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HP SAS LTO5 Tape Autoloader to be configured on VMWARE ESXi5  Virtual Machine

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ESXi 5 server can detect the HBA card , but device is shown zero, how to provide the HP Tape autloader on Virtual machine windows 2008 r2 64 bit  hosted on ESXi5 host

Tape Library :
BL536A      HP StorageWorks 1/8 G2 LTO-5 Ultrium 3000 SAS Tape Autoloader


HBA card MODEl :
416096-B21      HP SC44Ge Host Bus Adapter
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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There are two methods you could try, SCSI Passthru' and VM Direct Path, where you add the HBA to the virtual machine.

The actual statement from VMware is

"Tape drives. VMware does not support tape drives that are connected to ESX/ESXi hosts"

Note: VMware does not support tape drives that are connected to ESXi 5.0 hosts.

See here
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1016407

Also LSI SCSI controllers are not supported, only Adaptec.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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We are having HP p4300 G2  SAN storage  if we able to connect Autoloader with  this , will it wokr over Symantec NDMP agent , I meane NDMP agent with Virtual machine i ssupported HP SAN Storage ?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Thats a new question.

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Let me make a new question
Hi,  I have a very similar setup.  How did you get on with this?

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We got from symantec , It won't support

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answer is from symantec