Q80™ Tape Library
Installation and Operations Manual
Document No. 511013 Rev. 01
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Contacting Qualstar
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Qualstar Corporation
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Tel:
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Q80 Tape Library Installation and Operations Manual Product warranty caution
The Q80 Tape Library contains no user-serviceable components. Only an authorized service center should
carry out any servicing or repairs. The warranty for the tape library shall not apply to failures of any unit
when:

Any of the tape library components is repaired or modified by anyone other than Qualstar’s
personnel or approved agent. Note: Certain components of the Q80 Tape Library, are identified in
this manual as ‘field replaceable’. These include the power supply, tape drives, library controller and
magazines. User replacement of such complete components with corresponding parts supplied by
Qualstar does not affect warranty, provided the user strictly adheres to the instructions herein.

The tape library is physically abused, or used in a manner that is inconsistent with the operating
instructions or product specification defined by Qualstar.

The tape library fails because of accident, misuse, abuse, neglect, mishandling, misapplication,
alteration, faulty installation, modification, or service by anyone other than the factory service center
or its approved agent.

The tape library is repaired by anyone, including an approved agent, in a manner that is contrary to
the maintenance or installation instructions supplied by Qualstar.

The manufacturer's serial number tag is removed.

The tape library is damaged because of improper packaging on return.
In case of unauthorized repairs or modifications, your warranty becomes immediately void.
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Q80 Tape Library Installation and Operations Manual Contents
1 Product Overview ......................................................................................................................3 1.1 Supported Tape Drives ...................................................................................................................... 4 1.2 Front Panel ......................................................................................................................................... 5 1.3 Rear Panel ......................................................................................................................................... 6 1.4 Tape Drive Back Panels..................................................................................................................... 7 1.4.1 IBM LTO-6 HH SAS ....................................................................................................................... 7 1.4.2 IBM LTO-6 HH FC .......................................................................................................................... 7 1.5 2 Power Supply Rear Panel LEDs ........................................................................................................ 8 Installing the Library .................................................................................................................8 2.1 Planning Installation ........................................................................................................................... 8 2.2 Location Requirements ...................................................................................................................... 8 2.3 SAS Configuration Requirements ...................................................................................................... 9 2.4 Fibre Channel Configuration Requirements..................................................................................... 10 2.5 Planning Module and Rack Layout .................................................................................................. 10 2.6 Supported Library Configurations .................................................................................................... 10 2.7 Host Preparation .............................................................................................................................. 13 2.8 Installation Precautions .................................................................................................................... 13 2.9 Unpacking Base Library and Expansion Modules ........................................................................... 14 2.10 Identifying Library Components ....................................................................................................... 15 2.11 Preparing Top and Bottom Modules in a multi module system ....................................................... 16 2.12 Installing Modules in a Rack ............................................................................................................ 18 2.13 Aligning and Connecting Modules.................................................................................................... 20 2.14 Installing Tape Drives ....................................................................................................................... 22 2.15 Connecting Fibre Channel Cables ................................................................................................... 22 2.16 Connecting SAS Cables................................................................................................................... 22 2.17 Powering On the Library .................................................................................................................. 23 2.18 Internal IP Range Selection ............................................................................................................. 24 2.19 Using the Configuration Wizard ....................................................................................................... 25 2.20 Verifying the Host Connection.......................................................................................................... 25 2.21 Labeling and Loading Tape Cartridges ............................................................................................ 25 2.21.1 Using the Mailslot ..................................................................................................................... 25 2.21.2 Bulk Loading Magazines .......................................................................................................... 25 2.22 Verifying the Installation ................................................................................................................... 26 © Copyright QUALSTAR 2016
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Q80 Tape Library 2.23 3 Installation and Operations Manual Configuring Additional Features ....................................................................................................... 27 Tape Cartridges and Magazines.............................................................................................27 3.1 4 Tape Cartridges................................................................................................................................ 27 3.1.1 Using and Maintaining Tape Cartridges ....................................................................................... 28 3.1.2 Labeling Tape Cartridges ............................................................................................................. 28 3.1.3 Write Protecting Tape Cartridges ................................................................................................. 29 3.1.4 Read and Write Compatibility....................................................................................................... 30 Operating the Library ..............................................................................................................31 4.1 Using the OCP ................................................................................................................................. 31 4.2 Using the RMI................................................................................................................................... 31 4.3 Logging into the Library.................................................................................................................... 32 4.4 Using the Library Main Screen ......................................................................................................... 33 4.4.1 Top Banner Elements .................................................................................................................. 33 4.4.2 Left Pane Elements ...................................................................................................................... 34 4.4.3 Center Pane Elements ................................................................................................................. 35 4.5 Configuring the Library ..................................................................................................................... 35 4.5.1 Using the Initial Configuration Wizard .......................................................................................... 35 4.5.2 Saving, Restoring and Resetting the Library Configuration ......................................................... 35 4.5.3 Configuring the Date and Time Format ........................................................................................ 37 4.5.4 Configuring Media Barcode Compatibility Checking .................................................................... 39 4.5.5 Configuring the Library Network Settings .................................................................................... 39 4.5.6 Configuring SNMP ....................................................................................................................... 40 4.5.7 Configuring Event Notification Parameters .................................................................................. 42 4.5.8 Configuring Tape Drives .............................................................................................................. 43 4.5.9 Enabling or Disabling Mailslots .................................................................................................... 45 4.6 Element Numbering ......................................................................................................................... 45 4.6.1 Configuring Library Partitions ....................................................................................................... 46 4.6.2 Configuring Passwords for User Accounts .................................................................................. 50 4.6.3 Enabling SSL or SSH ................................................................................................................... 51 4.7 Maintaining the Library ..................................................................................................................... 51 4.7.1 System Test ................................................................................................................................. 51 4.7.2 Slot to Slot Test ............................................................................................................................ 52 4.7.3 Element to Element Test .............................................................................................................. 53 4.7.4 Robotic Test ................................................................................................................................. 54 4.7.5 OCP Test and 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Q80 Tape Library Installation and Operations Manual 4.7.6 Viewing Log Files ......................................................................................................................... 54 4.7.7 Managing System Firmware ........................................................................................................ 55 4.7.8 Managing Drive Firmware ............................................................................................................ 