoft VSS”, however will you be able to leverage any VSS provider, or just the basics included with Windows? Will there be support for application-level backups of physical servers for items such as SQL databases, Exchange Mailboxes, AD, etc?

    • Hi Erik,
      We have no support for physical servers besides the file-based backup to tape where you have that possibility. Yes you can leverage VSS like SQL, Exchange and so but it is certainly not the best way to backup SQL, Exchange on a physical box. If it would be virtual, then you can leverage it out of the box without any issues

  • Chad

    Is Veeam-supported encryption coming? It would REALLY help us out so we don’t have to build and maintain scripts to encrypt the .vbk,.vbr, etc. files ourselves.

    • Hi Chad,
      As far as I know this is not on the roadmap. If you have hardware encryption on your tape devices it should work. Feel free to post this on the forums (forums.veeam.com). The developpers are reading them and the more requests for a feature, the more likely it will be integrated.

  • sean

    It doesn’t work at the file level – on a 10Gbe backbone I’m getting a mere few kbps. Apparently a known issue. Also if you want to back up more the 10000 files it can’t do that either. If you want to back up at a granular level don’t bother with this product.
    If you want to just backup your vms to tape it might work ; again reported as being very slow. Veeams excuse is that this is V1 of the product and that they will look to ‘optimise’ tape back up functionality in a future release – no dates provided or even a release number……….
    Anyone know of a good backup solution that can backup at a granualr level to tape?