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Backup Server on Virtual Platform

Created: 03 Oct 2013 | 5 comments
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Hi,

      Now a days most of the companys are using Virtual Servers. So we will make our product to support from Virtual Platform.

(Ex.)  If we have Virtual Server (BE app installed); we will connect the Network cable or Fibre cable on Tape library and assign the IP. Then we have to connect the device from BE via Network. From network we will manage the tape library and run the jobs. If we installed BE on virtual server, we will take the Backup server full backup on every week\month. It will help when server crash or BE app fail, etc...

Cost vise also we dont want separte server for Backup. So most of companys want this product.

Thanks,

Vicky M

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pkh's picture

Does your tape library/drive support the configuration that you have suggested?  Also does VMware or Microsoft (Hyper-V) support such connections from their VM to the tape drives?

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CraigV's picture

...VMware no longer supports SCSI pass-through so this becomes a moot point. Also, what happens if the host on which the virtual media server is hosted goes down? You can't VMotion the VM at all...backups will grind to a halt and it becomes a manual issue to sort out.

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Yes i agree CraigV, If we use Network cable to manage the library than VMotion and HA will work.

 

- Vicky

 

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Hi,

         Instead on connecting ISCSI we will manage the library through Network. So we will add the device in BE using IP address and manage the library.

 

- Vicky

 

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CraigV's picture

...if you had a virtual media server with disk presented (non-RDM), THEN I could understand that a virtual media server could be an option.

However...having tried this same configuration (but using SCSI instead), and NOT on my advice as I didn't want the solution implemented, I can say that running backups to a virtual media server via tape becomes a problem. Never mind the VMotion that won't happen; if you have an issue where the library drops out of Windows, you will need to restart the host which presents its own sort of issues with downtime etc.

It should give you an idea of how this is viewed with VMware having dropped SCSI pass-through from VMware completely.

Thanks!

Alternative ways to access Backup Exec Technical Support:

https://www-secure.symantec.com/connect/blogs/alte...

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