56 4.7.9 Downloading Support Tickets ...................................................................................................... 56 4.7.10 Downloading Log and Trace Files............................................................................................ 58 4.7.11 Rebooting the Library ............................................................................................................... 58 4.7.12 Controlling the UID LED ........................................................................................................... 58 4.7.13 Moving the Robotic to the Base Library Module ...................................................................... 58 4.8 Operating the Library ....................................................................................................................... 59 4.8.1 Moving Media ............................................................................................................................... 59 4.8.2 Opening the Mailslot .................................................................................................................... 60 4.8.3 Opening a Magazine .................................................................................................................... 61 4.8.4 Cleaning a Tape Drive ................................................................................................................. 61 4.8.5 Rescanning the Cartridge Inventory ............................................................................................ 62 4.8.6 Forcing a Drive to Eject a Cartridge ............................................................................................. 63 4.9 5 Viewing Status Information .............................................................................................................. 64 4.9.1 Viewing Library and Module Status.............................................................................................. 64 4.9.2 Using Inventory Lists .................................................................................................................... 66 4.9.3 Viewing Drive Status .................................................................................................................... 68 4.9.4 Viewing Network Status ............................................................................................................... 70 Upgrading and Servicing the Library ....................................................................................72 5.1 Tools Required ................................................................................................................................. 72 5.2 Identifying a Failed Component ....................................................................................................... 72 5.3 Installing or Replacing a Tape Drive ................................................................................................ 72 5.3.1 Removing a Tape Drive ............................................................................................................... 72 5.3.2 Removing a Drive Bay Cover ....................................................................................................... 74 5.3.3 Installing a Tape Drive ................................................................................................................. 74 5.3.4 Connecting the SAS Cable .......................................................................................................... 75 5.3.5 Connecting the Fibre Channel Cables ......................................................................................... 76 5.3.6 Configuring the FC Interface ........................................................................................................ 76 5.3.7 Verifying the Installation ............................................................................................................... 76 5.4 Adding an Expansion Module .......................................................................................................... 77 5.4.1 Overview ...................................................................................................................................... 77 5.4.2 Powering Off the Library .............................................................................................................. 78 5.4.3 Moving a 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Q80 Tape Library Installation and Operations Manual 5.4.4 Installing the Module in the Rack ................................................................................................. 78 5.4.5 Aligning and Connecting the Module ........................................................................................... 79 5.4.6 Connect the Power Cords ............................................................................................................ 80 5.4.7 Verifying the Installation and Configuration ................................................................................. 80 5.5 Moving the Library ............................................................................................................................ 80 5.6 Replacing a Power Supply ............................................................................................................... 81 5.6.1 Identifying the Failed Component ................................................................................................ 81 5.6.2 Preparing to Remove the Power Supply ...................................................................................... 81 5.6.3 Removing the Power Supplies ..................................................................................................... 82 5.6.4 Installing the New Power Supply.................................................................................................. 83 5.6.5 Verifying the Power Supply Installation and Operation ................................................................ 83 5.7 Replacing a Controller Board ......................................................................................................... 84 5.7.1 Identifying the Failed Component ................................................................................................ 84 5.7.2 Saving the Configuration .............................................................................................................. 84 5.7.3 Powering Off the Library ............................................................................................................ 84 5.7.4 Preparing to Remove the Controller Board .............................................................................. 84 5.7.5 Removing the Base or Expansion Module Controller .............................................................. 85 5.7.6 Installing the Base or Expansion Module Controller ................................................................ 85 5.7.7 Verifying the base or expansion module controller installation .............................................. 86 5.7.8 Powering On the Library ............................................................................................................ 87 5.8 Replacing the Chassis Fan .............................................................................................................. 87 5.8.1 Identifying the Failed Component ................................................................................................ 87 5.8.2 Removing the Chassis Fan Assembly ......................................................................................... 87 5.8.3 Installing the New Chassis Fan Assembly ................................................................................... 87 5.8.4 Verifying the Chassis Fan Assembly Installation ......................................................................... 88 5.9 Replacing a Drive Power Board ....................................................................................................... 89 5.9.1 Identifying the failed component .................................................................................................. 89 5.9.2 Powering off the library ................................................................................................................ 89 5.9.3 Preparing to remove the drive power board................................................................................. 89 5.9.4 Removing the chassis fan assembly and drive power boards ..................................................... 89 5.9.5 Installing the New Drive Power Board ......................................................................................... 90 5.9.6 Powering On the Library .............................................................................................................. 92 5.9.7 Verifying the Drive Power Board Installation................................................................................ 92 5.10 Replacing a Magazine .................................................................................................................... 92 5.10.1 Unlocking the Magazine ........................................................................................................... 92 © Copyright QUALSTAR 2016
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Q80 Tape Library Installation and Operations Manual 5.10.2 Removing the Tape Cartridges ................................................................................................ 95 5.10.3 Removing the Magazine .......................................................................................................... 96 5.10.4 Installing the Magazine ........................................................................................................... 97 5.10.5 Verifying the Magazine Installation and Operation ............................................................. 97 5.11 6 Replacing a module ......................................................................................................................... 98 5.11.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................. 98 5.11.2 Saving the Configuration .......................................................................................................... 99 5.11.3 Unlocking the Magazine ........................................................................................................... 99 5.11.4 Removing the Tape Cartridges ................................................................................................ 99 5.11.5 Powering Off the Library .......................................................................................................... 99 5.11.6 Removing the Module Cables .................................................................................................. 99 5.11.7 Removing the Tape Drives..................................................................................................... 100 5.11.8 Removing the Module from the Rack ..................................................................................... 100 5.11.9 Moving Library Cover Plates ............................................................................................... 101 5.11.10 Installing the Module into the Rack ........................................................................................ 101 5.11.11 Replacing the Module Components and Cables.................................................................... 104 5.11.12 Verifying the Library Configuration ......................................................................................... 104 Library Troubleshooting .......................................................................................................105 6.1 Fibre Channel Connection Problems ............................................................................................. 105 6.2 Detection Problems after Installing a SAS Drive............................................................................ 105 6.3 Operation Problems ........................................................................................................................... 107 6.4 Performance Problems .................................................................................................................. 