LTO 3580 Tape drive on AIX 4.3.3 ML8 - Aix

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  1. LTO 3580 Tape drive on AIX 4.3.3 ML8

    Has anybody been successful in attaching a Ultrium3 3580 tape drive to
    AIX 4.3.3?

    We are running on a 7026-M80 running AIX 4.3.3 ML8 (yeah, I know,
    upgrade to 5.2 at least, but that's not possible now).

    I attached the tape drive to an available scsi port on the m80, then
    allowed our weekly reboot to auto-config the device, which it seemed to
    do.

    However, I couldn't write anything to the drive and received tape
    errors (shown below).

    Also, I ended up having SCSI errors on that bus shortly after attaching
    the tape drive. IBM was out and diags reported problems with the tape.
    After removing the tape drive totally from the system, the 2 hdd
    attached to the other scsi port are now fine (they are out of sync with
    their associated logical drives but that's another issue).

    We also have a " IBM Magstar MP Tape Subsystem" on the system as well
    which uses the atape drivers so I don't want to do anything that may
    screw up this tape drive, since we use the magstar to do daily backups
    of our informix database.

    So, has anybody had any luck with this type of situation? Of course as
    usual the IBM documentation is a real BIT*H to read and understand
    especially when you're not a hardware expert...


    LABEL: TAPE_ERR2
    IDENTIFIER: 476B351D

    Date/Time: Fri Dec 8 11:48:33
    Sequence Number: 502702
    Machine Id: 0008F5AF4C00
    Node Id: East_Server
    Class: H
    Type: PERM
    Resource Name: rmt2
    Resource Class: tape
    Resource Type: ost
    Location: 1A-09-00-6,0
    VPD:
    Manufacturer................IBM
    Machine Type and Model......ULT3580-TD3
    Serial Number...............
    Device Specific.(Z3)........0000

    Description
    TAPE DRIVE FAILURE

    Probable Causes
    TAPE DRIVE

    Failure Causes
    TAPE
    TAPE DRIVE

    Recommended Actions
    PERFORM PROBLEM DETERMINATION PROCEDURES

    Detail Data
    SENSE DATA
    0606 0000 0100 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0102 0000 7000 0400 0000 0058
    0000 0000
    4400 3300 6000 0000 0002 2020 2020 2020 2000 0000 0000 0600 0000 0006
    8101 3000
    0000 0000 0200 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
    0000 0000
    0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 3634 4430 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
    0000 0000
    0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000


  2. Re: LTO 3580 Tape drive on AIX 4.3.3 ML8


    old-racefan wrote:
    > Has anybody been successful in attaching a Ultrium3 3580 tape drive to
    > AIX 4.3.3?
    >
    > We are running on a 7026-M80 running AIX 4.3.3 ML8 (yeah, I know,
    > upgrade to 5.2 at least, but that's not possible now).
    >
    > I attached the tape drive to an available scsi port on the m80, then
    > allowed our weekly reboot to auto-config the device, which it seemed to
    > do.
    >
    > However, I couldn't write anything to the drive and received tape
    > errors (shown below).
    >
    > Also, I ended up having SCSI errors on that bus shortly after attaching
    > the tape drive. IBM was out and diags reported problems with the tape.
    > After removing the tape drive totally from the system, the 2 hdd
    > attached to the other scsi port are now fine (they are out of sync with
    > their associated logical drives but that's another issue).
    >
    > We also have a " IBM Magstar MP Tape Subsystem" on the system as well
    > which uses the atape drivers so I don't want to do anything that may
    > screw up this tape drive, since we use the magstar to do daily backups
    > of our informix database.
    >
    > So, has anybody had any luck with this type of situation? Of course as
    > usual the IBM documentation is a real BIT*H to read and understand
    > especially when you're not a hardware expert...
    >
    >
    > LABEL: TAPE_ERR2
    > IDENTIFIER: 476B351D
    >
    > Date/Time: Fri Dec 8 11:48:33
    > Sequence Number: 502702
    > Machine Id: 0008F5AF4C00
    > Node Id: East_Server
    > Class: H
    > Type: PERM
    > Resource Name: rmt2
    > Resource Class: tape
    > Resource Type: ost
    > Location: 1A-09-00-6,0
    > VPD:
    > Manufacturer................IBM
    > Machine Type and Model......ULT3580-TD3
    > Serial Number...............
    > Device Specific.(Z3)........0000
    >
    > Description
    > TAPE DRIVE FAILURE
    >
    > Probable Causes
    > TAPE DRIVE
    >
    > Failure Causes
    > TAPE
    > TAPE DRIVE
    >
    > Recommended Actions
    > PERFORM PROBLEM DETERMINATION PROCEDURES
    >
    > Detail Data
    > SENSE DATA
    > 0606 0000 0100 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0102 0000 7000 0400 0000 0058
    > 0000 0000
    > 4400 3300 6000 0000 0002 2020 2020 2020 2000 0000 0000 0600 0000 0006
    > 8101 3000
    > 0000 0000 0200 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
    > 0000 0000
    > 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 3634 4430 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
    > 0000 0000
    > 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000


    Microcode/firmware up to date?
    check here:

    http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp...1&mtm=7026-M80


  3. Re: LTO 3580 Tape drive on AIX 4.3.3 ML8


    >
    > Microcode/firmware up to date?
    > check here:
    >
    > http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp...1&mtm=7026-M80


    Firmware of 7026 looks to be ok:

    # lscfg -vp | grep -F .MM
    ROM Level.(alterable).......MM010507

    based on this from the web:

    (http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp...=7026M80F.html)

    Use the following AIX command for checking the firmware level.

    Enter:
    lscfg -vp | grep -F .MM

    This command will produce a system configuration report similar to the
    following.

    ROM Level.(alterable).......MM030829The ROM Level line lists the
    level of the currently installed firmware. In the above example, the
    current firmware level is MM030829.
    If the right-most six characters (date) of firmware level is earlier
    than 060505, you should consider installing the update.


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