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Tape Drive attached to ESX Host

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Hello Experts,

I have a tape drive attached to an ESX host and it is currently showing under configuration > advanced settings. However when I go to storage adapter it is not listed there.
Is there any step that I am missing?
Thanks,
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Question by:Net_Admin1
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by:adambird79
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You can back up virtual machine data by running a backup server within a virtual
machine that is connected to a tape drive or other SCSI-based backup media attached
to the physical system.
When using this method, keep in mind the following:
* VMware supports attaching SCSI drives to the ESX Server using Adaptec SCSI
adapters. Using other adapters, such as LSI MPT-Fusion SCSI, is not supported.
* If you are using a tape drive library (versus using a stand-alone tape drive), the
library must be multitarget, and not multi-LUN.
* Set the tape drive’s virtual target ID in the virtual machine’s configuration to be the
same as the physical target ID.
For information on attaching a SCSI-based tape drive to your virtual machine, see Basic
System Administration.
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by:Net_Admin1
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I am using a stand-alone tape drive Dell PowerVault 110T LTO  . I can see the tape drive in the ESX host bios and also under the hardware configuration of the host . However when i go to storage adapters the device is not listed there
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by:bgoering
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You will need to configure VMDirectPath for your Tape device in order to make it available to your virtual machine. Check http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1010789 to ascertain if your setup meets all the requirements for VMDirectPath I/O and some configuration instructions.

Good Luck
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by:Luciano Patrão
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Hi

Accepting all opinions, but i never connect a tape library directly into an ESX host, ever.

But thats me :)

Jail
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by:Net_Admin1
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Ok, following the steps outlined by bgoering:

Unber Configuration > Advanced settings, I do see the tape drive > 06:04.0 | Adaptec ASC-29320LPE PCIe U320 (with a green icon)
However, when I go to the actual server, right click > Edit settings >Hardware >Add> the PCI device Adaptec ASC-29320LPE PCIe U320 is not listed there.
Is there any step that I am mising?
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by:bgoering
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Yes - see http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1010789

If you met the pre-requisites (the hast has VT-d) you go through configuration - advanced on the host to select devices to enable for directpath
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You right click on the "No devices" line and select edit, then can assign devices
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by:bgoering
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LOL - forgot to trim image for dual monitor - I think its time to go home
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I already enable the device for direct path but when I try to add it to the server, the device is not listed there.
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by:bgoering
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Did you make sure IOMMU is enabled for your VM? And enable both the controller and Tape drive?
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by:Net_Admin1
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Not sure how to enable Iommu
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by:bgoering
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One of the bottom options - can't recall right off which one is required and am late going out...good luck
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by:Net_Admin1
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I do not see that option under resources. Check out the attached print screen...
 

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by:Net_Admin1
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Under options CPU/MMU virtualization is set to automatic
How do i enable  enable  the controller and Tape drive?
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I guess you got this working? You assigned points? Are there still more questions?
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