110 6.4.1 Average File Size ....................................................................................................................... 111 6.4.2 File Storage System ................................................................................................................... 111 6.4.3 Connection from the Backup/Archive Host Server to the Disk Array ......................................... 111 6.4.4 Backup/Archive Server ............................................................................................................... 111 6.4.5 Backup/Archive Software and Method ....................................................................................... 111 6.4.6 Connection from the Archive/Backup Host Server to the Library .............................................. 112 6.4.7 Media.......................................................................................................................................... 112 6.5 Finding Event Information .............................................................................................................. 112 6.6 Unlocking the Magazine ................................................................................................................. 112 6.6.1 Using the OCP ........................................................................................................................... 112 6.6.2 Using the RMI............................................................................................................................. 113 6.6.3 Using the Manual Release ......................................................................................................... 114 6.7 Unloading a Stuck Tape ................................................................................................................. 115 © Copyright QUALSTAR 2016
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Q80 Tape Library Installation and Operations Manual 6.8 Identifying a Failed Component ..................................................................................................... 115 6.9 Returning the Robotic Assembly to the Base Module ................................................................... 115 6.9.1 The Robotic Assembly is stopped in an Expansion Module that is near the Base Module or is
Stopped Directly between Two Modules ................................................................................................ 116 6.9.2 The Robotic Assembly is stopped in an Expansion Module that is not near the Base Module or it
Cannot Move Vertically ........................................................................................................................... 117 6.10 Running Library Tests .................................................................................................................... 118 7 Acronyms and Abbreviations...............................................................................................118 8 Event Codes ...........................................................................................................................119 9 Technical specifications .......................................................................................................126 10 Default and restore default settings ................................................................................128 11 Regulatory Information .....................................................................................................131 11.1 Recycling and disposal .................................................................................................................. 131 11.2 CE mark ......................................................................................................................................... 132 11.3 CCL mark ....................................................................................................................................... 133 11.4 FCC (United States) ....................................................................................................................... 133 11.5 Canadian verification ...................................................................................................................... 133 © Copyright QUALSTAR 2016
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Q80 Tape Library Installation and Operations Manual Tables
Table 1: Supported Tape Drives ........................................................................................................................ 4 Table 2: Location Requirements ........................................................................................................................ 8 Table 3: Supported SAS Speeds ....................................................................................................................... 9 Table 4: Supported Fibre Channel Speeds...................................................................................................... 10 Table 5: Supported Library Configurations ...................................................................................................... 11 Table 6: LTO-6 Tape Drive .............................................................................................................................. 27 Table 7: Ultrium Read/Write Compatibility ....................................................................................................... 30 Table 8: Status Icons ....................................................................................................................................... 31 Table 9: Front Panel LED Indicators ................................................................................................................ 31 Table 10: Power Problems ............................................................................................................................. 107 Table 11: Failure/Attention Indications Displayed on the Front Panel ........................................................... 107 Table 12: Tape Movement Problems ............................................................................................................. 107 Table 13: Media Problems ............................................................................................................................. 108 Table 14: Attention LED is Lit......................................................................................................................... 109 Table 15: Inventory Problems ........................................................................................................................ 109 Table 16: RMI Network Connection Issues.................................................................................................... 110 Table 17: Cleaning Problems ......................................................................................................................... 110 Table 18: Error Events ................................................................................................................................... 119 Table 19: Warning Events .............................................................................................................................. 122 Table 20: Configuration change Events ......................................................................................................... 124 Table 21: Device standards ........................................................................................................................... 132 © Copyright QUALSTAR 2016
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Q80 Tape Library Installation and Operations Manual Introduction
Document Purpose
This manual provides information about installing, operating, troubleshooting and servicing a Qualstar
Q80 Tape Library. It is intended for system administrators and general users who need physical and
functional knowledge of the Q80 Tape Library.
The main components are
Base library:
800-0040-9
Expansion module:
800-0041-7
This document uses the reference Q80 to refer to the Q80 Tape Library.
General Warnings
Document Conventions:
!
WARNING
Indicates that failure to follow directions could result in bodily harm or
death.
CAUTION
Indicates that failure to follow directions could result in damage to
equipment or data.
IMPORTANT
Provides clarifying information or specific instructions.
NOTE
TIP
Provides additional information.
Provides helpful hints and shortcuts.
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General Product Warnings:
DANGER
High voltage
Risk of electric shock
 Do not remove covers (top, bottom or rear). No user-serviceable
parts are inside.
 Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
WARNING
Product Weight
Risk of personal injury
Before lifting a library:
 Observe local health and safety requirements and guidelines for
manual material handling.
 Remove all tapes to reduce the weight.
 Remove all tape drives to reduce the weight.
 Obtain adequate assistance to lift and stabilize the library during
installation or removal.
Risk of damage to devices
When placing a library into or removing the library from a rack:
 Extend the rack’s levelling jacks to the floor.
 Ensure that the full weight of the rack rests on the levelling jacks.
 Install stabilizing feet on the rack.
 Extend only one rack component at a time.
CAUTION
Static Sensitive
Risk of damage to devices
 A discharge of static electricity damages static-sensitive devices or
micro circuitry.
 Proper packaging and grounding techniques are necessary
precautions to prevent damage.
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Q80 Tape Library NOTE
 Ventilation – Place the product in a location that does not interfere with
proper ventilation.
 Heat – Place the product in a location away from heat sources.
 Power sources – Connect the product to a power source only of the type
directed in the operating instructions or as marked on the product.
 Power cord protection – Place the AC line cord so that it is not possible to be
walked on or pinched by items placed upon or against it.
 Object and liquid entry – Insure that objects do not fall onto and that liquids
are not spilled into the product’s enclosure.
WARNING
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Installation and Operations Manual Only trained personnel should operate this equipment. Read all
documentation and procedures before installation or operation. This
product is intended for installation and operation in a computer rack with
the front and rear doors closed and secured. Only personnel with
technical and product safety training should be provided access to the
library. Such personnel are referred to as users throughout this
document. Do not insert any tools or any part of your body into openings
of an operating system.
Product Overview
The Qualstar Q80 is a 6U high scalable library system. The product has a base module which features 80
cartridge storage slots and 6 half height LTO drive bay positions. The base also is the tethering point for
the robotic assembly, in a multi-module library the robot is able to travel through additional Q80
expansion modules to facilitate cartridge to drive exchanges. Each additional Q80 expansion module can
also house 80 cartridges and 6 half height drives. The maximum expansion capability of a Q80 library
system accommodates 560 cartridges and 42 tape drives in a 7 module 42U high stack.
Both the Q80 base and expansion module have optional import/export capability consisting of 10 slots per
module in a removable magazine which may be allocated from the 80 cartridge storage slot pool. The 10
slot import/export supports adding/removing cartridges from the system without disrupting normal library
operations.
The Q80 base module contains the color touch screen operator interface panel and uses wizards for
initial system configuration and setting up library partitions. The unit also has web based remote
management, which replicates the local control panel functionality. The Q80 uses easy to understand text
based messages to inform of operational and error conditions enabling efficient operations and
troubleshooting.
