The Question is:
We are swapping an exabyte 8505 8mm tape drive with an exabyte 8900 8mm tape
drive. The system see's the new drive but does not respond to backup commands.
Is their any new backup software that must be installed on the system for the
exabyte 8900 tape dri
ve to work?
The Answer is :
Please see the OpenVMS FAQ for general information and an introduction
to some of the considerations of configuring and using third-party SCSI
As mentioned in the introduction and elsewhere in the Ask The Wizard
area, the OpenVMS Wizard is often not familiar with and is usually not
in a position to support third-party storage devices. You will want
to discuss configuration and support with the storage vendor.
OpenVMS strives to comply with the applicable standards and the defacto
behaviours of SCSI and SCSI devices. SCSI itself is, however, less of
a standard and more a collection of optionally implemented and sometimes
even mis-implemented features.
If you wish to use third-party SCSI devices on OpenVMS, the OpenVMS
Wizard strongly encourages you upgrade to OpenVMS Alpha V7.1-2 or to
a later OpenVMS release and particularly to a later OpenVMS release
with current support or prior version support available -- the FAQ
has some details in this area. The OpenVMS Wizard also encourages
you to apply the available mandatory ECO kits for the particular
OpenVMS release in use. Again, please see the FAQ for pointers to
the installation ratings search engine for ECO kits. And -- as
discussed in the OpenVMS FAQ -- you or your support organization will
be responsible for the device integration and testing, and for any
on-going device support associated with the third-party device.