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Tape Library on MSA1500cs with redundant controller

 
PGroves
Occasional Visitor

Tape Library on MSA1500cs with redundant controller

Hi,

I have a MSA1500cs with redundant controller.

I am going to be putting a fibre channel tape drive on the san, but would like some advise on this.

As it only has one hba, it will only be able to connect to one switch. With how the controller is now configured, if the hba of the tape drive isn't on the active controller, the servers on the san won't be able to connect to it.

Does anyone have any suggestions for this?

Thanks,

Paul
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Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor

Re: Tape Library on MSA1500cs with redundant controller

The MSA1500cs controllers will not talk to the Fibre Channel port of the tape device. On some libraries, the embedded FC/SCSI converter will act as a SCSI initiator and attempt to talk to the MSA1500cs, however. I would rather set up a switch zoning so that the MSA1500cs and the tape library CAN NOT talk to each other.
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meloni
Honored Contributor

Re: Tape Library on MSA1500cs with redundant controller

There is no advise possible, if the switch become inactive, you will not be able to run backups. but as they are just backup, and not the working data, if you cannot buy a new switch for now, you can stay like that.
In case or problem you can still reconfigure your SAN, or repair the switch
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