Both base and expansion modules come equipped with redundant system power as standard, using
separate input power cords. The power system is fully monitored and the user is informed of overall Q80
system health (including power good status) through a dashboard in the operator interface.
The unit has modular serviceability of drives, power supplies, controllers, fans, and robotics. The field
expansion capability is easy to implement and supports incremental growth to match business needs.
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Supported Tape Drives
The Q80 was developed to integrate industry-standard LTO Ultrium tape drives from IBM. It has also
been designed to accept LTO-6* generation tape drive assemblies from Qualstar’s Q24 and Q48 Tape
Libraries. Some firmware restrictions exist, so contact Qualstar to understand the upgrade capability in
more detail.
Mixed drive generations and mixed interfaces are supported within a single library and within a single
module.
Listed below are the tape drives that have been implemented and qualified for use in a Q80.
* LTO-7 when available.
Table 1: Supported Tape Drives
IBM LTO Drives
LTO-6 Half-Height FC
LTO-6 Half-Height SAS
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Q80 Tape Library 1.2
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1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Magazine Access Door
Power Button
Operator Control Panel
USB Port
Mailslot/Magazine Access Door
Error LED, Amber
Attention LED, Amber
Clean LED, Amber
Ready LED, Green
Unit Identification LED, Blue
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(Base Library Only)
(Base Library Only)
(Base Library Only)
(Base and Expansion Module)
(Base Library Only)
(Base Library Only)
(Base Library Only)
(Base Library Only)
(Base Library Only)
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Rear Panel
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Power Supplies
Chassis Fan
Controller Health Status LED, Green
Upper Expansion Module Connection Port
USB Port
Ethernet Ports
Lower Expansion Module Connection Port
Unit Identifier LED, Blue
Half-Height Tape Drive Bays
Module Alignment Mechanism
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Q80 Tape Library 1.4
Tape Drive Back Panels
1.4.1
IBM LTO-6 HH SAS
1
2
3
1.4.2
Installation and Operations Manual Tape Drive Ethernet Port (not used)
SAS Port A
Tape Drive Power LED, Green
IBM LTO-6 HH FC
1
2
FC Port A
Tape Drive Power LED, Green
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Power Supply Rear Panel LEDs
1
2
3
White
Amber
Green
AC power connected, but Module Powered Off
Power Supply Fault Condition, such as fan not running, too hot or producing power outside of specification
Module Powered On
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Installing the Library
2.1
Planning Installation
 Choose a location for the library. See “Location Requirements”.
 Plan the SAS or Fibre Channel configuration and obtain the necessary cables. See “SAS
Configuration Requirements” or “Fibre Channel Configuration Requirements”.
 Plan the rack layout. See “Planning the Module and Rack Layout”.
 Internal IP Range Selection
2.2
Location Requirements
NOTE
 The library was designed for rack installation and must be installed using the
provided rack rails. Installation on a table top or other similar surface could
result in library operation errors.
 Select a rack with access to the host server.
 Choose a location that meets the criteria in the table below.
Table 2: Location Requirements
Criteria
Definition
Rack Requirements
Standard 19-inch rack with an appropriate # of U’s (Rack Units) of clearance for the
planned module quantity
Rack Space
Requirements
6U for the Base Library and 6U for each Expansion Module
Room Temperature
10-35º C (50-95º F)
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Q80 Tape Library Criteria
Definition
Power Source
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Air Quality
Humidity
2.3
Installation and Operations Manual AC Power Voltage: 100-240 VAC
Line Frequency: 50-60 Hz
Library Located near AC Outlet(s)
The AC power cord is the library’s main AC disconnect device and must be easily
accessible at all times.
 Place the library in an area with minimal sources of particulate contamination
 Avoid areas near frequently used doors and walkways, stacks of supplies that collect
dust, printers, and smoke-filled rooms
 Excessive dust and debris can damage tapes and tape drive
20-80 percent RH non-condensing
SAS Configuration Requirements
Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is a computer bus technology mainly used to transfer data to and from
storage devices, including disk drives and tape drives. SAS is designed to transfer data at up to 6 Gbps.
SAS uses serial connections, with a direct connection between the host server and each of the storage
devices. This eliminates the need to configure SCSI busses and assign SCSI IDs, as is required for
parallel SCSI devices.
The host server must have a SAS host bus adapter with an external connector. The HBA uses multiple
LUNs to communicate with the library. Verify that your HBA supports multiple LUNs, as most RAID
controllers do not. Most SAS HBA ports have four SAS channels. A tape drive uses one channel, so
each HBA port can support up to four tape drives. You can use a cable with one connector on each end,
but only one channel will be used.
Supported speeds by drive generation are shown in the table below.
Table 3: Supported SAS Speeds
LTO Generation
Supported Speeds
LTO-6
1.5 Gbps, 3 Gbps, 6 Gbps
CAUTION
High quality SAS cables rated at the transfer rate the SAS drives are
required. Always verify that the SAS cable you are using is rated for the
data transfer speed of the interface of your components. SAS cables
described as "equalized" may not support 6 Gb/s data rates and should
not be used with LTO-6 or later generation tape drives unless these
cables are verified for 6 Gb/s data rates.
CAUTION
The library has one or more mini-SAS connectors on each SAS tape
drive. Mini-SAS connectors are keyed. Do not force a SAS cable’s miniSAS connector into the tape drive as it might be keyed differently.
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A SAS tape drive is identified by a unique identifier called a World Wide Name (WWN) or World Wide
Identifier (WWID). The library assigns the WWID to the drive bay. When a tape drive is replaced, the
WWID is re-assigned to the new tape drive.
The operating system tracks the WWID for the tape drive on each HBA channel. Each of the drive
connectors on the fan-out cable is associated with an HBA channel. Once a tape drive has been plugged
in, it should remain on the same channel to retain the association between the HBA channel and WWID.
2.4
Fibre Channel Configuration Requirements
The Fibre channel tape drive can be connected directly to the server with a host bus adapter (HBA) or
through a storage area network (SAN).
The installation requires one Fibre Channel cable for each tape drive. The tape drives all utilize an LCstyle connector. Some drives will have two FC ports, but only one cable connection is needed per drive.
The cable can be connected to either drive FC port.
Supported speeds by drive generation are listed in the table below.
