Jun 13

HP, IBM, Oracle, Quantum and Tandberg Ultrium Generation 6 (LTO-6) Drive Configuration Information for IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Server

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Support information about the following drives is detailed in the sections below.

HP Ultrium 6650 HP Ultrium 6250 IBM TS2360 IBM TS2260 IBM TS1060 IBM Half-High LTO Gen 6 SAS Tape Drive Oracle StorageTek HPLTO6 Oracle StorageTek IBMLTO6 Quantum LTO6 HH SAS Tandberg LTO-6
Required Tivoli Storage Manager versions: Support for these LTO-6 drives is available with the following IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Server versions. Version Release 6.2 – requires Tivoli Storage Manager version 6.2.5 or subsequent maintenance release Version Release 6.3 – requires Tivoli Storage Manager version 6.3.3 or subsequent maintenance releases
Defining a device class:
When defining a device class for an Ultrium 6 drive, use the following values. DEVType=LTO FORMAT=< DRIVE | ULTRIUM6 | ULTRIUM6C | ULTRIUM5 | ULTRIUM5C > DRIVE – The server selects the highest format that is supported by the drive on which a volume is mounted.

ULTRIUM6 – Specifies that Tivoli Storage Manager writes data that uses the ULTRIUM6 recording format. Only Ultrium 6 media can be written to with the ULTRIUM6 format. The capacity of an Ultrium 6 cartridge when the ULTRIUM6 format is used is 2.5 TB.

ULTRIUM6C – Specifies that Tivoli Storage Manager writes data that uses the ULTRIUM6 recording format with compression. Only Ultrium 6 media can be written to with the ULTRIUM6C format. The average capacity of an Ultrium 6 cartridge when the ULTRIUM6C format is used is 6.25 TB.

ULTRIUM5 – Specifies that Tivoli Storage Manager writes data that uses the ULTRIUM5 recording format. Only Ultrium 5 media can be written to with the ULTRIUM5 format. The capacity of an Ultrium 5 cartridge when the ULTRIUM5 format is used is 1.5 TB.

ULTRIUM5C – Specifies that Tivoli Storage Manager writes data that uses the ULTRIUM5 recording format with compression. Only Ultrium 5 media can be written to with the ULTRIUM5C format. The average capacity of an Ultrium 5 cartridge when the ULTRIUM5C format is used is 3 TB.

Examples: DEFine DEVClass devclass_name LIBRary=library_name DEVType=LTOFORMAT=ULTRIUM6 DEFine DEVClass devclass_name LIBRary=library_name DEVType=LTOFORMAT=ULTRIUM6C
Administration Center support: Administration Center support for LTO-6 drives is not available with Tivoli Storage Manager Server version 6.2.5 or 6.3.3. Use the Tivoli Storage Manager Server command line to define LTO-6 drives.
Encryption support: Application Managed Encryption is supported by Tivoli Storage Manager if it is supported by the drive. Check with your hardware vendor to determine whether AME is supported by hardware.
Supported media:
Tivoli Storage Manager Server supports the following media for LTO-6 drives: Ultrium 4 – 800GB Read-Write data cartridge Ultrium 4 – 800GB WORM data cartridge Ultrium 5 – 1.5 TB Read-Write data cartridge Ultrium 5 – 1.5 TB WORM data cartridge Ultrium 6 – 2.5 TB Read-Write data cartridge Ultrium 6 – 2.5 TB WORM data cartridge

Restrictions on WORM media: Pre-labeled WORM media are not allowed. WORM media are not compatible with encryption.
Mixed generation considerations: Ultrium generation 6 drives can read and write to Ultrium generation 6 and generation 5 media, but can only read Ultrium generation 4 media. In a library with an Ultrium generation 6 drive, all Ultrium generation 4 scratch volumes need to be checked out, and all Ultrium generation 4 storage pool volumes need to be updated to read-only.

In a library in which mixed media is not supported by the Tivoli Storage Manager Server, all scratch volumes and volumes with readwrite access must be readable and writable by all drives. If all drives are Ultrium generation 6, readwrite media can be Ultrium generation 5 and generation 6. If Ultrium generation 6 drives are mixed with Ultrium generation 5 drives, all readwrite media must be generation 5.

This is because Ultrium generation 5 drives cannot read or write to Ultrium generation 6 media.

Logical Block Protection: Logical Block Protection is supported by LTO 6 drives. Please see the following tech note for more information on how to use Logical Block Protection and supported drives and firmware versions: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21568108
Additional information on Logical Block Protection is available from the Tivoli Storage Manager info center: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/tsminfo/v6r4/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.itsm.srv.doc%2Ft_lbp.html

Device Specific Notes:
Supported Device identifications and firmware levels:
HP StoreEver Ultrium 6650 FC Drive ID: HP Ultrium 6-SCSI Firmware: J29D (validated with TSM 6.2.5, 6.3.3 and 6.3.4)
HP StoreEver Ultrium 6650 SAS Drive ID: HP Ultrium 6-SCSI Firmware: 329D (validated with TSM 6.2.5, 6.3.3 and 6.3.4)
HP StoreEver Ultrium 6250 SAS Drive ID: HP Ultrium 6-SCSI Firmware: O2AD (validated with TSM 6.2.5, 6.3.3 and 6.3.4)
IBM Full Height Drive TS2360 Drive ID: IBM ULT3580-TD6 (validated with TSM 6.2.5 and 6.3.3)
IBM Full Height Drive TS1060 Drive ID: IBM ULT3580-TD6 (validated with TSM 6.2.5 and 6.3.3)
IBM Half Height Drive TS2260 Drive ID: IBM ULT3580-HH6 (validated with TSM 6.2.5 and 6.3.3)
IBM Half-High LTO Gen 6 SAS Tape Drive Drive ID: IBM HH LTO Gen 6 Firmware: C9T5 (validated with TSM 6.2.5, 6.3.3, and 6.3.4)
Oracle StorageTek HPLTO6 Drive ID: HP Ultrium 6-SCSI Firmware: J2AS (validated with TSM 6.3.4)
Oracle StorageTek IBMLTO6 Drive ID: IBM ULTRIUM-TD6 Firmware: C9T4 (validated with TSM 6.3.4)
Quantum LTO6 HH SAS Drive ID: QUANTUM ULTRIUM 6 Firmware: 4071 (validated with TSM 6.2.5 and 6.3.4)
Tandberg LTO6 HH FC Drive ID: TANDBERG LTO-6 HH Firmware: 2249 (validated with TSM 6.2.5 and 6.3.4)
Tandberg LTO6 HH SAS Drive ID: TANDBERG LTO-6 HH Firmware: 3249 (validated with TSM 6.2.5 and 6.3.4)
Device Driver: The IBM device driver is required for IBM Ultrium 6 drives. IBM device drivers are available at IBM Fix Central. Choose the following options from the drop-down menus. Product Group -> System Storage System Storage -> Tape systems Tape systems -> Tape drivers and software Tape drivers and software -> Tape device drivers Platform -> select the platform for the device driver that you are looking for.

Related APARs:
Supported platforms:
See “Supported Devices for AIX, HP-UX, Solaris and Windows” or “Supported Devices for Linux” for minimum supported version levels and platforms for these devices. For LTO-6 drives with SAS interface, see Technote 1396706 for supported platforms.

written by Bosse