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      • 15. Re: No tape drive inside VM with ESXi 4.1?
        Primetime_de Enthusiast

         

        I just mean with the "old way" to add a SCSI device and not use the "pass-through" feature.

         

         

         

         

         

        Christian

         

         

        • 16. Re: No tape drive inside VM with ESXi 4.1?
          norm.tallant Novice

           

          Ah, yep... ok then!

           

           

           

           

           

          I can also confirm that wiping and going back to 4.0 U2 solved my issue.

           

           

          • 17. Re: No tape drive inside VM with ESXi 4.1?
            horsti4ever Lurker

             

            The solution, but I don't know why

             

             

            http://communities.vmware.com/message/1269881

             

             

            http://communities.vmware.com/message/1269881|Code:|

            esxcli nmp satp deleterule --satp VMW_SATP_ALUA --claim-option tpgs_on

             

                           For listing the rules associates with "VMW_SATP_ALUA" try this command ...

                           esxcli nmp satp listrules -s VMW_SATP_ALUA

             

            rescan the  SCSI Controler eh voilá the drive is seen

             

            • 18. Re: No tape drive inside VM with ESXi 4.1?
              Primetime_de Enthusiast

               

              Thanks, I'll try it ASAP.

               

               

              Any new official statements from VMware?

              Lothar, any news regarding your case?

               

               

               

               

              Best regards

               

              Christian

               

               

              • 19. Re: No tape drive inside VM with ESXi 4.1?
                derbaron Lurker

                ++

                 

                this fixed it for me also

                • 20. Re: No tape drive inside VM with ESXi 4.1?
                  torbenxpc Lurker

                  We had this problem too.

                  After upgrading or new installs we were having problem getting backup software to operate with the tape drive.

                  Even so, the tape drive appears correctly in device manager in windows, but if you take a look at the eventvwr after running some commands from the backup software, you will se some warning regarding the scsi raid port, or LSI .

                  Vmware does not support the use of SAS since version 4 for tape drives, how ever this has been working flawless until 4.1.

                  Seems that there is a newer driver for a lot of hardware and there might be a bug in one of them, but since there is no support for SAS tape drives, i would suggest either to downgrade to 4U2 or use hardware passthrough in 4.1.

                   

                  But you need to know the limitations of both scenarios before you choose either of them.

                  For single host without need for vMotion etc. i would go with hardware passthrough in 4.1, since 4.1 has more improvements over 4U2.

                  If you have multiple hosts in a HA or vmotion system, you might wanna find a better solution than to lock a VM to a single host, at least its not recommended by vmware and far from best practise.

                   

                  One last thing, make sure you server hardware is supported by vmware for passthrough !!!

                  • 21. Re: No tape drive inside VM with ESXi 4.1?
                    Coinspinnr Novice

                    This is the way that we finally fixed it

                    Tape Drive support in ESXi 4.1 using adaptec 29320LPE Controller

                    In VCenter or VSphere client verify that the tape drive path under storage adapters shows a dead path to the tape drive and or changer

                     

                    To fix the dead path issue

                    Enable local and remote support via the ESXi 4.1 console

                    Alt F1

                    Login as root

                    Run the following command

                    esxcli nmp satp addrule --satp VMW_SATP_LOCAL --driver="aic79xx" --description="Specific rule for Adaptec Card"

                    Reboot the ESX server

                    login to vcenter or vsphere client and you should now see your SCSI tape drives

                     

                    IMPORTANT NOTE:

                    If you are using a tape changer

                    In the Adaptec BIOS, you need to change the option to enable multiple LUN support for the SCSI ID of the changer in order for windows to recognize the tape drive and changer properly.  When you reboot and the adapter controller initializes instead of seeing 1 device, it should show 2 the tape drive and the changer.

                     

                    http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_26389860.html

                    • 22. Re: No tape drive inside VM with ESXi 4.1?
                      LiLo16 Novice

                      Hi,

                       

                      official solution from VMware support is exactly as mentioned here:

                       

                      esxcli nmp satp deleterule --satp VMW_SATP_ALUA --claim-option tpgs_on

                       

                      Unfortunately no info if this will be set default in an upcoming patch release for 4.1.

