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Symantec BackupExec 2012 Direct SAN technology?

Created: 20 Nov 2012 • Updated: 28 Oct 2013 | 2 comments
Fasawe's picture
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We have two server hosts with VMware ESXi 5.1 (in HA cluster) that connected to the disk-based storage via SAS cables.

And we have one backup server with Symantec BackupExec 2012 and tape drive for offsite backups.

If I connect this server with SAS HBA to this SAS storage,

can I access directly via 6Gbps SAS to the VMFS datastores and backup virtual machines on tape device?

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CraigV's picture


there shouldn't be an issue with this, although it's not an FC SAN.

You're looking at using SAN Transport MOde in your backup, so check the TN below:


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Colin Weaver's picture

vSphere/ESX 5.1 is not current supported

Also even if with 5.0, not 100% sure that SAN Transport can work over SAS or whather only iSCSI and Fibre Channel can be used (it might work as long as the disk is presented as a Datastore into ESX and as a conbnection to the media server at the same time)