Table 4: Supported Fibre Channel Speeds
NOTE
LTO Generation
Supported Speeds
LTO-6
2 Gbps, 4 Gbps, 8 Gbps
 Use an appropriate HBA for your tape drive due to performance
requirements.
A lower Gbps HBA might result in performance degradation when moving
highly compressible data to a higher Gb tape drive.
 In a SAN installation, all switches between the host and the library must be of
the appropriate type.
A lower Gb switch in the path may result in performance degradation.
Configure zoning so only the backup servers may access the library.
2.5
Planning Module and Rack Layout
If possible, install the Base Library in the middle of the rack to provide space for the permitted 3
Expansion Modules above and 3 Expansion Modules below. See the Supported Library Configurations
below for additional details.
2.6
Supported Library Configurations
All Q80 Library systems start with a Base Library Module. Up to 6 additional expansion modules can be
added as needed to the base to support customer requirements. The Q80 library architecture has been
designed to support a maximum of 3 expansion modules above and 3 expansion modules below the base
module.
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Q80 Tape Library Installation and Operations Manual Table 1 shows the valid configurations for libraries ranging from one to a maximum of seven total
modules.
The Base Library is depicted by the following image with the Operator Control Panel shown in yellow:
Each Expansion Module is represented by the following image with a large clear viewing window in the
center.
Table 5: Supported Library Configurations
Module Quantity
Supported Library Configurations
1 Module Library
Base Library
2 Module Library
Base Library
1 Expansion Module
3 Module Library
Base Library
2 Expansion Modules
4 Module Library
Base Library
3 Expansion Modules
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Supported Library Configurations
5 Module Library
Base Library
4 Expansion Modules
6 Module Library
Base Library
5 Expansion Modules
7 Module Library
Base Library
6 Expansion Modules
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Q80 Tape Library 2.7
Installation and Operations Manual Host Preparation
CAUTION
Static Sensitive
Risk of damage to devices
 A discharge of static electricity damages static-sensitive devices or
micro circuitry.
 Proper packaging and grounding techniques are necessary
precautions to prevent damage.
Follow these general guidelines:
 Check with a system administrator before powering off the host computer.
 For a SAS library, confirm availability or install a SAS HBA that supports multiple LUNs.
 For a direct-attach Fibre Channel library, confirm availability of install an FC HBA.
 For connection of a Fibre Channel library through a compatible switch, verify that sufficient ports are
available.
2.8
Installation Precautions
WARNING
Product Weight
Each Q80 module weighs more than 40 kg (88 lbs) without drives or
tapes and more than 70 kg (144 lbs) with 6 tape drives and 80 tapes.
Risk of personal injury
Before moving or lifting a library:
 Observe local health and safety requirements and guidelines for
manual material handling.
 Remove all tapes to reduce the weight and to prevent cartridges from
falling into the robotics path and damaging the library.
 Remove all tape drives to reduce the weight.
 Obtain adequate assistance to lift and stabilize the library during
installation or removal.
Risk of damage to devices
When placing a library into or removing the library from a rack:
 Extend the rack’s levelling jacks to the floor.
 Ensure that the full weight of the rack rests on the levelling jacks.
 Install stabilizing feet on the rack.
 Extend only one rack component at a time.
CAUTION
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 Do not place a module on either the ends or sides as this may cause
damage.
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Unpacking Base Library and Expansion Modules
Before unpacking any modules, clear a work surface near the targeted rack for installation.
CAUTION
If the temperature in the room where the library will operate varies by
15° C (30° F) from where the module was stored, allow it to acclimate for
at least 12 hours prior to unpacking.
Unpacking a Q80 Base Library or Expansion Module:
1. Before opening and removing a module from the box, inspect the container for shipping damage.
2. If you notice any damage, report it to the shipping company immediately.
3. Cut and remove the bands on the outside of the container.
Cut and remove
4. Lift up the outer cardboard box – it is not secured to the pallet.
Lift up and
remove
5. Remove the inner cardboard sleeve surrounding the module.
6. Remove the rack rails.
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accessory kit box
and the empty box
Remove
rack rails
7. Remove the accessory kit box.
8. Remove the foam pieces from the top of the module.
Remove foam from top
9. With assistance, lift the module out of the bottom foam nest, remove the wrapping from the module
and then place the module on the work surface.
CAUTION
Do not place a module on either the ends or sides as this may cause
damage.
10. Save the packaging materials for future use.
2.10
Identifying Library Components
If you have unpacked a Base Library, confirm that you have received the following components:
1. Base Library
2. Two Rack Rails
3. Accessory Kit
a. Two packets of rack mount hardware
b. Two North American Power Cords
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Two European Power Cords
If you have unpacked an Expansion Module, confirm that you have received the following components:
1. Expansion Module
2. Two Rack Rails
3. Accessory Kit
a. Two packets of rack mount hardware
b. Two North American Power Cords
c.
Two European Power Cords
d. Expansion Interconnect Cable
For SAS libraries, you must provide SAS cabling with the correct configuration for your HBA. For Fibre
Channel libraries, you must provide one Fibre Channel cable for each tape drive.
2.11
Preparing Top and Bottom Modules in a multi module system
Skip this step if you are installing a base library without expansion modules.
The base module has removable top and bottom covers to enable expansion. You will need to transfer
one or both covers (depending if you are expanding the base above, below or both) from the base
module to expansion modules. The covers are identical and the procedure to change them is the same
for both top and bottom covers.
 If you are installing expansion modules below the base library, move the bottom cover from the base
library to the expansion module that will be installed at the bottom of the library.
 If you are installing expansion modules above the base library, move the top cover from the base
library to the expansion module that will be installed at the top of the library.
To move a library cover plate from the base module to an extension module:
1. Remove the library cover plate from the base module.
a. Place the base module on a work table. If you are removing the bottom cover, gently turn the
base module over so you can access the bottom of the module.
b. Insert a small flathead screwdriver or Torx screwdriver into the hole to retract the spring lock,
slide the cover until it reaches the tool, remove the tool and continue sliding the cover to the front
of the module until all the tabs are released.
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d. If the base module is upside down, gently return it to its normal position.
2. Install the cover on the expansion module.
a. Place the expansion module on the work table. If the module will be the bottom module in the
library, gently turn the module over so you can access the bottom of the module.
b. Align all tabs on the cover with the slots on the module, gently push it down, and then slide the
cover towards the back of the module until the spring lock engages.
c.
If the expansion module is upside down, gently return it to its normal position.
