luizhbedin
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Backup to Fiber Tape device directly from VM - ASAP!

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Hi all,

I'm trying to install a StorageTek 9940b Tape library on my ESX host. I want to my VMs see the tape library.

I read the this is possible after Rescan the storage and after add a SCSI device to my VM to see it. But I even can't see it on my ESX after scanning.

Does anyone know how can I acomplish this?

Please, this is very Urgent!

Thanks !

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kix1979
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It's still a no go in 3.X. Support is coming for this, but not until the end of the year I think.

Thomas H. Bryant III

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Dave_Mishchenko
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Have you configured your zoning so that the ESX host will be able to see the tape library?

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Rumple
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fiber attached Tape library's are not supported under ESX 2.5 and I have not seen anything different for 3.x.

you will need a physical fiber attached host to control the library.

You can attach a locally attached SCSI device to a vm, but not Fiber.

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kix1979
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It's still a no go in 3.X. Support is coming for this, but not until the end of the year I think.

Thomas H. Bryant III

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luizhbedin
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No.. didn''t configured any zone, it is plugged on the same adapter as my SAN.

Is it supported or not?

I saw many posts that people did that before..

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If you use a physical host you can use VCB to mount the vmfs and back it up. You cannot add an HBA to a VM and so it cannot talk to the Tape library over the fabric.

I am pretty positive it is not possible at this time and especially since kix also agree's and he works for PHD who's whole product is around backup and restore of VM's.

luizhbedin
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Ok. cool guys.. thank you very much for your help.

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