Virtualization: Ultrium LTO-5 3000 (SAS) + Guest OS Passthrough


  • Afternoon all,


    We have recently just purchased some new F&P Servers (HP Proliant) and upgraded our Tape Drives to the new HP LTO-5 Ultrium 3000's across a number of our offices. As we move forward with technology we wanted to move our F&P Servers over to a virtualized enviroment; Server 2008 R2 Core base, with our F&P and WSUS Servers virtualized within Hyper-V so as to decomisson two physical servers.


    However, to my amazement, we have run into a brick-wall - and I can see I'm not alone from the last two days of research - in regards to Tape Drive passthroughs to Guest OSes. It is rumored that people have had success with VMWare and Citrix options, but nothing when it came to Microsoft Hyper-V. I went searching through a number of threads on here, but nothing has been posted recently, and hoping someone may have some insight for me in regards to allowing us to use Backup Exec on our F&P Server (Guest OS, W2K8 Full under Hyper-V)?


    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Monday, January 23, 2012 4:00 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    LTO drives are used only for the parent partition. it's not possible to redirect a SCSI device in a virtual machine in hyper-v.

    thus , the LTO can't be used since the virtual machine.

    However , there is a solution by using the LTO as "iSCSI Target" in the parent parttion and create a virtual machine in the iSCSI Initiator to connect LTO drive, to acheive this goal follow these steps:

    1. SETTING THE THE LTO in the host as iSCSI target
    2. Setting an iSCSI initiator in the virtual machine
    3. Connect to each other

      to know how configure the iSCSI target read this bellow link 

    Best Regards
    Monday, January 30, 2012 10:23 AM
  • that's true what Bourbita said: you need to use iSCSI. just the link provided is invalid as it shows Microsoft iSCSI Target. Microsoft Target and most other free target does not support Tape Devices.

    you can use i.e. StarWind iSCSI.

    -o((: nExoR :))o-

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:14 PM