Data Management

Amanda Enterprise: vTape Planning Guide

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Executive Summary

This paper helps people install and set-up backup to disk utilizing vTapes in Amanda Enterprise. It outlines considerations that need addressing and provides a methodology for determining optimal vTape values. It also addresses some of the questions that arise when deploying vTape backups. When backing-up to disk, Amanda uses a built-in virtual Tape (vTape) functionality to store the backup data. When using vTapes, often it is not clear how to estimate the size of the vTape slots, or how many vTape slots to allocate. This paper provides a methodology for determining vTape values.

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