Discussions specific to tape backups
Post Reply
v33@m3r
Influencer
Posts: 23
Liked: never
Joined: Jan 13, 2015 10:42 pm
Full Name: Mr Veeam McVeeamerson
Contact:

ESXi5.5, Veeam8, Tape Drive Passthrough to VM

Post by v33@m3r » Apr 20, 2015 12:58 pm

Hi There,

I was wondering if many people are Installing Veeam on a VM, and configuring tape drive pass-through?
Is this supported, and also, does it work well?
Is there any sort of compatibility list I should be aware of?

Thanks in advance!

Dima P.
Veeam Software
Posts: 8576
Liked: 634 times
Joined: Feb 04, 2013 2:07 pm
Full Name: Dmitry Popov
Location: Prague
Contact:

Re: ESXi5.5, Veeam8, Tape Drive Passthrough to VM

Post by Dima P. » Apr 20, 2015 4:12 pm

Hello v33@m3r,
Tape device pass-through configuration is not recommended and not supported.

v.Eremin
Veeam Software
Posts: 15140
Liked: 1141 times
Joined: Oct 26, 2012 3:28 pm
Full Name: Vladimir Eremin
Contact:

Re: ESXi5.5, Veeam8, Tape Drive Passthrough to VM

Post by v.Eremin » Apr 21, 2015 9:16 am

First and foremost this configuration is not supported by VMWare itself. Even if we turn a blind eye to it, we're likely to face number of other limitations. Thanks.

v33@m3r
Influencer
Posts: 23
Liked: never
Joined: Jan 13, 2015 10:42 pm
Full Name: Mr Veeam McVeeamerson
Contact:

Re: ESXi5.5, Veeam8, Tape Drive Passthrough to VM

Post by v33@m3r » Apr 24, 2015 9:33 am

Hi There,

Thanks for that. I had thought this was the case, but just wanted to get the latest on it.

v.Eremin
Veeam Software
Posts: 15140
Liked: 1141 times
Joined: Oct 26, 2012 3:28 pm
Full Name: Vladimir Eremin
Contact:

Re: ESXi5.5, Veeam8, Tape Drive Passthrough to VM

Post by v.Eremin » Apr 24, 2015 10:49 am

The best approach would be to attach a device to any Windows-based physical or virtual machine (ISCSI), add that server as a tape server to a backup console, and use it afterwards. Thanks.

v33@m3r
Influencer
Posts: 23
Liked: never
Joined: Jan 13, 2015 10:42 pm
Full Name: Mr Veeam McVeeamerson
Contact:

Re: ESXi5.5, Veeam8, Tape Drive Passthrough to VM

Post by v33@m3r » Feb 23, 2016 8:56 am

Hi All,

Sorry for doing a Zombie thread on this, but is all of this the same now with ESXi6? (VMware & Veeam do not support tape drive passthrough with ESXi6 / Veeam9 ?)

Thanks

v.Eremin
Veeam Software
Posts: 15140
Liked: 1141 times
Joined: Oct 26, 2012 3:28 pm
Full Name: Vladimir Eremin
Contact:

Re: ESXi5.5, Veeam8, Tape Drive Passthrough to VM

Post by v.Eremin » Feb 24, 2016 12:01 pm

As far as I'm aware, VMware has not changed that policy. Thanks.

v33@m3r
Influencer
Posts: 23
Liked: never
Joined: Jan 13, 2015 10:42 pm
Full Name: Mr Veeam McVeeamerson
Contact:

Re: ESXi5.5, Veeam8, Tape Drive Passthrough to VM

Post by v33@m3r » Feb 25, 2016 9:48 am

ok thanks

v.Eremin
Veeam Software
Posts: 15140
Liked: 1141 times
Joined: Oct 26, 2012 3:28 pm
Full Name: Vladimir Eremin
Contact:

Re: ESXi5.5, Veeam8, Tape Drive Passthrough to VM

Post by v.Eremin » Feb 25, 2016 10:43 am

If you happen to have any Windows-based physical machine then you can connect your tape device to it. If you want to make use of VM, then make sure that the device supports ISCSI connections. Thanks.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests