[rescue] exb210

alex at lava-net.com alex at lava-net.com
Fri Jan 6 12:24:34 CST 2006


Sorry about that, posted before I had got around to downloading the 

It seems that this particular unit does have a barcode scanner.  I 
just have to figure out how to change the control mode from SCSI to 
console so I can do some tests with the onboard diags.
On a similar note, does anyone know of a program for unix 
(specifically linux) that I can use to send raw commands to the SCSI 
generic device that the autoloader uses?
Fri, Jan 06, 2006 at 01:11:53PM -0500, Bryan Gurney wrote:
> On Thu, 05 Jan 2006 21:19:36 -0500, <alex at lava-net.com> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Just aquired an Exabyte exb210 library.  It appears to work, I've tested
> > both the drives and everything seems fine.  My question is, how do I
> > control the autoloader?  It has 2 serial ports on the back which I asume
> > are for  controling the autoloader.  Is this correct?
>  From my experience, libraries are usually controlled over the SCSI bus.   
> I've worked with a few Qualstar libraries, and when the attached computer  
> boots up, it detects the library itself as a device on the SCSI bus.  The  
> backup program (Legato Networker, Seagate/Veritas/Symantec Backup Exec,  
> QiNetix CommVault, etc.) can usually be configured to control the  
> autoloader, since the backup program needs to coordinate which tapes are  
> in which slots.
> Does the library have a barcode scanner?  That will make inventory control  
> in the library a lot easier, since it will just scan the barcodes of all  
> the tapes in the libary, instead of having to read the tape label of every  
> single tape by loading each and every tape in the drive (this process can  
> take a long time, especially if you have hundreds of tapes!).  There are a  
> few websites that can ship you custom tape labels, or you can look for the  
> premade sheets (though you might be stuck if you need to buy new tapes and  
> need a specific code range; this is where the custom sites come in handy).
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