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Thanks to everyone for the input on this issue. I figured that we would probably need to restore this natively, but, I have been looking into the Solaris/VMware option as well recently.
The Netapp simulator is an interesting option. I haven't heard of that before.
The trick to doing this with Solaris would be getting the VM to recognize the tape drive (Does VMWare workstation allow SCSI passthrough? Or only the ESX/GSX server?), or running through the process using a RAW image file. I suppose if the image file was on a share, it *may* be possible to access/mount that from the Solaris VMware, and then run the process. These image files are >200GB, so accessing them over a network would be optimal over trying to get them "inside" a vmware disk/container.
However, some of the instructions in that link require the ability to space past the header, and to specific file marks, and I don't know how to do that from a mounted tape image file.
Anyone know if that is possible? (to mount a raw tape image file and run these commands?)
These images are RAW, the equivelant of "DD" images. My thought is that they could be mounted as a "virtual tape" so that Solaris would think that it was a tape drive and standard commands could be run against it.
I haven't tried Cygwin, but that sounds like an interesting idea. I'll try a few things and see what happens...