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Linux Virtual Tape Library

Filed under: Linux — datatombraider @ 20:47

if you want to play with tape storage systems or you need a tape library to test your backup software, LINUXVTL could be something for you.

LINUXVTL consists of a kernel module simulating the SCSI devices (complete tape libraries with drives, picker and export/import trays) and some user space daemons responsible for writing the data into files. because it simulates the SCSI devices, you can use all the tools like mtx, mt or your favourite backup software like TSM, NetBackup, BackupExec or Bacula for accessing the library and writing data, there is no difference to real hardware except the price of course. so, you wanna play with 2 tape libraries, each with 4 drives and 40 slots? no problem, just download LINUXVTL from and start playing. in case you have problems, there’s a forum (link is on the project’s homepage) where the developer Mark Harvey himself answers questions.


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