The GNU Tar Autoloader Patch allows you to automate tape loading (during writing) on any autoloader that supports changing to the next tape with the "mt offline" command. This only has an effect during backup. During restore, you will still have to manually change the tape because tar hops back and forth various times. It behaves exactly as upstream except during a write operation (using the "c" flag) with multiple tapes (using the "M" flag).
Partimage Is Not Ghost (PING) is a live Linux ISO based on LFS (Linux From Scratch). It can be burnt on a CD and booted, or integrated in a PXE/RIS environment. Several tools that make it the perfect choice for easily backing up and restoring whole partitions are included. It supports backups to and from SMB shares, backup of BIOS data, the ability to blank the local admin's password, creation of bootable restoration DVDs, the ability to partition and format a disk before installing Windows, and more.
Noexcuses is a disaster recovery utility. It makes cron jobs persist when faced with transient remote errors. It makes cron jobs persist across reboots of the local cron host. It identifies and runs cron jobs scheduled while the cron host was down. It can mirror its state to protect the above from disk failure. It supports relocation of cron jobs to another cron host. It lets you report, examine, cancel, and run outstanding cron jobs. In short, it eliminates much tedious disaster recovery work.