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5i and DLT drive on DL380 ?

Russell Painter
Occasional Advisor

5i and DLT drive on DL380 ?

Can someone help me to know if I can run external Compaq 20/40 DLT drives from an imbedded 5i controller on a DL380g2?

If yes, are there any drivers, firmware,etc needed to be installed?

The 5i is not being used for an array, I have a 5302 doing that...

Thanks in Advance !!
Jason Lee3
Frequent Advisor

Re: 5i and DLT drive on DL380 ?

Hi Russell,

Probably not. This is an piece from an HP customer advisory (Old, 2002). "Single-ended devices, multi-LUN Auto-loaders, and tape libraries are not supported on the Smart Array 5i or Smart Array 5i Plus Controller." The 20/40 DLT you have is SE. The 40/80 is supported as it is SE/LVD. The list below is also from the customer advisory.
If you give it a try HP would recommend downloading the latest FW for the drive and drivers from the web.



The following external tape devices and Rackmount Kits have been qualified for use on a ProLiant DL380 G2 server and ProLiant DL380 G2 Packaged Cluster server configured with a Smart Array 5i or Smart Array 5i Plus Controller and qualified for use with
with Computer Associates BrightStor ARCserve 2000, ComputerAssociates BrightStor ARCserve Backup for NetWare, VERITAS Backup Execfor Windows NT and Windows 2000 Version 8.6, VERITAS Backup Exec for NetWareVersion 8.6, and the backup software included within Microsoft Windows2000 Server, Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, and Novell NetWare 5.1:

110/220 SDLT External Tape Drive, Option Kit 215488-B21.

40/80 DLT External Tape Drive, Option Kit 146197-B22 and 146197-292.

20/40 DAT External Tape Drive, Option Kit 157770-001, 157770-B31, and 157770-291.

3U Rackmount Kit, Option Kit 274338-B21.

5U Rackmount Kit, Option Kit 274339-B21.
Steven Clementi
Honored Contributor

Re: 5i and DLT drive on DL380 ?


It is likely that the drive will work on the external port through the 5i controller, but you will not realize the full potential of the drive as the 5i is an Array Controller and as such, you will have limited performace with a tape drive attached.

It is suggested that you get a secondarySCSI hba. I also think you might be ble to remove the 5i and just use the onboard SCSI, but I don't know if removing the 5i disables the externl port. Since you are not using the 5i, you can safely remove it during your next downtime and test the idea. (if you want).

Steven Clementi
HP Master ASE, Storage and Clustering
MCSE (NT 4.0, W2K, W2K3)
VCP (ESX2, Vi3, vSphere4, vSphere5)
NPP3 (Nutanix Platform Professional)