Configuring a Tape Storage

Use the following procedure to configure a tape storage.

Before You Begin

You must attach a tape library to the MediaAgent that is used for configuring the tape storage.


  1. From the navigation pane, go to Storage >Tape.

    The Tape page appears.

  2. In the upper-right corner of the page, click Add to add a tape storage.

    The Add tape dialog box appears.

  3. From the MediaAgent list, select the MediaAgent to which the tape library is attached.

  4. Click Scan hardware.

    The tape library attached to the selected MediaAgent is detected and appears as Not configured.

  5. Click Select all or click the library that you wish to configure.

  6. Click Save.


After configuring a tape storage, the following storage pools will be created automatically:

  • A Direct Backup Storage Pool that can be selected for running backups.

  • A Secondary Copy Storage Pool that can be selected for running auxiliary copy jobs.


Even though the tape media use the same storage pool, the primary backups and the auxiliary copy jobs require a dedicated tape media.