Sharing a Tape Drive Between iSeries Partitions

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I have a need to be able to share a tape drive between partitions. I have used this functionality in the past but do not know how it was technically accomplished. in other words what cards are required in each partition and what kind of system/drive configuration needs to occur. In the past I have had a swappable connector in the primary drive. I have verified off the active drive and an operator moved the connection to the other drive. Then vary on the device it moved to and use the tape drive. Can any assist with the technical aspects of cards, cabling and configuration?

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=> either put a SCSI / FC-Card to an IOA for each partition and then dedicate a tape drive inside a shared library for each of the partitions
HW COSTS,
=> you do as you did before [manaul …]
HANDLING COSTS
=> you use BRMS to let the two partitions share one Tape-drive without giving physical drive access to the second partition …..
BRMS-LICENSING COSTS

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  • Hmonat
    It depends on your configuration, If you're running V5R1/R2 with a primary managing partition, and if you have only one IOP to control your device, You might want to look at the IBM LPAR Toolkit, It allows you move the IOP from one partition to the other. Of course the ideal solution would be to have your device "fiber attached" to a switch and have a Fiber IOP in each partition.
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  • Mltlives
    Reply 1 using iop sharing option is the most efficient....
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