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Installing Modules in a Rack
Q80 modules are easy to install in racks compliant to EIA 310A Standard, at least 1 meter deep. You
need a #2 Phillips screwdriver for this process. These type of racks have square mounting holes for the
rack equipment mounting, For racks which have round mounting holes Qualstar offers an optional round
hole mounting kit P/N 376 142 483-01. The round hole kit must be used in installations which are using
racks with round holes to insure proper unit alignment, one kit per module is required.
To locate the rail locations when installing multiple modules:
1. Locate the bottom of the lowest full U where the lowest module will be installed.
2. Continue noting the locations for any additional modules 6U higher.
To install the rails into the rack, starting from the lowest rack location:
1. From the front of the rack, insert the rack rails into the back and then front vertical supports.
a. Position a rail according to the left-right front-rear orientation information stamped on the rail.
b. Rotate the front of the rail up while inserting the rear rail hanger into the rear vertical support, and
then lower the front of the rail until it is nearly level.
c.
Extend the front of the rail until the hangers come through the holes in the vertical support and
the retention spring snaps into place.
d. Repeat sub steps a, b, and c with the other rail.
2. On the front of both rails in a square-hole rock, install a clip nut above the mounting bracket as
shown.
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 Outer rail is installed in the rack.
 Middle rail connects to the inner and outer rails so the module can be slid out of the rack.
 Inner rail is attached to the module.
To install the modules in the rack, starting with the bottom module:
1. Extend the middle rails until they lock into place. Move the sliding assembly to the front of the middle
rails.
2. Slide the inner rails into the middle rails. Slide the module into the rack
3. If you are installing multiple modules, verify that this module has been installed directly above or
below its adjacent module and is contained within the correct 6U volume. The gap between modules
must be less than 4 mm (just over 5/32 of an inch)
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4. Use your fingers to tighten the captive thumbscrew on each side of the module.
5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 to install the rest of the modules into the rack.
2.13
Aligning and Connecting Modules
Skip this step if the library does not have any expansion modules.
Aligning the modules ensures that the robot from the base module can move freely between the modules.
The Q80 library will not operate unless the alignment mechanism on the rear of each module is in the
locked position (with the exception of the bottom most module).
1. From the front of the library, loosen the thumbscrews on each of the modules two full turns.
2. From the back of the library, starting with the bottom pair of modules, align each module with the
module below. Repeat for each pair of modules. To align the modules follow this process.
a. Loosen the thumbscrew on the module alignment mechanism.
b. Lower the alignment mechanism. If you encounter resistance, adjust the position of the upper
module so the pin in the alignment mechanism moves into the hole in the lower module. When
the alignment mechanism is in the locked position, tighten the thumbscrew.
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position with the thumbscrew.
4. From the front of the library, use your fingers to tighten the thumbscrews on each of the modules to
secure the modules to the rack.
5. From the back of the library connect the lower module of each pair to its adjacent module using the
expansion interconnect cable as shown.
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Installing Tape Drives
1. Locate an appropriate vacant drive bay on the back of the library.
2. To assist in aligning the drive, only remove the drive bay covers for one drive at a time. Remove the
face plate covering the drive bay by removing the screws holding it in place. Remove one drive bay
cover to install a half-height tape drive.
3. Holding the tape drive by the handle and supporting it from the bottom, slide the tape drive along the
alignment rails into the drive bay until it is flush with the back of the library.
4. Tighten the blue captive screws with your fingers to secure the tape drive to the chassis. If the
thumbscrews cannot be tightened, verify that the tape drive is aligned properly.
CAUTION
2.15
All drive bays without tape drives installed must have drive bay covers
installed.
Connecting Fibre Channel Cables
1. Remove the FC port caps if necessary. Attach one end of the FC cable to port A on the tape drive.
2. Attach the other end of the FC cable to a switch or HBA.
2.16
Connecting SAS Cables
1. Attach the HBA end of the SAS cable into the connector on the HBA. If you are using a SAS fanout
cable, the end of the cable with only one connector should be plugged into the HBA.
2. Connect the drive end of the cable.
 If you are using a cable with a single connector on each end, attach the other end into the
connector on the tape drive.
 If you are using a SAS fanout cable, attach one mini-SAS connector into the connector on each
tape drive. The unused ends of the SAS fanout cable are single channel and not suitable for use
with disk arrays. Use the other ends to connect tape drives, or coil and secure them to the rack to
minimize stress on the connectors.
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not use adapters or converters between the HBA and the tape drive. For reliable
operation, use a maximum SAS cable length of six meters.
Powering On the Library
1. Plug the appropriate power input cables into the power connectors (1) on the rear of each module
and into the facility power outlets.
NOTE
The library has dual redundant power supplies. To increase redundancy, plug
each power cord into a different AC power circuit.
2. To use the RMI, connect an Ethernet cable from the bottom Ethernet ports (2) on the library module
controller to your network.
3. Power on the library by pressing the power button on the base module front panel located just below
the OCP; the green light will illuminate. When the library is powered on, it inventories the tape
cartridges in the magazines, checks the firmware version on all modules, configures the tape drives,
confirms the presence of the existing modules, and searches for any new modules.
1
2
Power Connectors
Ethernet Ports
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Internal IP Range Selection
For internal communication between modules the tape library uses an Ethernet connection with an
internal IP address range. To prevent any conflict between the internal IP address range and the external
IP addresses it is required to select the internal IP range before the tape library gets connected to the
external Ethernet port.
Therefore a file which contains the internal IP range is stored onto the base library backplane:
/opt/storage/mfg/stack/network.range and LCM /opt/storage/configuration/network.range
The Values must be in the following format:
RANGE=192.0.2
Please note: the last section of the IP address is not set because it will be set internally.
The file will be created through the OCP IP Range selection page when the Stack starts for the very first
time or if the unit was reset to Manufacturing Defaults / Reset via OCP/RMI.
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Start the Initial Configuration Wizard from the OCP. The wizard will guide you through configuring the time
zone, date and time, and network settings, setting the administrator password, and then start an initial
system test. You can skip items and stop the wizard at any time. Once you have configured the network
settings and set the administrator password, you can initiate the wizard from the RMI to complete the
remaining configurations.
2.20
Verifying the Host Connection
To verify the connections between the host computer and the library:
1. Install the application software and/or drivers that are compatible with the library. Backup software
packages might require additional software or licensing to communicate with the robotics.
2. Verify the connection between the library and the host using the host server’s operating system
utilities.
2.21
Labeling and Loading Tape Cartridges
The library will power on without cartridges, but needs cartridges before performing data read and write
operations, or any tests or operations that transfer data to cartridges.
