Tape Screen

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Figure 29 - Platform Tape Screen

The tape drive screen has three sections allowing administrators full control of LTO Tape operations from one screen.

Tape Drives – This grid shows all of the tape drives connect to the Platform Network and their current status.

Tape Catalog – Lists one entry for each tape that has been used or imported into the Platform System.

Tape Library Slots – Lists one entry for each slot in each tape library connected to the Platform Network.

Tape Drives

The Tape Drives information grid allows operators to see the current status of tape drives and perform various requests to tape drives. Both individual and library tape drives will be displayed in this list. This grid refreshes every 2 seconds.

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The Tape Drives Information Grid Columns

The tape drive information grid provides the current status of all supported tape drives connected to the Platform System which refreshes frequently.

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Tape Drive Status’

The following Status indicators can be listed for each of the tape drives in the system. Status’ are broken down between active (tape drive is moving), and inactive.

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Tape Cartridge Status’

The following tape cartridge status are available in the Platform System:

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Right-Click Options for Tape Drives

The following Right-Click options are available for administrators that have ‘Admin’ feature permission to the Tape Screen:

Format – The format command causes all existing information on a tape to be erased and the tape specific format (LTFS or tar) is established.

Eject –

For standalone drives, this option causes the tape drive to release the current tape so that the operator may extract it. This option will only appear if there is a tape loaded into the drive and the unit is not active.

For tape automation drives (tape libraries), this option causes the tape library to return the current tape to the slot that it was previously positioned in. If there is another tape in that slot, the system will produce and error message and the operator can use the ‘Move’ command to move the tape to another slot.

Sync Catalog / Import Tape – When a tape is inserted in the system, if the tape is a ProMAX tar, Cache-A tar, or another LTFS tape, the system will show the error message ‘Must Sync Tape’. This means the inserted tape is not in the Platform Catalog and must be imported (synced) before it can be used. The Sync Catalog option will submit a task to the task service to perform the sync operation. After the tape has been synced, the operator can search the tape results in the catalog.

Search Tape – This is the same option described below under the Tape Catalog grid allowing the operator to inquiry on the contents of the tape.

Tasks – When selecting this option, the Platform will redirect to the Task Screen and show the user jobs for the current tape drive.

Stop – If a tape job is running (Backup, Archive, or Restore), the operator has the option of requesting the job to stop. This command will stop the job before it is completed if possible. The job will not complete and the job status will result in a warning or an error. The operator should be aware that issuing a stop command will not immediately cancel the job. The tape system must clean up the work it is doing and therefore a stop command can take many minutes before the job is canceled.

Recover – This option only appears of the tape status is marked as Suspect. A tape marked Suspect indicates there was an unrecoverable write error during a write operation. The Recover operation is a low level attempt to pull files from the tape and should be used only as a last resort to recovery data from a tape cartridge.

Tape Catalog

The tape catalog grid shows information all of the tape cartridges (a catalog of tapes) that have been imported or used in any tape drive connected to the Platform System. Each time a new tape is formatted or imported, the tape cartridge information is captured and stored.

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Tape Catalog Information Grid

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Tape Catalog Search Filter

Above the tape catalog grid is a search filter that allows the user to easily find tape catalogs by name.

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By typing in part of a tape label, the system will search for all tapes that contain the filter criteria.