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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