Barcode labels are recommended in production environments to reduce inventory time in the library and
ease cartridge handling processes outside the library.
2.21.1 Using the Mailslot
If the mailslot is enabled, you can use it to load cartridges into the library. On the Home screen, tap Open
Mailslot, open the front right magazine access door, and then pull the mailslot out. The Q80 may also be
bulk loaded by accessing the magazine.
2.21.2 Bulk Loading Magazines
1. Extend one of the magazines from the library.
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a. From the OCP or RMI, select the module and then select Open Magazine.
b. Open the magazine access door.
2. Load the tape cartridges into the magazine starting with the back most vertical 10 slot bin of the
magazine. Move the magazine slightly into the library as each bin is filled.
3. Once the magazine is filled push the magazine handle slowly until the magazine release latch snaps
into place. The magazine locks into place.
4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 for each of the other magazines and other modules.
2.22
Verifying the Installation
Verify that the library has the current firmware revision. The library firmware revision is displayed in the
top left corner of the OCP and RMI screen.
If necessary, update the library firmware from the OCP or RMI Maintenance > Software Upgrades >
System Firmware screen.
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to a file on your computer from the RMI Configuration > Save/Restore screen. Having a backup of the
library configuration is helpful when recovering from a configuration error or if the library needs service.
To update library firmware from the RMI, click Choose File and select the firmware file from the local
computer.
To update the library firmware from the OCP:
1. Copy the firmware file to a USB flash drive.
2. Insert the USB thumb drive into the USB port on the front of the library. The library detects the USB drive.
3. Select the firmware file.
4. Click Start Upgrade.
When you update the library firmware, the library will update the firmware of the expansion modules to a
compatible version.
2.23
Configuring Additional Features
The library has many features to customize it for your organization.
 Enabling the mailslot. See “Enabling or Disabling Mailslots”.
 Naming the library via the partitioning wizard. See “Configuring Library Partitions”.
 Partitioning the library. See “Configuring Library Partitions”.
 Enabling and configuring SNMP network management. See “Configuring SNMP”.
 Setting up email event notification. See “Configuring Event Notification Parameters”
3
Tape Cartridges and Magazines
This chapter explains which media to use with your library, and how to label and write-protect your tape
cartridges. Careful labeling and handling of the tape cartridges will prolong the life of the tape cartridges
and the library.
3.1
Tape Cartridges
Use the Ultrium data and cleaning tape cartridges designed for your model of library.
Table 6: LTO-6 Tape Drive
Cartridge Type
LTO-6 Ultrium 6.25 TB Data Cartridge
LTO-6 Ultrium 6.25 TB WORM Data Cartridge
Ultrium Universal Cleaning Cartridge
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LTO-3 and later tape drives support both rewriteable and WORM data
cartridges. Write-Once, Read-Many (WORM) data cartridges provide an
enhanced level of data security against accidental or malicious alteration of data
on the tape cartridge. The WORM data cartridge can be appended to maximize
the full capacity of the tape cartridge, but you will be unable to erase or
overwrite data on the cartridge.
Using and Maintaining Tape Cartridges
CAUTION
Do not magnetically degauss LTO data cartridges! These data
cartridges are pre-recorded with a magnetic servo signal. This signal is
required to use the cartridge with the LTO tape drive. Keep magnetically
charged objects away from the cartridge.
To ensure the longest possible life for your data cartridges, follow these guidelines:
 Use only the data cartridges designated for your device.
 Clean the tape drive when the Clean drive LED is illuminated.
CAUTION
Use only Ultrium Universal cleaning cartridges.
 Do not drop a cartridge. Excessive shock can damage the internal contents of the cartridge or the
cartridge case itself, making the cartridge unusable.
 Do not expose data cartridges to direct sunlight or sources of heat, including portable heaters and
heating ducts.
 The operating temperature range for data cartridges is 10 to 35º C. The storage temperature range is 40 to +60º C in a dust-free environment in which relative humidity is always between 20 percent and
80 percent (non-condensing).
 If the data cartridge has been exposed to temperatures outside the specified ranges, stabilize the
cartridge at room temperature for the same length of time it was exposed to extreme temperatures or
24 hours, whichever is less.
 Do not place data cartridges near sources of electromagnetic energy or strong magnetic fields such as
computer monitors, electric motors, speakers, or X-ray equipment. Exposure to electromagnetic
energy or magnetic fields can destroy data and the embedded servo code written on the media by the
cartridge manufacturer, which can render the cartridge unusable.
 Place identification labels only in the designated area on the cartridge.
3.1.2
Labeling Tape Cartridges
The device contains a bar code reader that reads the tape labels and stores the inventory data in
memory. The device then provides the inventory information to the host application, OCP, and RMI.
Having a bar code label on each tape cartridge enables the bar code reader to identify the cartridge
quickly, thereby speeding up inventory time. Make it stnadard practice to use bar code labels on your
tape cartridges.
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every cartridge has a barcode label in place.
A proper bar code label includes the media ID in the last two characters of the bar code. The library will
not load an incompatible cartridge, based on the barcode media ID, into a tape drive. For example, the
library will not load a cartridge labeled as LTO-3 into an LTO-6 tape drive. This saves the time needed to
load the cartridge and have the tape drive reject it.
Though not recommended, disabling bar code checking in the Configuration > Ignore Barcode Media
ID screen will allow all media moves regardless of the bar code media ID.
Your host software may need to keep track of the following information via the associated bar code:
 Date of format or initialization
 Tape's media pool
 Data residing on the tape
 Age of the backup
 Errors encountered while using the tape (to determine if the tape is faulty)
IMPORTANT
!
Misusing and misunderstanding bar code technology can result in
backup and restore failures. Use only high quality labels. Self-printed
labels are not recommended as they are often a source of barcode
reading issues.
LTO tape cartridges have a recessed area located on the face of the cartridge next to the write-protect
switch. Use this area for attaching the adhesive-backed bar code label. Only apply labels as shown:
!
3.1.3
IMPORTANT
The bar code label should only be applied as shown, with the
alphanumeric portion facing the hub side of the tape cartridge. Never
apply multiple labels onto a cartridge because extra labels can cause
the cartridge to jam in a tape drive.
Write Protecting Tape Cartridges
All rewriteable data cartridges have a write-protect switch to prevent accidental erasure or overwriting of
data. Before loading a cartridge into the device, make sure the write-protect switch on the front of the
cartridge is in the desired position.
