HP LTO-8 EXTERNAL TAPE DRIVE SUPPORT BY PROXMOX

Abhijit Roy

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Hi All,

Can you tell me is proxmox support HP LTO-8 External tape drive, if yes is it possible to mount it on Centos7 VM.
 

aaron

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How is it connected to the server?
It might be possible to pass it through to the VM.
 

Abhijit Roy

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Actually We are Planning to bye HP External LTO-8 tape drive with a HP Server it will be connected through "HPE Smart Array E208e-p SR Gen10 (8 External Lanes/No Cache) 12G SAS PCIe Plug-in Controller" Card via external SAS Cable, My Plan is to install PROXMOX on that server and create a VM with Centos latest version and mount that drive to the VM, is it possible???
 

Abhijit Roy

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what is the procedure to mount LTO-8 tapes in proxmox, or what is the protocol to be identified tapes by proxmox????
 
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aaron

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If you pass through the device as described in the link of my previous comment the VM should be able to access it like it would be connected directly to the drive.

No mounting within Proxmox just passing through the drive to the VM. You then mount it in the VM.
 

Benc

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what is the procedure to mount LTO-8 tapes in proxmox, or what is the protocol to be identified tapes by proxmox????
Proxmox is built on top of Debian, and therefore all normal mounting procedures would work for mounting LTO tapes into a linux system.
This includes volume management on the Host, or you can pass through a "volume" if your tape array can manage all tapes as a pool.

The more "safe" solution that we are planning on implementing is to attach the SAS card to the server's PCI riser, and then performing a PCI passthrough to a QEMU Virtual machine that is running Bacula/Bareos, and following the standard install documentation. We would not be mounting the tapes as proxmox storage. All mounting would be done inside the virtual machine instead.

This means that we could migrate the backup "server" to a new chassis, and only require a swap of the PCI card in order to change it's physical location.
 

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