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ESXi5.5, Veeam8, Tape Drive Passthrough to VM

Veeam Logoby v33@m3r » Mon 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!
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Re: ESXi5.5, Veeam8, Tape Drive Passthrough to VM

Veeam Logoby Dima P. » Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:12 pm

Hello v33@m3r,
Tape device pass-through configuration is not recommended and not supported.
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Re: ESXi5.5, Veeam8, Tape Drive Passthrough to VM

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Tue 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.
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Re: ESXi5.5, Veeam8, Tape Drive Passthrough to VM

Veeam Logoby v33@m3r » Fri 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.
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Re: ESXi5.5, Veeam8, Tape Drive Passthrough to VM

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Fri 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.
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Re: ESXi5.5, Veeam8, Tape Drive Passthrough to VM

Veeam Logoby v33@m3r » Tue 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 ?)

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

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:01 pm

As far as I'm aware, VMware has not changed that policy. Thanks.
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Re: ESXi5.5, Veeam8, Tape Drive Passthrough to VM

Veeam Logoby v33@m3r » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:48 am

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

Veeam Logoby v.Eremin » Thu 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.
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