VCDX181.com

Marc Huppert

After completing the last HomeLab / HomeDC Change: Stage XVIII: VSAN and VVOLs it was time to review my Backup and Desaster Recovery Methods.


I used VMware vDP for Desaster Recovery, I had no active Backup strategy....




But I wanted more than a Desaster Recovery Solution. I wanted to be able to offload my Backups to a third location.....


I searched for a cheap LTO Tape solution. I found a HP LTO2 Tape Drive....

 
 

It is a HP LTO2 19" Rack solution. 


I used a LSI SAS Controller to operate with the tape drive. 


It is connected via an external SAS cable.


I configured the SAS Controller for PCI Pass Through into a Windows 2012 VM.


I installed Symantec Backup Exec 15 inside that Windows VM and the Tape Drive was recognized correctly.


I deployed the Symantec Backup Exec Agents onto my Windows VMs and configured a Backup Job to use the Tape Drive.


It works very well, but you know, I wanted more flexibility.......

I found a cheap LTO4 Autoloader at eBay and changed it with my LTO2 Tape Drive. It has the same SAS connection.

 
 

Now I have 8 LTO4 tapes within my Autoloader.....



I also configured a 900GB Disk Pool within Backup Exec to make backups faster. These Backup Disk Pool is stored on a SanDisk FusionIO 1,2TB ioDrive 2 card. Performance and reliability is the key.....

I have already implemented several other HomeLab enhancements, I only need to document them here......


Check out my newest story: Stage XX: VMware VSAN All Flash