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Physical VMprotect and BE2010

Planning on using a physical box for our BE2010 - tape backups along with Vmprotect7.  However can vmprotect be virtualised locally on top of the physical box?  Is there any issues doing this?
Main reason for this would be to restore vmprotect server with ease should it go wrong, and not rely on the tape backup for restoring....

vmplayer?

Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMProtect can be installed on a virtual server. It can run in a VMware Workstation or VMware Player VM.
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
how best to backup the guest?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware Converter, Veeam FastSCP, Datastore Browser, Export OVF
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
or free version of esxi with vm?
external tape devices are not supported on esx right?  but should work?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
ESXi does not support the connection of tape drives. Tape drives are hit and miss when connected to VMs using SCSI Passthru, A dedicated SCSI controller, using VM Direct Path presented to the VM, then attach the tape drive to this scsi controller is recommended.

BUT, not supported, VMware Support do not support this, and its Partner or Vendor supported.
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
physical then.... :(
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
ok, is there any reason why we should not use vmplayer on the 2k8 server and virtualise the acronis, backup exec software?
Possibly performance and windows licencing issues...?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No, other than performance is poor in a type 2 Hypervisor.
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CHI-LTDAuthor Commented:
Will stick with physical option but also look at appliance...
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