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LTO-4 compatibility RHEL 3 Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86

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Charlie Nelson
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LTO-4 compatibility RHEL 3 Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86

Hi. Looking at 1840 SCSI LTO-4 standalone drive to run on RHEL 3 on Intel x86 32-bit platform. Will these work together? Any drivers required? Any special tricks to it or does it "just work?"

I do not see it under the general hp compatibility list: http://www.hp.com/products1/storage/compatibility/tapebackup/software/14-0003-1002.html#matrixtable

I do see firmware listed at: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=3454488&prodTypeId=12169&prodSeriesId=3454484&swLang=13&taskId=135&swEnvOID=1080

Thank you for any insights!
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Curtis Ballard
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Re: LTO-4 compatibility RHEL 3 Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86

We test that drive extensively with RHEL 4 and RHEL 5 but RHEL 3 is no longer in the environmental test lab. If you pull an old version of the EBS matrix: ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/products/storageworks/techdoc/ebs/EBSMatrix-0608.pdf you can see RHEL 3 listed as supported with that drive.

Charlie Nelson
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Re: LTO-4 compatibility RHEL 3 Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86

Thank you. Very handy to access these older documents.

Yes I do see references to the 1840 there and RHEL 3 drivers.
I might infer that with the RHEL 3 drivers the 1840 is supported since both are part of this EBS spec?
Next I will look for the RHEL 3 drivers referenced here. Hopefully docs that accompany the drivers will specify further.
Curtis Ballard
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Re: LTO-4 compatibility RHEL 3 Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86

Yes you may infer that the 1840 listed in that document and RHEL 3 means that they were tested together. That is one area where I don't feel that document has enough explanation. Every device listed has been tested with every OS/HBA listed and is supported unless there is a note specifically exclusing one particular configuration.

The only exclusion I'm aware of with RHEL is that we don't support the Adaptec 29320 HBA on Linux.
Charlie Nelson
Occasional Contributor

Re: LTO-4 compatibility RHEL 3 Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86

Thanks, Curtis - I might have missed that and assumed the 29320 was ok - good heads up!