                       

                      I tested this myself with a LSI SCSI Controller built into an HP ML350 G5 - this solution works fine!

                       

                      Kind regards,

                       

                      Lothar

                      • 23. Re: No tape drive inside VM with ESXi 4.1?
                        mis.admin Lurker

                        Hi LiLo16

                         

                        Thanks for that, worked great after upgrading a couple of HP DL385 G6's with an Adaptec AHA-29320ALP SCSI card (which got changed to ASC-29320LPE), HP 1x8 G2 autoloader and LTO4 drive.

                         

                        cheers

                         

                        Zander

                        • 24. Re: No tape drive inside VM with ESXi 4.1?
                          gusstella Novice

                          I installed 4.1 on a HP DL585 G2 with a Ultrium 960 and had the problem.   Installed vSphere CLI on my PC, ran the command, reboot, and fixed!

                          • 25. Re: No tape drive inside VM with ESXi 4.1?
                            LiLo16 Novice

                            Hi all,

                             

                            however, HP SAS drives are not working properly on LSI SAS1064 based controller. As soon as the tape is ejected there are two SCSI erros in the eventlog and ARCserve takes the drive offline. I could not find a solution so far...could you?

                             

                            Regards,

                            Lothar

                            • 26. Re: No tape drive inside VM with ESXi 4.1?
                              pwolf Enthusiast

                               

                              How did you get your HP 920 SAS on HP SC44ge to work on ESXi 4.1?

                               

                              I tried the same combination and it does work on ESXi 4.0 and fails on ESXi 4.1. In my understanding the SC44ge is a LSI 1068E and also shown as such under ESXi 4 and during POST., whereas under ESXi 4.1 this changes to SE44Ge and the path to the tape is shown as failed.

                               

                               

                               

                               

                               

                               

                               

                               

                               

                              My server is HP ML350 G5 and has nothing special added except of Intel quad port GB ethernet adapters.I upgraded the host from 4.0u1 to 4.1 and did not try a fresh install.

                               

                               

                              Kind regards

                               

                               

                              Wolfgang

                               

                               

                              • 27. Re: No tape drive inside VM with ESXi 4.1?
                                nechai Lurker

                                We have two tapes connect to two different Servers. Both tapes disappeared after upgrade ESX 4.0 to 4.1.

                                 

                                HP StorageWorks Ultrium 960 external (LTO3) connected to

                                SCSI-card HP 64-Bit/133MHz PCI-X 2CH Ultra320 HBA ( 268351-B21 ) shown as

                                LSI Logic / Symbios Logic ProLiant ML 350 in ESX console

                                 

                                HP StorageWorks Ultrium 1760 external (LTO4) connected to

                                SCSI-card HP SC11Xe Host Bus Adapter shown as

                                LSI Logic / Symbios Logic 53c1030 PCI-X Fusion-MPT Dual Ultra320 SCSI in ESX console

                                 

                                Source:

                                http://vmware-forum.de/viewtopic.php?p=103961

                                http://communities.vmware.com/message/1580855

                                http://communities.vmware.com/message/1269881#1269881

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                1. Enter "esxcfg-scsidevs -a" in ESX1 console

                                 

                                ESX1# esxcfg-scsidevs -a

                                vmhba0  cciss             link-n/a  block.cciss/c0d0:0                      (0:2:1.0) Compaq Computer Corporation Smart Array 6i

                                vmhba1  mptspi            link-n/a  pscsi.vmhba1                            (0:7:1.0) LSI Logic / Symbios Logic ProLiant ML 350

                                vmhba2  mptspi            link-n/a  pscsi.vmhba2                            (0:7:1.1) LSI Logic / Symbios Logic ProLiant ML 350

                                vmhba3  qla2xxx           link-up   fc.200000e08b849c08:210000e08b849c08    (0:10:1.0) QLogic Corp. ISP2312-based 2Gb Fibre Channel to PCI-X HBA

