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Recipe: Adding a New WORM GFS Media Pool

Expected deliverables:

A new WORM ((Write Once Read Many)GFS Media Pool to store data to tape according to the GFS, or Grandfather-Father-Son rotation scheme.

Time to complete: 5 minutes


  • At least one Tape Server with a Library or drive added to Veeam Backup & Replication
  • WORM (Write Once Read Many) tapes for archiving backups to tape.

Before you start:

For using WORM tapes, you need to create separate media pools, please check the Adding a New WORM GFS Media Pool recipe.


It’s assumed that you already have a Veeam Backup Server fully working in your environment. If you need to install Veeam Backup Server, please refer to Installing Veeam Backup & Replication All-In-One Base system Recipe.


  1. Open the Tape Infrastructure view and click Add GFS Media Pool on the ribbon.
  2. Select WORM to create a media pool for WORM (Write Once Read Many) tapes.
  3. At the Name step of the wizard, enter a name and a description for the new media pool. Click Next.
  4. At the Tapes step of the wizard, select tape libraries and allocate tapes for the pool.
    • From the list in the Tape library field, select the tape device that you want to use in this media pool.
    • To allocate specific tapes from the library, click the Add in the Tapes field and select tapes that should be added to the media pool.
    • To make the media pool replenishable, select the “Add tapes from Free media pool automatically when more tapes are required” check box.
  5. At the GFS Media Set step of the wizard, you can set the data retention period for every backup cycle: daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly.
  6. At the Options step of the wizard:
    • Select the “Enable parallel processing for tape jobs using this media pool” check box if you want to process multiple tape jobs simultaneously.
    • If you want to encrypt the content of files or backups archived to tapes in the media pool, select the “Use encryption” check box. From the Password field, select a password you want to use to encrypt data written to tape.
  7. At the Summary step of the wizard, review the media pool settings and click Finish to complete the wizard.

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