The Question is:
This AlphaServer 1000A has a built-in TLZ09 tape unit. We are currently running
OpenVMS 6.4 and the tape unit works fine. Will I need a patch to maintain its
operation when we upgrade to VMS 7.2??? I can only find NT type drivers and
updates, and (1)TLZ10
patch. Thanks, Mike
The Answer is :
The only time that an OpenVMS upgrade will require you to acquire a new
device driver for an existing and supported widget is when there is a bug
in OpenVMS. While these bugs can and do arise, it is not the norm.
In this case, you will not need a specific OpenVMS device driver for
this SCSI device.
That said, you will want to acquire and install any mandatory ECO kits
that are available for the target OpenVMS release. In this case, the
ECO kits for OpenVMS Alpha V7.2-1 (or later) -- you will want to move
directly to V7.2-1 or later, and not to V7.2.
Details on searching for mandatory ECO kits and on acquiring ECO kits
are included in the OpenVMS FAQ.
You will also want to check the individual device revisions with your
hardware service organization, as devices such as the TLZ09 contain
firmware -- in this case, you will want to ensure TLZ09 device firmware
3A5 (and TLZ9L device firmware A035) is loaded. There is/was a firmware
upgrade kit available for older-revision TLZ09 devices: QZ-00LAC-UP.
Note: there is no OpenVMS release known as "V6.4".