I am testing out backup options for Veeam 8. I am running two ESXi 5.5 hosts and vCenter 5.5. The first scenario I tried was to connect a physical server on my network to a Netgear ReadyNAS and then use that physical server as a backup repository in Veeam. The full backup took almost 3 hours and I want to find a faster solution because I've got a total of 1.5TB to backup on vm's. The iSCSI connection to the NAS is on a separate switch & subnet.
My next idea is to connect the server running Veeam to the NAS via iSCSI and see how that runs. I want to know how to connect the VM running Veeam to the NAS. I have two NIC's on the ESXi host that are not being used and I would like to use one of them for the iSCSI connection and leave them on the separate subnet so it does not affect my normal network traffic. Is it possible to attach one of the NIC's on the host to the VM so it is dedicated? Then I could use iSCSI to connect to the NAS?