[PVE-User] tape drive support in guests?

Martin Maurer martin at proxmox.com
Tue Jun 23 18:13:00 CEST 2009

> -----Original Message-----
> From: pve-user-bounces at pve.proxmox.com [mailto:pve-user-
> bounces at pve.proxmox.com] On Behalf Of Tomasz Chmielewski
> Sent: Dienstag, 23. Juni 2009 16:19
> To: pve-user at pve.proxmox.com
> Subject: [PVE-User] tape drive support in guests?
> I just saw this post:
> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.emulators.kvm.devel/21597
> And was wondering if it is possible to use tape drives in guests (other
> than with PCI passthrough and iSCSI over network)?

We tried to get this running, especially using a scsi tape in a windows guest. But we had no success and as far as I know it's still not working (it got lower priority here...)

But if it works, Proxmox VE would be a nice solution for small single server implementation where the backup software is installed in a windows guest (e.g. the ntbackup or the much better one in win2008 - Windows Server Backup). 

For single server installation with internal tape (for small business): 
Install the backup software on the Proxmox VE with direct access to the tape (e.g. bacula, arkeia, sep sesam, etc.)

Br, martin

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