Virtual Master/Media Servers with Tape Drive Config

Hi Forum,

Need to configure Virtual Master/Media (Win 2008) R2 system for tape drives/libraries.

Can any one suggest ways/procedure to do so.

VM will be on 3 base cluster servers.

 

Thanks in Advance

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Tape is NOT supported on

Tape is NOT supported on virtual master or media server. Only disk storage units. If you have tape in your environment, you need a physical media server. No way to get it to work on VM master or media.

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Tape is NOT supported on

Tape is NOT supported on virtual master or media server. Only disk storage units. If you have tape in your environment, you need a physical media server. No way to get it to work on VM master or media.

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Physical Library/Tape drives

Physical Library/Tape drives are not possible on VM Machines. You can configure VTL, but to be honest, if you have disk space for VTL, configure it as Disk Based Storage Units.

I know it's not vSphere

I know it's not vSphere ESXi...

...but on my test rig - I can route/map/present (but not share) a SAS attached LTO5 to a VM...

e.g. Virtual Host - Windows 2008 R2 - VMware Workstation 10.0.3 - with SAS attached stanadlone LTO5...

...to either guest VMs of Windows 2008 R2 or RHEL 6.4 - and they can each see and use the tape drive - and use NetBackup without any issues - but not sharing - only one 'server' can have the tape drive at any one time, i.e. either the physical host or one of the VMs.

@NBU2010 - my advice is not to try it in production.  It is not supported.  And you don't want to risk your employer's data.

I hasten to add, it is a

I hasten to add, it is a VMware limitation, not NetBackup...

Hi, do you have any procedure

Hi,

do you have any procedure throught which u did it on your test rig.

will test it first in our test env. before putting the same in prod.

 

 

Why do you still want to

Why do you still want to deploy this in prod knowing that it is NOT supported by Symantec or Vmware? We have seen users here who managed to get it configured but then ran into issues because the tape mount was never detected at OS level and drives went down. Please go through this doc: Support for NetBackup in a Virtual Environment: http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH127089

My use of VMware Workstation

My use of VMware Workstation is not a true bare-metal hypervisor.  I really would not look at this for production.  It's not supported.  If you loose data or run in to issues, neither Symantec nor VMware Support will be under any obligation to assist you.  I wouldn't waste time on trying to get this to work.  And Marianne has said that it has been proven to NOT work - so why even try?

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Re: Tape is NOT supported on

I sent your message to one of my customer and in reply he sent me this following link

 

https://araihan.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/how-to-connect-and-configure-virtual-fibre-channel-fc-stora...

Re: Tape is NOT supported on

Yes, it is possible to 'make it work' but, it is not supported by VMWare / Hyper-V or Veritas.

Therefore, the officaly answer is that it cannot be done as it is unsupported.

Consider that someone did this in a production enviroment, that hit some issues on a critcal restore with only one copy on tape ...

Re: Tape is NOT supported on

@irfanink

Here is the official Veritas doc:

Statement of Support for NetBackup 7.x and 8.x in a Virtual Environment  
There is a list of virtual environments that do support tape - see page 7. Hyper-V and VMware are not part of this list.

Here is an example of someone who tried - everything seemed fine, but then started to get errors. Especially with tape positioning.
Only after 2 weeks did we find out that the tape library was configured on a virtual server. 
https://vox.veritas.com/t5/NetBackup/Trouble-with-Tape-drive-library/m-p/851927

 PS: 
I am locking this discussion as the original query was solved.