NBU Server = 7
OS = win2008
I am using NBU Server successfully. I have a Tape Drive of HP with 4mm speed. My Tape Cartrige is 4mm with a capicity of 36GB and with compression its 72GB.
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You should only ever use compression at one level i.e. hardware of software layer.
Tape compression should be configured by default on the tape drive. You can verify this on the drive, there might be jumper settings or switch or something. For newer drives like LTO, its on automatically.
I would not recommend software (netbackup) compression as it will slow down your backups tremendously.
Thanks all for their kind replies
Yosuhisa: As you said
""""Check the properties of your drive's driver on Windows Device Manager whether you can set compression on or off.""""
its by default ON i saw the compression as per your suggestion
But one problem here. I did not know that the Tape compression is by default ON and i also enabled the NBU compression from the NBU Server and i have been taking the backup :(....
So for the safety point view i should disable the compression from NBU Server OR should disable the compression from the Tape Drive ??
Software compression, means that the client machines will spend extra CPU cycles to compress the data before backing it up and sending it over the LAN.
Hardware compression, what is built into a tape drive, is done on the fly, with no impact to CPU performance. It's near wire-speed so to speak.
You should only pick one, with hardware compression being the preferred. However, there are rare cases, where you do it on the client side. If both were left on, the tape compression would be redundant, and would not be able to compress much more of anything, as it was already done on the client first.
Thanks Teiva but please clear some points
Would be Redundant means unused / in de-activated mode ?
You mean there is no harm if both left ON thn the TAPE drive will not apply its compression because the backup already compressed by NBU Server ?