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MSA20 and LTO Ultrium 4 1X8 Changer

David Heiert
Advisor

MSA20 and LTO Ultrium 4 1X8 Changer

I need to use both of these devices on my Storage server. Apparently I cannot use the MSA with the LSI card that came with my server for the tape changer.

Can I use a Smart Array 6402/128 Controller with the tape changer and get to the MSA20 through that care? I assume that I can.

I do not have room for another expansion card since my P800 is also installed.
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Torsten.
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Re: MSA20 and LTO Ultrium 4 1X8 Changer

The autoloader needs to connect to a "plain" SCSI card, the MSA20 needs to connect to a smartarray controller.

Hope this helps!
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David Heiert
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Re: MSA20 and LTO Ultrium 4 1X8 Changer

That's a shame. The changer can't work off the smart card at all? Hmm...
Torsten.
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Re: MSA20 and LTO Ultrium 4 1X8 Changer

Check with http://www.hp.com/go/ebs but I think this will not work. Most likely you can see the tape only, but not the changer.

Hope this helps!
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David Heiert
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Re: MSA20 and LTO Ultrium 4 1X8 Changer

Thanks for the responses. The LSI controller can see the MSA and reports it at boot, but I have no way to talk to it inside of Windows that I can see.
Torsten.
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Re: MSA20 and LTO Ultrium 4 1X8 Changer

The MSA20 *must* be connected to the 640x controller.

Hope this helps!
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Ganz
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Re: MSA20 and LTO Ultrium 4 1X8 Changer

Normally the autoloaders require to be connected to a controller with lun scanning feature available. This is because the first drive and robot share the same SCSI ID but different LUN ID (default settings). So a smart array card is really not a good option.

For list of HBA's compatible with the server visit ::
www.hp.com/go/connect

To verify if the same HBA is compatible with the backup environment refer to ::
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/ebs/pdf/EBSMatrix-0909.pdf

David Heiert
Advisor

Re: MSA20 and LTO Ultrium 4 1X8 Changer

Well, that kinda sucks... The tape drive will not work with the 64XX controller at all?