I must prepare an offer for my client with the following configuration:
- 6-core SERVER, with RAID 10 SAS disks...DONE
- ESXi 5.0 platform for new SBS...DONE
- SBS 2011 with 50 CALS... DONE
- Local backup on NAS storage...DONE
All done, fine.
BUT now a PROBLEM:
Customer wants to have also BACKUP ON TAPE. He's chosen LTO4 800GB tape drive. Nice, but:
1.) As I read some forums, ESXi 5.0 (actually, any ESX) does NOT support (well) SAS or SCSI drive passthru. Instead, Device Passthru is recommended, so I would need another SAS controller, just for LTO4 tape drive, and then configure passthru for the whole SAS controller. Am I right?
Can be done?
Regarding Hardware, we are talking of brand new FUJITSU RX 300 S7 server. This one has an on-board SAS RAID 0/1 controller, which is not used, because our solution of RAID 10 disks requires separate hardware RAID controller.
QUESTION: would it be possible to connect LTO4 tape drive onto On-Board controller and passthru to SBS VM only this controller, while another hardware RAID will still be used for ESXi virtual machines?
Which software would you recommend for this scenario?
Requirements are good SBS with Exchange backups, possibly on mailbox or even on single mail item level, and simple file backup - all those ON TAPE.
Another reqirement is PRICE. I've looked at BackupExec, and it costs alost 2.000 US$, which is quite a lot for my opinion. But I might be wrong, of course.
Any advice appreciated. Thanx!