                                vmhba4  ata_piix          link-n/a  ide.vmhba4                              (0:0:31.1) Intel Corporation ESB (855GME/875P + 6300ESB) IDE Controller

                                vmhba32 ata_piix          link-n/a  ide.vmhba32                             (0:0:31.1) Intel Corporation ESB (855GME/875P + 6300ESB) IDE Controller

                                 

                                2. esxcli nmp satp addrule --satp VMW_SATP_LOCAL --driver="mptspi" --description="Specific rule for LSI Logic Card 268351-B21"

                                3. Restart host

                                4. Tape ready to use

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                1. Enter "esxcfg-scsidevs -a" in ESX4 console

                                 

                                ESX4# esxcfg-scsidevs -a

                                vmhba0  hpsa              link-n/a  sas.50014380058fd0e0                    (0:3:0.0) ...

                                vmhba1  qla2xxx           link-up   fc.5001438004c439e1:5001438004c439e0    (0:4:0.0) ...

                                vmhba2  qla2xxx           link-n/a  fc.5001438004c439e3:5001438004c439e2    (0:4:0.1) ...

                                vmhba3  mptspi            link-n/a  pscsi.vmhba3                            (0:8:8.0) ...

                                vmhba32 bnx2i             unbound   iscsi.vmhba32                           ...

                                vmhba33 bnx2i             unbound   iscsi.vmhba33                           ...

                                 

                                2. esxcli nmp satp addrule --satp VMW_SATP_LOCAL --driver="mptspi" --description="Specific rule for LSI Logic Card HP SC11Xe"

                                3. Restart host

                                4. Tape ready to use

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                Tape on ESX1 is back in service, ESX4 is pending on reboot this weekend, so I don't know yet, if it really works.

                                • 28. Re: No tape drive inside VM with ESXi 4.1?
                                  info7511 Lurker

                                  Hi,

                                   

                                  this solution worked like a charm for me with ESXi 4.1

                                   

                                  I have a Dell PowerEdge 2900 , Intel Xeon E5430 with a Dell PowerVault 124T connected via a PERC 6Gbit/s SAS HBA.

                                   

                                   

                                  Kind regards,

                                  Sascha

                                  • 29. Re: No tape drive inside VM with ESXi 4.1?
                                    smsoutthere Lurker

                                    Well this certainly turned into an adventure.

                                     

                                    First some background. I needed to upgrade to 4.1 to get the USB passthrough, when I did I lost the tape drive. Being new to ESX this caused me all sorts of panic attacks, but thanks to the forums I found that I was not the only one with an issue like this. I am running ESX (not ESXi) and only recently learnt about the vSphere Management Assistant (2 weeks ago on a course actually).

                                     

                                    Having run into this post I was relieved, then when I tried the command as listed :

                                    "esxcli nmp satp deleterule --satp VMW_SATP_ALUA --claim-option tpgs_on"

                                     

                                    I got the error: "Cannot connect to local host"

                                     

                                    Fortunately I found that there was a reply to somene else who had this issue and it told you to specify the server, that was most useful.

                                     

                                    So here is the actual command that I ran on the vMA, I have left this unedited so that you can see it in its exact context:

                                    "esxcli --server 192.168.2.10 nmp satp deleterule --satp VMW_SATP_ALUA --claim-option tpgs_on"

                                     

                                    Obviously the server is 192.168.2.10 --> if you replace this with your server ip address you should have the same success I did. It will prompt you for a username and password, this would be the root account for your esx server.

                                     

                                    After that it was easy, I went to the ESX Host, rescanned the HBA and it found my tape drive, for which I am very grateful.

                                     

                                    I have one question remaining though: Will this stay persistent through reboots or will I have to do this again? If you know the answer I would appreciate a reply, if not I am sure to find out one of these days as power failures are a regular occurance.

                                     

                                    Thanks to all who posted thoughts and ideas on this, without your input I may never have found an answer.

                                     

                                    To all:

                                     

                                    Have a great day!!!

                                     

                                    Sean