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Created: 26 Oct 2011 • Updated: 26 Oct 2011 | 3 comments
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I have to install Backup Exec in a environment where I have Dell servers , IBM LTO3 Tape storage and IBM DS 8100 SAN and my client want to backup there primary servers like Exchange servers and SQL and some other important servers I have no experience with SAN and IBM tape drive storage . Although at my client side they have SAN administrator who will take care of the SAN but they want me to handle IBM  tape storage please guide me how I have to start this project and please share any good documentation related with the  Backup Exec 2010 and IBM Tape storage  please guide me I really need you valuable advise and assistance regarding this issue.

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CraigV's picture


In order to backup those servers via the SAN, you need the following:

1. Tape library attached to the SAN and zoned to see the other servers.

2. SAN SSO (Shared Storage Option) licensed and installed on your main media server.

3. Other servers making use of the SAN to be attached to the SAN and also to have full versions of BE installed along with the necessary agents.

The tape library is key...if it isn't SAN-attached, it won't work and your backups will end up running across your LAN using a standard RAWS agent installation.

Read the articles below for more information:

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geekgadget's picture

Hello CraigV ,

Thanks for you reply and for your guidance I will go through the Article and some other docs regarding IBM tape storage and then I let you know any other assistance I need from your side.

Thanks in Advance



CraigV's picture

Cool stuff, no worries...just a bit more background to how SAN SSO works:

The main media server acts as the "controller" in a way. It controls which other servers controlled to the SAN get access to the robotics. If this didn't exist, whichever server got access to the library would lock it, preventing other servers from connecting to it.

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