Implementing IBM Tape in UNIX Systems

An IBM Redbooks publication

Note: This is publication is now archived. For reference only.

Published 16 October 2007, updated 06 July 2011

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ISBN-10: 0738488925
ISBN-13: 9780738488929
IBM Form #: SG24-6502-04
(294 pages)

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Authors: Babette Haeusser, Ingo Dimmer, Alv Jon Hovda, Jana Jamsek, Ricardo Alan Silva, Erwin Zwemmer


This IBM Redbooks publication follows The IBM TotalStorage Tape Libraries Guide for Open Systems, SG24-5946, and will help you plan, install, and configure IBM Ultrium LTO tape drives, as well as the TS1120 Tape Drive and libraries in UNIX environments. The book focuses on the setup and customization of these drives and libraries in both direct-attached SCSI and SAN configurations for the AIX, Solaris, and HP-UX operating systems.

In the first part of the book, we describe how to attach and configure the drives and libraries, and covers basic installation and administration. We also describe the sharing and partitioning of libraries and explain the concept and usage of the Advanced Library Management System (ALMS).

In the second part, we document how to use these products with popular data backup applications such as IBM Tivoli Storage Manager.

This book will help IBM personnel, Business Partners, and customers to better understand and implement the IBM Ultrium LTO product line, and also the TS1120 Tape Drive in UNIX environments.

We assume that the reader is familiar with tape drives and libraries, and understands basic SAN concepts and technologies.

Table of contents

Part 1. Setting up IBM Open Systems tape in UNIX
Chapter 1. Introduction to IBM Open System Tape
Chapter 2. IBM Open Systems Tape Library sharing and partitioning
Chapter 3. Basic IBM Open Systems tape setup for UNIX systems
Chapter 4. SAN considerations
Part 2. IBM Open Systems Tape libraries and backup software
Chapter 5. Implementing IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
Chapter 6. Implementing other backup software with IBM Open System Tape
Part 3. Appendices
Appendix A. SNMP setup
Appendix B. LTO tips and troubleshooting

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