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ABS Install - Can't Connect GGA Robot Device

 
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Robert Atkinson
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ABS Install - Can't Connect GGA Robot Device

I'm trying to connect a Fiber-attached robot using the prescribed method through SYSMAN, but get this error :-

$ MC SYSMAN IO CONNECT GGA4 /NOADAPTER /DRIVER=SYS$GKDRIVER.EXE
%SYSMAN-I-NODERR, error returned from node ALPHA
-SYSTEM-E-UNSUPPORTED, unsupported operation or function

I'm trying to use the GK (SCSI) driver which may be wrong, but I can see any other drivers that fit the bill, i.e. SYS$GGDRIVER.EXE

Anyone else got these hooked up to ABS or MRU?

Rob.
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Hoff
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Re: ABS Install - Can't Connect GGA Robot Device

This is usually an omission within the storage controller configuration; the GG device should instantiate itself when the storage controller is appropriately configured.

Details on the CCL/SACD/whatsit stuff (and even the name of the stuff itself) tends to vary, but this'll get you in the right area:

http://labs.hoffmanlabs.com/node/681

If it's different on your controller (and which it may be), contact me off-line with whatever it turns out to be and I'll update the article.
EdgarZamora
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Re: ABS Install - Can't Connect GGA Robot Device

Did you try doing a SYSMAN IO FIND?
Nagendra Shastry K,C
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Re: ABS Install - Can't Connect GGA Robot Device

Hi Rob,

The command MC SYSMAN IO CONNECT <> is used only to create a SCSI attached devices. For FC devices just you need to run the below set of commends to create the MG and GG devices.

MC SYSMAN IO FIND -- discovers and list the new WWID if it is not
updated already in SYS$DEVICES.DAT file
MC SYSMAN IO AUTO -- Will create MG device and GG device

After this you should be able to see the MG and GG device.

Regards,
Nagendra
Volker Halle
Honored Contributor

Re: ABS Install - Can't Connect GGA Robot Device

Rob,

and be sure to read chapter 7.5 Fibre Channel Tape Support of the 'Guidelines for OpenVMS Cluster Configurations' manual first.

http://h71000.www7.hp.com/doc/82final/6318/6318pro_010.html#fctapes

Volker.
Colin Butcher
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Re: ABS Install - Can't Connect GGA Robot Device

The information about the tape drives and robot are stored in SYS$SYSTEM:SYS$DEVICES.DAT

That file is updated by using SYSMAN IO FIND, then SYSMAN IO AUTO will build the device tables.

If you still don't see the devices (MGA / GGA) after doing this, then check how you have the SANswitch zoning configured.

SYS$ETC:FIBRE_SCAN.EXE is useful to give you a complete list of what devices are visible down which fibre ports on the system.

Cheers, Colin (http://www.xdelta.co.uk).
Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem (Occam's razor).
Robert Atkinson
Respected Contributor

Re: ABS Install - Can't Connect GGA Robot Device

Sorry - I should have said the Robot device is available to VMS :-

ALPHA_ROB$ sh dev gga4/ful

Device $2$GGA4:, device type HP MSL G3 Series, is online, shareable.

Error count 0 Operations completed 0
Owner process "" Owner UIC [SYSGRP,SYSTEM]
Owner process ID 00000000 Dev Prot S:RWPL,O:RWPL,G:RWPL,W:RWPL
Reference count 0 Default buffer size 0
WWID 02000008:5001-10A0-0093-76F0


However, I'm pretty certain it still needs connecting to the appropriate driver using IO CONNECT.

Rob.
Colin Butcher
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Re: ABS Install - Can't Connect GGA Robot Device

Works just fine with ABS by the way.

If you have Windows ABS clients (or Windows systems that can see the tape drive / robot through SAN zoning), then make sure you disable the infernal Windows removable media service, otherwise you'll be having some interesting troubles as more than one system tries to grab the tape devices.

Cheers, Colin (http://www.xdelta.co.uk).
Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem (Occam's razor).
Volker Halle
Honored Contributor

Re: ABS Install - Can't Connect GGA Robot Device

Rob,

if the GGA device is already available, then that's all you need. It is then being driven by SYS$GGDRIVER.

You just can access that device with MRU then.

Volker.
Robert Atkinson
Respected Contributor

Re: ABS Install - Can't Connect GGA Robot Device

Apologies to Nagendra. You were completely correct that Fiber-attaches devices don't need the driver manually loaded.

The ABS installation guide is quite ambiguous. It says that you may have to configure robot devices for MDMS, then goes on to talk about direct attached and Fiber attached. Nothing I read anywhere refuted this.

In the meantime, HP are just up to the 'please provide a PROD SHOW HIST' stage.

You guys ROCK!