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How to share SL8500 tape library among two Master servers.

Created: 16 Apr 2013 • Updated: 19 Apr 2013 | 7 comments
Bshet's picture
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Hi All,

We have SL8500 tape library utilised by NBU Domain (7.1) and we want to add one more NBU domain (7.5) and utilise same library.

However we wont be sharing the drives and media between two domains by adding new drives/media for new NBU domain.

We would like to know the ways we can configure the library so that media of different domains are not visible to each other.

Does anybody has solution for this ?



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RLeon's picture

You can use the Partitioning feature of the tape library. Please find the full details of this feature in the SL8500 user's guide.

Marianne's picture

Controlled by ACSLS?

If so, you can create volume pools in ACSLS and add INVENTORY_FILTER in vm.conf.

Detailed info in Device Config Guide:

ACSLS documentation covers media ownership.

Supporting Storage Foundation and VCS on Unix and Windows as well as NetBackup on Unix and Windows
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Nicolai's picture

Or use ACSLS Volume Access Control feature (no partitioning required). I have shared 2 SL8500 across 5 NBU domain for years using this feature.  Volume access control will filter inventory request  from Netbackup domain allowing them to see their own media's only.

Assumption is the mother of all mess ups.

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Remco Etten's picture

@Nicolai and Bshet,

Next to setting up volume acces control on Acsls, make sure that you also enable the watch_vols utiltiy. This feature will enables you to assign userID (amongst other things) directly upon entering in the library.

Make sure that statistics are turned on in acsss_config prior to enabling acces control.

Hope this helps,

Nicolai's picture

Remco - You are right about watch_vol but that is also mentioned in step 5 from the link i provided.

Assumption is the mother of all mess ups.

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Bshet's picture

Hi All,

Thanks for all the information. We are looking into the volume access control feature of ACSLS to share the library.


Thanks for the link its very useful.