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use barcode in hp-unix

Hi admin,

we have 2 DLT8000 in tape libraries is there away to manage the tapes by the barcode from the hp-unx11. For example ???we need to have 2 tapes for backup form Saturday to Wednesday, and 5 tapes in Friday". can we do this from hp-unix by using the barcode in the tapes or there is another way to do it.

Can you please advice
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Vincent Farrugia
Honored Contributor

Re: use barcode in hp-unix

Hello,

You can do that using the mc command to insert the required tapes in the required drives. Mc uses the slot number as identification, though.

Do a man mc for details. Example, to move a tape from drive 1 to slot 5, then from slot 2 to the drive, type:

mc -s D1 -d S5 -s S2 -d D1

You can start backups this way by entering a cron job. Crontab -e to edit the cron jobs. man cron and man crontab for information.

HTH,
Vince
Tape Drives RULE!!!
David Navarro
Respected Contributor

Re: use barcode in hp-unix

Hi, Mohmmed, you can use OBII that software can read and manage tapes using bar codes.

David.
Sanjay_6
Honored Contributor

Re: use barcode in hp-unix

Hi,

The library can understand bar codes, but there is no option under hp-ux to manage the bar code. you can use backup application like Omniback or veritas net backup or something like that, that can understand and can use bar codes on the backup tapes.

Hope this helps.

Regds
Michael Tully
Honored Contributor
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Re: use barcode in hp-unix

Hi,

You can read the barcodes and move tapes
around with the 'mc' command, but it will
not manage anything for you. You will have
to manually keep track of what backup is
on what tape. You need to purchase either
omniback, veritas or legato to manage your
backup requirements totally.

HTH
-Michael
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