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SCSI Tape drive on ESX

Posted on 2010-08-20
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Hello Experts,

I have a scsi tape drive attached to vmware host machine and I am tryoing to set it up on one of the vmware server. Any ideas?

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What are you trying to achieve, tape based backup of the ESX host?

Personally, I'd use a script to an NFS share.
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If I understand you correctly the tape drive is attached to the ESX host and you wish to use that device in a virtual machine running on that host.

In that case you will need to configure SCSI passthrough and assign the tape drive to the VM.

Good Luck
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by:Net_Admin1
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Correct bgoering,
what are the steps to configure the scsi passthrough?
thanks!
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I guess the proper term is now VMDirectPath - take a look at http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/techpaper/vsp_4_vmdirectpath_host.pdf for some examples, and here (http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1016407) for a knowledge base article particular to tape drives in ESX(i) 4.x.

Good Luck
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