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Displaying information about nonqualified tape drives

To use a nonqualified tape drive, you must first determine whether it emulates any of the qualified tape drives.

About this task

You can use a nonqualified tape drive (one that is not on the list of qualified tape drives) on a storage system if it can emulate a qualified tape drive. It is then treated as though it were a qualified tape drive.

Steps

  1. If the storage system has accessed the tape drive through the dump or mt command, go directly to Step 3. If the storage system has not accessed the tape drive through the dump or mt command, go to Step 2.
  2. To access the tape drive, enter the following command:
    mt -f device status

    device is any device that contains the tape drive number that you think is assigned to the tape drive.

    Example

    mt -f nrst1a status

  3. Enter the following command:
    sysconfig -t

    If the storage system has registered a tape drive as emulating a qualified tape drive, it displays a message similar to the following:

    Tape drive (6.5) DLT9000 emulates Digital DLT7000.

    If the storage system has not registered a tape drive as emulating a qualified tape drive, it displays a message similar to the following:

    Tape drive (6.5) DLTXXXX (Non-qualified tape drive)