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Dell PowerVault 124T connecting to VMware 5.1

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Hello, I have a customer that was converted to VMware 5.1 and they would like to use their PowerVault 124T to backup files on some of their VMs. I have read that tape devices are not supported on VMware 5.x, but I was wondering if anyone had any specific instructions on how to connect/present and setup the device? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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You are correct tape devices are not supported on ESXi 5.1.

The recommended solution is to purchase and insert a SCSI card, just a SCSI initiator, with no RAID controller, Adaptec cards are recommended.

Then using VM Direct Path IO, add this PCI card to a Virtual Machine, and connect your tape drive to this SCSI card.

This is the recommended solution by Symantec, Overland and other Tape Vendors.

Please note not all servers support VM Direct Path IO.

An example of how you use VM Direct PATH IO

http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/VMDirectPath/USB_Setup.php

I would encourage the use of a backup solution which backups Virtual Machines at the block level (disk), e.g. Veeam Backup and Replication.
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Yes, we would love to migrate them to a vm backup solution, however, they have been unwilling to spend any capital on DR.

Will the tape drive connect via scsi? I believe the current connection on the back of the device is sas.
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If you provided a SCSI initiator card, it can be presented as I've posted above.
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Thank you for the info. I was able to convince them to ditch the tape and go with Veeam to Synology box in the end!
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Very Good +1 for Veeam!
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