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How to restore from tapes with “Invalid block size”

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How to restore from tapes with “Invalid block size”
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Greetings from Veeam Support and welcome to the next episode of our troubleshooting series!

In this article, we will review how to resolve an issue that might be caused by a mismatch between the block size set in your Veeam tape drive properties and the one actually supported by the tape device itself. You will learn why block size can be different and how to fix it.

And even if you’ve never come across such a problem, you may also find this post useful, as under certain circumstances changing the block size can help you increase the processing rate. This is because when you have a higher block size, the drive is supposed to write data more quickly.

Invalid block size backstory

Something bad happened with your HBA controller and you had to replace it. Meanwhile, your Veeam Server stays the same (i.e. the OS and the application were not re-installed), and the tape library and the drive were not changed as well.

You set up everything and your boss asked you to restore a VM from some old tapes written a day before the HBA controller replacement. You see an “Error: Invalid block size” alert.

Read the entire article here, How to restore from tapes with “Invalid block size”

Via the fine folks at Veeam.

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Veeam Veeam Software, a VMware Technology Alliance Premier partner, helps organizations safeguard their investment in virtual infrastructure by providing innovative systems management software designed to reduce costs, increase productivity and mitigate risk. Veeam is an international company with U.S. headquarters in Columbus, Ohio and European headquarters in London, UK. The company was founded in 2006 by the team previously behind Aelita Software, well known for its award-winning Windows Server management solutions. In 2008, Veeam acquired nworks, adding enterprise management connectors that bridge the gap between VMware virtual infrastructure and enterprise systems management tools from Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. Veeam is rapidly expanding its presence and its partner network around the world, and will continue to offer innovative and practical solutions to help IT professionals better manage their virtual infrastructure. Today the company focuses on managing VMware servers, but as customer requirements grow, Veeam will support other virtual environments. With its drive for innovation, strong investment in R&D, and extensive product line, Veeam is well positioned for continued success.

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