How to determine which tape drives are configured under SAM-FS?

This article provides a brief outline of how to determine which tape libraries and tape drives are configured under SAM-FS. All configured devices can be found the in Master Configuration File (/etc/opt/SUNWsamfs/mcf). This article does not discuss the in's & out's of the mcf file, it provides the basic knowledge to be able to extract the library/drive configuration.

Example of an mcf file containing tape devices:

SAM-FS mcf

From the above example we are able to determine via the Equipment Type (EqTp) field, that the SAM-FS configuration includes the following tape libraries/drives:

  • 1x Generic SCSI Library (rb) with 2x generic (tp) tape drives.
  • 1x StorageTek 97xx series (s9) with 2x StorageTek 9840 (sg) tape drives.
  • 1x Library attached via StorageTek ACSLS interface with 5x StorageTek 9840 (sg) tape drives.

The remainder of this document provides a list of the common tape library and tape drive equipment types supported under SAM-FS.

SCSI Attached Libraries

EqTypDescription
rb Generic SCSI library that is automatically configured by Sun SAM-FS or SAM-QFS software.

NOTE: An rb definition is preferred for all SCSI-attached libraries. The remainder of the library definitions in this list are supported but are not recommended for use in an mcf file. If a library in this list is defined in the mcf file as rb, Sun SAM-FS and SAM-QFS set the appropriate type based on the SCSI vendor code.
ad ADIC Scalar 448 libraries.
ae ADIC Scalar 100 libraries.
al Sun StorEdge L25 and L100 and ATL M1500 and M2500 libraries.
as ADIC Scalar 1000 and Scalar 10K libraries.
a1 Ampex ACL libraries.
a2 Ampex DST810 libraries.
a3 Ampex DST914 libraries.
q8 Qualstar 42xx, 62xx and 82xx series libraries
ov Overland Data Inc. Neo Series Tape Libraries.
ac ATL Products 4/52, 2640, 7100, and P-series tape libraries, and Sun 1800, 3500, L1000 and L11000 tape libraries.
cy Cygnet optical disk libraries.
ds DocuStore and Plasmon optical disk libraries.
eb Exabyte 210, Sun L280, and ATL Products L-series tape libraries.
e8 Exabyte X80 libraries.
hc HP L9/L20/L60 series
hp Hewlett Packard optical disk libraries.
ic IBM 3570 media changer.
me Metrum and Mountain Gate libraries.
pd Plasmon D-Series DVD-RAM libraries.
ml Quantum DLTx700 tape libraries.
dm Sony DMF and DMS libraries.
sl Spectra Logic and Qualstar tape libraries.
s9 StorageTek 97xx series libraries.
sn StorageTek L20, L40, and L80 tape libraries and Sun StorEdge L7 and L8 autoloaders.
il IBM 3584 tape libraries.

Network Attached Libraries

EqTypDescription
gr ADIC/GRAU Network-attached library. The Equipment Identifier field must contain the path to the parameters file for the grauaci interface. For more information, see the grauaci(7) man page.
fj Fujitsu LMF library. The Equipment Identifier field must contain the path to the parameters file for the fujitsulmf interface. For more information, see the fujitsulmf(7) man page.
im IBM 3494 interface. The Equipment Identifier field must contain the path to the parameters file for the ibm3494 interface. For more information, see the ibm3494(7) man page.
pe Sony network-attached interface. The Equipment Identifier field must contain the path to the parameters file for the sony interface. For more information, see the sony(7) man page.
sk StorageTek ACSLS interface. The Equipment Identifier field must contain the path to the parameters file for the ACSLS interface. For more information, see the stk(7) man page.

Tape Drives

EqTypDescription
tp Generic tape drive. These tapes are automatically configured by Sun SAM-FS or SAM-QFS.

NOTE that a tp definition is preferred for all tape drives except for the Ampex DST. If you specify tp in the Equipment Type field, the Sun SAM-FS or SAM-QFS software sets the appropriate type based on the SCSI vendor code. The remainder of the definitions in this list are supported but are not recommended for use in an mcf file. This NOTE does not apply to the Ampex DST. For more information on that, see the dst(7) man page.
d2 Ampex DST tape drive.
dt DAT 4mm tape drive.
lt Digital linear tape (DLT) drive (includingSuper DLT).
xt Exabyte (850x) 8mm tape drive.
xm Exabyte Mammoth-2 8mm tape drive.
fd Fujitsu M8100 128-track tape drive.
i7 IBM 3570 tape drive.
li IBM 3580, Seagate Viper 200 and HP Ultrium (LTO).
ib IBM 3590 tape drive.
vy Metrum VHS (RSP-2150) tape drive.
at Sony AIT tape drive.
sa Sony Super AIT tape drive.
so Sony DTF tape drive.
st StorageTek 3480 tape drive.
se StorageTek 9490 tape drive.
sg StorageTek 9840 tape drive.
d3 StorageTek D3 tape drive.
sf StorageTek T9940 tape drive

Optical Disk Drives

EqTypDescription
od Generic optical disk.
o2 12 inch WORM drive.
wo 5 1/4 inch optical WORM drive.
mo 5 1/4 inch erasable optical drive
mf IBM Multi Function optical drive.