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Old 03-16-2012, 02:35 PM   #1
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How to find the tape drive is connected or not?


Using Redhat 5.7. I have Quantum tape drive connected to the server. I am trying to install the Netbackup software. Just wondering how can I see the Quantum tape drive is connected to the server. is any command I can run to see the tape drive is connected?

I used to work on Solaris, I used to do probe-scsi. But not sure how to do it on Linux. It's connected using fiber.

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The tape drive will more than likely be presented to the OS as two separate /dev/sd* drives. One for the active channel and one for the passive. It can also show up as /dev/st*. Either way you will need to verify the correct kernel modules are loaded. "st" is the linux kernel module that handles tape drives usually. You can verify it is loaded with modprobe or modinfo. Your best bet is going to be to use the documentation provided by the manufacturer. I have used several storage solutions for backups and they each have had their own proprietary configuration required so its hard to give you a 100% brass tacks answer. I did a quick search and found that may help you out.
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Thank you so much for your help. The PDF doc was very helpful.


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