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MSL5060 Master/Slave config

Shaun_23
Occasional Contributor

MSL5060 Master/Slave config

Hello All, please can anyone help with config of a master/slave MSL5060?

The Requirement:
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1) Dataprotector must be able to manage all 6 tape drives through the robotic arm from any Unix server

The Problem
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1) The robotic mechanism and the MSL only sees the first 4 drives.
2) All servers see the 6 tape drives directly
3) But the remote control through the robotics is limited to 4 tape drives

4) We have configured the 2 MSL5060's in Master/Slave mode
5) We have correct firmware in the MSL Version 4.04
6) We have cabled it in various ways
7) mc -p /dev/rac/c10t0d0 -r MIDS (shows the drives and the slots in the library)
8) I am sure we are configuring something wrong on these units. Either the FC router or cabling the ports wrong.

If we do NOT see 6 drives through Autochanger Mechanism - I cannot load a tape into drive from Omniback
I tried - Does not work.
Although ioscan sees all 6 drives
1 REPLY
David Ruska
Honored Contributor

Re: MSL5060 Master/Slave config


> 4) We have configured the 2 MSL5060's in Master/Slave mode
> 5) We have correct firmware in the MSL Version 4.04

Although the configuration guide says to update to 4.04, that was written in 2002, when 4.04 was the current revision.

There are a number of important fixes in newer firmware, some of which affect Master/Slaves.

I would recommend you update to 4.23 firmware, and see if the issues go away.

Do not update to 4.08 as in intermediate release, as you may not be able to update to other revisions unless you disconnect the master/slaves.

To update firmware, use HP Library & Tape Tools (www.hp.com/support/tapetools).
The journey IS the reward.