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DL380 External SCSI (VHDCI) concern

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Jay Gomez
Occasional Advisor

DL380 External SCSI (VHDCI) concern

Hi to all,

I have a DL380 G3 and G2 servers with 6 HDD attached to each of the server and configured as RAID 1 and RAID5 respectively using the integrated smart array controller.My concern is that,is it possible for me to attached external tape drive or a tape library on the external scsi (VHDCI)of the DL380?
Will it function without affecting the RAID set or the logical drives configured on the server?
Thanks in advance..

Re: DL380 External SCSI (VHDCI) concern

Hi Jay Gomez,

I thing your Tape Library has been connected to Ext.Scsi Controller,So it is not distrup to you Existing Array configuration. don't worry you can proceed.



Ext.Scsi:Tape library.
insuch case library not detected pls. check the combination of IRQ(0~15)

If you want check functionality of Tap drive, could you download and installed the Tape driver utillity and check the performance of the drive.

Tape drive library utility download ulr:〈=English+%28US%29&basePartNum=COL1977&locBasepartNum=co-24451-1&os=Microsoft+Windows+2000+Server&tech=Diagnostic&pnameOID=12207&prodTypeId=12169&prodSeriesId=63995

Thanks and Regards
Stephen Kebbell
Honored Contributor

Re: DL380 External SCSI (VHDCI) concern


the external VHDCI connector is controlled by the Smart Array 5i controller. A Standalone tape drive is supported (as long as your internal drive cage is configured for simplex). Autoloaders and Libraries are NOT supported. For those devices you would need a separate PCI SCSI Controller.

Oleg Koroz
Honored Contributor

Re: DL380 External SCSI (VHDCI) concern

Try to get optional SCSI controller 66/66 or 64/133 for all External non-Array devices
Try to keep split for bus load also it's recommended for not hot plug tape drive use regular SCSI cards