Data Backup and Recovery

NDMP backup connectivity


Hi Experts,


Need to attach HP MSL 2024 tape library to A400 via FC switch (2 x LTO-7 drives) for NDMP backups via Netbackup. 


Since the HP MSL 2024 does not have any separate FC connection for robotic arm,  am I  supposed to create Switch zone with NetApp port, Tape Drive FC port and the Netbackup Media server HBA  port in the same zone?  please advise me on this connectivity/architecture.


In our existing environment, old HP 712E Tape library is having a separate FC connection for the robotics, that is zoned to Media server HBA port . Which I am missing in the new MSL 2024 Tape library.


Thanking you,







on HP MSL204, robotic controller usually can be assigned to a tape drive. It can be done through the library console. When you connect/zone to that drive, host will see both robotic and drive.


if direct connection to NetApp filer will be your choice, you have to zone all drives to any NetApp initiator, as best practice, distribute both drives to different NetApp nodes as redundancy. as zone, you can use one initiator (NetApp) and one target (tape drive) in one zone.


after compare with the direct connection and remote connection. we use tape library connect to Netbackup server, then remotely backing up the data from NetApp with NDMP. in this case, the tape library can be also shared with different backup jobs on NetBackup.

Hope i answered your questions.