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Backup over Fiber / Lan-FREE DP 10.04 (Help)

We want our backups to go over fiber.  We have tried several things and nothing appears to have worked.  Based on what we have below what recommendations can someone make? Our current backup method is via targeting the VM servers as a regular clients which is sending the data over the network.  The Virtual GRE has been setup and tested but that traffic also goes across the network.  Multipathing has been enabled on the tape unit and backup jobs. Agent licensing is not an issue at this time.

I am also making the assumption that if the backup data was going over the fiber I should not see significant network traffic on the inbound nic of the DP server.

  • Target Servers are Windows 2016 VMs with the DA, MA and Show Copy agents installed.
  • Target Servers are hosted on two VMware ESXi 6.5 hosts within vSphere.
  • The two ESXi host’s storage is an HPE 3PAR which is connected to a Brocade fiber switch.
  • The DP Cell Manager (v10.04) is a physical server (Windows Server 2016) and connected to the fiber switch also.
  • Our backups go to tape which is an HPE MSL6480 unit also connected to the fiber switch.
  • The fiber zones are as such:
  • DP Backup Server to 3PAR Storage
  • DP Backup Server to MSL6480 Tape Unit
  • ESXi01 to 3PAR Storage
  • ESXi02 to 3PAR Storage
  • MSL6480 Tape Unit to ESXiHosts
  • The 3PAR virtual volumes that the ESXi hosts are using is also presented/exported to the DP Cell Manager server.

Thank you.

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Re: Backup over Fiber / Lan-FREE DP 10.04 (Help)

Hello SOCC, 

You could need to configure the devices in SAN to access it and backup the data. 

In the DP documentation you can check more details and steps about how perform this process: 

https://docs.microfocus.com/itom/Data_Protector:10.03/Admin/Backup_Devices/Description/DES_About_Storage_Area_Network_SAN

Hope this helps you, 

Andres Fallas Salazar
Customer Support Engineer

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Re: Backup over Fiber / Lan-FREE DP 10.04 (Help)

Hi Socc,
As far as I know there are no changes from VMware in regards to support FC tape devices attached to Virtual machines.

Please check: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1016407
Limitations section.

I would recommend to check first with VMware support if they now support Passthrough of Tape devices using FC in 6.5, if yes check if there are limitations (if you can present it to more than 1 VM which is usually not possible).

After the VM can see the tape devices then the process in Data Protector will be the same like a any other physical server to configure the devices.

Best regards


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