Does VMware SAN mode require an iSCSI volume to be mounted?
I've presented the iSCSI volumes to the windows server running the
NetVault client with the VMware plugin and the disk is "online" in Disk Management.
Is it necessary to mount to disk as a volume with a drive letter to enable SAN mode to be utilized?
Is it necessary to mount to disk as a volume with a
drive letter to enable SAN mode to be utilized?
No. They should not be mounted and assigned a drive letter by Windows. Once the VM is mounted all the Volumes asocciated to the VM are mounted automatically and Vmware assigns a letter automatically to each volume, in that way a customer can browse the VM to select the volumes he\she wants to backup.
Please be sure the the machine running the VMware plugin has visibility to the vmfs luns:
Disable automount on the machine running the VMware plugin:
From the start menu, click Run, and then enter diskpart.
Run the automount disable command to disable automatic drive letter assignment.
Verify that the SAN policy is set to Online All by typing san and hitting Enter.
If it is not, set it to online all by typing san policy=onlineAll.
Run the automount scrub command to clean any registry entries pertaining to previously mounted volumes.
On your storage device, zone your LUNs so that the NetVault VMware Plugin server's HBA (or iSCSI initiator) can see and read them.
Only one proxy should see a set of LUNs at one time.
For backups only, The NetVault VMware plugin server should only have read-only access to the LUNs.
Also, be sure that san or auto is set for the primary transport method in the plugin options.