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HPUX 11i support for Sony AIT tape drives

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HPUX 11i support for Sony AIT tape drives

How do I support Sony AIT on HPUX 11i?

(HP sells AIT-1,2 and 3 media but they do not support AIT-3 on HPUX11i?)

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Leif Halvarsson_2
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Re: HPUX 11i support for Sony AIT tape drives

Hi,

As you point out yourself, there is no support for AIT in HP-UX. There may be a little chance an AIT drive work as unsupported but I don't belive this chance is big. If you don't want to write your own driver you have to use a different drive type.

I think HP sell AIT media because AIT is rather common in Intel platforms.
David Ruska
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Re: HPUX 11i support for Sony AIT tape drives

The AIT drives came from pre-merger Compaq, where they were attached to prolient and alpha servers.
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Integrator
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Re: HPUX 11i support for Sony AIT tape drives

There is support for Sony, AIT-1 in HPUX 10.x.

Is there any plan to support AIT in the later versions of HPUX?
David Ruska
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Re: HPUX 11i support for Sony AIT tape drives

There are no plans to support AIT on HP-UX.

You might be able to get it to work using mksf and creating custom device files with the correct density, but it still wouldn't work with fbackup.
The journey IS the reward.
Bob Ritko
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Re: HPUX 11i support for Sony AIT tape drives

I know how to get the drives compressing. You have to fool HPUX into thinking they are C1537A, DDS drives. It will NOT be "supported" by HP though. I have some s/w I got from a Sony rep to change the SCSI report string on the drive itself. like I said, contact me to discuss further.
Regards,
leigh