• Subject: Re: 5763SS1 Option 18 "Media & Storage Extensions"
  • From: "R. Bruce Hoffman, Jr." <rbruceh@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 07:49:53 -0400


You do not *NEED* MSE to run your tape unless you want to write your own
tape library exits to do media tracking or use BRMS.

It is an optional feature in the base OS that you would order and (in my
experience) sometimes be charged for and sometimes not be charged for
(depending upon who and how the order is placed). It currently lists for
$995.

So unless you ordered it or ordered BRMS, it would not be on your
distribution material. If you placed an order for BRMS and did not get
the MSE, your order was wrong and you should be able to get it corrected
free of charge.

Larry Bolhuis wrote:
> 
> Jeff,
> >From the AS/400 Handbook:
> 
>  Media and Storage Extensions (#2619)
> 
>  This prerequisite feature for using the Backup Recovery and Media 
>Services/400
> (BRMS/400) (5769-BR1). It is also required for developing Hierarchical Storage
> Management (HSM) dynamic retrieval functions. APIs provide for using or 
>building
> applications to manage tape usage and the recall of data from offline media to
> DASD.
> 
>  For software developers who want to customize their own storage management
> applications, Media and Storage Extensions provides an API that enables
> application monitoring and control of media usage, including volumes to be
> selected and volume expiration dates. The API also enables fast search for IBM
> 3480, 3490, 3490E, and 3575 tape drives.
> 
>  An API is also provided to handle the interruption that occurs when an
> application tries to open a database file that has been migrated to off-line
> media. The API enables on-demand recall of a database file from off-line 
>media to
> DASD and resumption of the application without requiring changes to the
> application.
> 
> HTH - Larry
> 
> <snip>
> > In a PTF cover letter, it suggests installing 5763SS1 Option 18 "Media &
> > Storage Extensions".  I tried to do just that, but it isn't on our V3R2
> > tape.  But it _does_ show up when I take option 11 (Install Licensed
> > Program) from the LICPGM menu.  I can't find any info in the softcopy
> > library, nor can I find any info on the IBM AS/400 web site, unless I
> > just don't know where to look.
> >
> > Does anyone know what this licensed program will do for me?  Or where to
> > find out what it is?
> >
> --
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 -- IBM Certified AS/400 Professional Network Administrator

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