Connecting to SCSI tape drive from VMware virtual machine

Posted on 2007-10-01
Last Modified: 2013-11-14

Here is our planned setup at the moment. We wanted to configure a server as a domain controller and file/print server (Windows server 2003). I will be heading out to that office next week for this installation.

Due to corporate standards, we have to create two separate virtual servers in order to do this. One Virtaul server will host the domain controller (DC), and the other virtual server will host the file print server (FP)
The base OS (windows 2003 server) will not have anything installed. It will just be joined to the domain and be running VMware server which will create the two virtual machines.

My problem is this: i will also be installing an internal Ultrium SCSI Tape drive on the server that will be needed to take backups of the files that users save on the FP virtual server. Since the FP server will be running as a virtual machine the dilemma i am facing is that i've heard that VMware does not support connection to a SCSI tape drive. So how then, will i be able to successfuly use my tape drive as a backup tool on a virtual machine?

Any ideas anyone?
Question by:connelvalentine
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    That's the disadvantage of using virtual machine. You really don't have a physical connection, but you can still perform backup from your fp virtual machine. Check VMware software called VMware consolidate backup solution

    Otherwise, set your backup application on the physical server and backup FP as remote client.


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