Ok, I am playing around with the virtual tape on our system -
I need to load the image catalog to the virtual tape device.
I think I understand how this works.
Will experiment a little more.
Hints and tips are appreciated.

Thanks again Rob.

Paul Therrien
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Sent: Friday, April 27, 2012 12:41 PM
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Subject: RE: Old Ultrium 2 tape but Ultrium 5 drive - on a power 7 - need help with reading the tape

That's sounds promising.
I have not worked with virtual tape.

The steps in the IBM manual show:
1 .CRTDEVTAP DEVD(TAPVRT01) RSRCNAME(*VRT) 2. VRYCFG CFGOBJ(TAPVRT01) CFGTYPE(*DEV) STATUS(*ON) 3. CRTIMGCLG IMGCLG(MYCATALOG) DIR('/MYCATALOGDIRECTORY') TYPE(*TAP)(Create an empty tape catalog) 4. ADDIMGCLGE IMGCLG(MYCATALOG) FROMFILE(*NEW) TOFILE
MYIMAGEFILE) IMGSIZ(2000) (Add 1 new tape volume with a size of 2GB)

Do we then DUPTAP from the physical device to the virtual device?
And then from the virtual device to new LT04 physical device?

Thanks


Paul Therrien


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Subject: Re: Old Ultrium 2 tape but Ultrium 5 drive - on a power 7 - need help with reading the tape

Go back to company 1. Ask them not to restore, but instead DUPTAP to virtual tape. Then DUPTAP back to LTO4. Send him some step-by-step instructions on how to do so and offer him a case of beer for his troubles.


Rob Berendt
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From: Paul Therrien <ptherrien@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx" <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Date: 04/27/2012 01:12 PM
Subject: Old Ultrium 2 tape but Ultrium 5 drive - on a power 7 -
need help with reading the tape
Sent by: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx



We just upgrade hardware from a power 6 to a power 7. In the process we moved from an Ultrium 2 and Ultrium 4 tape drives to an Ultrium 5 tape drive.
We ensured that all of our critical data was available on Ultrium 4 tapes and that we would lose nothing when we got rid of the Ultrium 2 drive.

....You can see what's coming....

An old Ultrium 2 tape has surfaced that we absolutely need to read, but we no longer have the hardware to read it.
The tape is a save tape from V6R1. We attempted to restore it at another company who has an Ultrium 4 drive , however they are at V5R4 - we were unable to restore the data to a prior release.
We found another company that has V6R1 and Ultrium 4, but they are unable to help us as they say we will mess up their BRMS system (I do not understand this, they are willing to help but they say restoring a tape that is not part of their catalogue will mess them up) So we thanked them and moved on. We are getting ready to ship our tape out to be processed by IBM.

So I am just looking for some feedback from the list.

Amy help is appreciated.

Paul Therrien

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