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Tape Jobs fail with I/O errors or (SCSI) Bus resets

Challenge

Failures occur during the File to tape or Backup to tape jobs. The jobname.log shows error messages similar to:

error: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error
error: Tape fatal error.\nThe I/O bus was reset

Cause

Depending on the type of connection, controller or library used, periodic status requests may be handled too slow and fill up the queue. As a result, Windows may try to recover by resetting the bus.

Solution

For all versions of Veeam B&R:

  1. Additionally you may need to increase StorPort timeouts by creating a "StorPort" key with entries for all tape devices. You can get DEVICEID & INSTANCE with the following PowerShell command:
    gwmi -class win32_tapedrive
     
    • Location: KLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Enum\SCSI\DEVICEID\INSTANCE\Device Parameters\StorPort\
    • Type: DWORD
    • Name: BusyRetryCount
    • Value: 1000 (DEC)
       
    • Location: KLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Enum\SCSI\DEVICEID\INSTANCE\Device Parameters\StorPort\
    • Type: DWORD
    • Name: BusyPauseTime
    • Value: 1000 (DEC)
       
    • Location: KLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Enum\SCSI\DEVICEID\INSTANCE\Device Parameters\StorPort\
    • Type: DWORD
    • Name: BusyTimeoutCount
    • Value: 1000 (DEC)
       
  2. Reboot the server, for settings to be applied

 

More information

The following is additional settings specific to Veeam B&R v7.x:

  1. Increase the time between status requests by adding following registry entry, and restart the Veeam services:
    • Location: HKLM\Software\Veeam\Veeam Backup and Replication
    • Type: DWORD
    • Name: TapeDeviceWatcherTimeoutSec
    • Value: 300
KB ID:
1887
Product:
Veeam Backup & Replication
Version:
All
Published:
2014-05-13
Last Modified:
2020-08-13
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