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Hi..

does anyone know how to setup ibm lto4 external tape drive connected with an SAS HBA card installed inside the IBM server in esx5.5..My VM running windows 2012 does not recognized the tape drive.

Thanks for you kind support and help.

Rgds.
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Firstly, ESXi 5.5 does not supported the direct attachment of tape drives to the host server.

see here

Note: As per the vSphere 5.x Release Notes, VMware does not support Tape Drives connected directly to ESXi 5.x.

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Configuring vendor-supported tape drives and media changers on ESX/ESXi 4.x and later (1016407)

Understanding support for tape devices with VMware ESXi and VMware ESX (2007904)

The recommended method of attaching a tape drive to a virtual machine is:-

1. use a SCSI Inititor (SCSI card)
2, connect the tape drive directly to the SCSI card.
3. Present the SCSI Card directly to the VM using VM Direct Path I/O e.g. PCI Passthrough.

The above is recommended by Symantec and Overland as the only way to attach tape drives to VMs

checkout this example of PCI passthrough using a USB PCI card as an example:-

Checkout these documents on USB passthrough

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

Only a few serverfs supported PCI Passthrough (VM Direct Path I/O)
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