Various VMware related snips

Using Tape drive as SCSI passthru, rather than whole controller.

Often causes glitches such as tape drive going offline after backup etc.

Possible solution, from is:

Verify if the tape drive is using VMW_SATP_AULA (which is bad)

SSH into esxi 5 console

esxcli storage nmp device list


Device Display Name: HP Serial Attached SCSI Tape (naa.500110a0014b774a)

Storage Array Type: VMW_SATP_ALUA

Storage Array Type Device Config: {implicit_support=on;explicit_support=off; explicit_allow=on;alua_followover=on;{TPG_id=0,TPG_state=AO}}

Path Selection Policy: VMW_PSP_MRU

Path Selection Policy Device Config: Current Path=vmhba2:C0:T0:L0

Path Selection Policy Device Custom Config:

Working Paths: vmhba2:C0:T0:L0

Note: View the Storage Array Type

To change this to VMW_SATP_LOCAL

esxcli storage nmp satp rule add --satp=VMW_SATP_LOCAL --vendor="HP" --model="Ultrium 5-SCSI"

Next you need to remove any claims to that device

esxcli storage core claiming unclaim -t location -A vmhba1 -C 2 -T 0 -L 0

(your vmbha must match!)

esxcfg-rescan vmhba1
esxcli storage nmp device list


Reboot esxi host

Then add your Tape via SCSI device in the VM settings