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 Slide the switch to the left to allow the device to write data to the cartridge.
 Slide the switch to the right to write-protect the cartridge. An indicator, such as a red mark or small
padlock, is visible showing that the cartridge is write-protected.
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2
3
4
5
3.1.4
Insertion Arrow
Barcode Label
Write-Protect Switch
Write-Protected
Write-Enabled
Read and Write Compatibility
Table 7: Ultrium Read/Write Compatibility
LTO-5 Drive
LTO-6 Drive
LTO-4 Media,
Unencrypted
Read/Write
Read Only
LTO-4 Media,
Encrypted
Read/Write with
encryption key
Read/Write with
encryption key
LTO-5 Media,
Unencrypted
Read/Write
Read/Write
LTO-5 Media,
Encrypted
Read/Write with
encryption key
Read/Write with
encryption key
LTO-6 Media,
Unencrypted
Incompatible
Read/Write
LTO-6 Media,
Encrypted
Incompatible
Read/Write with
encryption key
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Beyond control by the application the library provides two main user interfaces:
 Operator control panel (OCP) — With the OCP, you can monitor, configure, and control the library
from the front panel located on the base module.
 Remote management interface (RMI) — With the RMI, you can monitor, configure, and control the
library remotely from a web browser. The RMI hosts a dedicated, protected Internet site that displays a
graphical representation of the library.
The OCP and RMI are similar in design and functionality.
Table 8: Status Icons
The green Status OK icon indicates that the library is fully operational and that no user interaction is
required
The blue exclamation point Status Warning icon indicates that user attention is necessary, but that the
device can still perform most operations.
The red X Status Error icon indicates that user intervention is required and that the device is not capable of
performing some operations.
4.1
Using the OCP
The OCP has a power button, an LCD touch screen, and five indicator LEDs. With the OCP you can
monitor, configure, and operate most library functions from the local library front panel. To navigate the
OCP, tap on the LCD touch screen.
Table 9: Front Panel LED Indicators
Module ID
Blue when activated. The unit identification (UID) LEDs are controlled by the user through the OCP
and RMI Maintenance > UID LED Control screen. The UIDs on the OCP and back panel UID are
activated and deactivated together. The UIDs are helpful for locating specific library modules in a
data center.
Ready
Green, steady when power is on, blinking with tape drive or library robotic activity
Clean
Amber when a tape drive cleaning operation is recommended.
Attention
Amber if the library has detected a condition for which user attention is necessary, but that the
library can still perform most operations.
Error
Amber if an unrecoverable tape drive or library error occurs. A corresponding error message is
displayed on the LCD screen. User intervention is required; the library is not capable of performing
some operations.
4.2
Using the RMI
With the RMI, you can monitor, configure, and operate most library functions from a web browser.
When possible, it is recommended that the web based RMI be used as the primary library interface to
initially configure the library because the web interface provides access to additional features, includes
online help, and is easier to use. Usage of the RMI is required to configure the Q80 libraries advanced
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features, such as SNMP, IPv6, encryption, and multiple library partitions but is not required for general
operations..
Before using the RMI, you must configure the library network settings and set the administrator password
with the OCP located on the base module. This setup can be done with the Initial Configuration Wizard.
See “Using the Initial Configuration Wizard”. Once an IP address is configured for the library the RMI
may be used to complete the unit set up.
To access the RMI, open the latest version of a supported HTML browser and enter the IP address of the
library in the browser’s address bar. Supported browsers include Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and
Safari.
TIP
4.3
Check the online help in the RMI for additional information. The help pages are
updated with firmware updates and often contain up-to-date technical details that
might not be contained in this document. To access RMI help, click the ? icon on
the right side of the RMI top banner.
Logging into the Library
To login to the library:
1. OCP: If the OCP screen saver is on, tap the screen.
RMI: Open a supported web browser and enter the IP address of the library in the browser’s address
bar.
2. Select the User.
3. If required, enter the Password.
4. Click Login.
The user levels are:
 User – No password is required (leave the Password blank unless the user password has been set).
The user account provides access to status information, but not configuration, maintenance or
operation functions.
 Administrator – The administrator password is required to login as the administrator user. The same
administrator password is used for the RMI and OCP. There is not a default administrator password;
the administrator password must be set with the OCP before administrator functions can be used with
the RMI.
The administrator user has access to all functionality except for the log configuration and Service
features.
 Service – Access to this user is by Service personnel only. The service password is set at the
factory. The same service password is used for the RMI and OCP. Both the administrator and service
passwords are required for a service person to enter the service area.
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Installation and Operations Manual By default, the administrator password is unset; all of the digits are null. You must
set the administrator password from the OCP to protect the administrator functions
on the OCP and access the administrator functions on the RMI.
Using the Library Main Screen
The library main screen is organized into the following regions:
 Top Banner – Contains the home button and displays the overall status and information about the
library and user
 Left Pane – Displays the library identity and module status
 Center Pane – Provides access to operate and configure the library and to view additional status
information
 Right Pane – (RMI only) Displays a log of recent events
4.4.1

Top Banner Elements
– Home Icon – Returns to the library main screen
 Library Health – An icon indicating the overall health status of the library
o
– The green check mark Status OK icon indicates that all library components are fully
operational and that no user intervention is required.
o
– The yellow triangle exclamation point Status Warning icon indicates that user attention
is necessary, but that the library can still perform most operations. Click the icon to display
the event ticket log.
o
– The red circle X Status Error icon indicates that user intervention is required and the
library is not capable of performing some operations. Click the icon to display the event ticket
log.
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 Status – The status of the library robotic
o
Idle – The library robotic is ready to perform an action.
o
Moving – The library robotic is moving a cartridge.
o
Scanning – The library robotic is performing an inventory of cartridges.
o
Offline – The library robotic has been taken off line by the library.
 Library Time & Date – helpful when analyzing event logs and support tickets, and might be needed
when contacting support.
 User – The user account for this session.
 Logout – Logs out of this session.
 ? – Accesses online help.
4.4.2
Left Pane Elements
 Library Status – Overall library confirmation and status
o
Serial # – The base library serial number
o
Hostname – The library hostname
o
Network Configuration – The IP version (IPv4 or IPv6) and IP address
o
Firmware – The library firmware version
 Module Status Overviews – A summary of each module’s configuration and health. Click or tap the
module status area to select the module.
o
Module Health Icon
-
The green check mark Status OK icon indicates that the module and each of its
components are fully operational and that no user intervention is required.
-
The yellow triangle explanation point Status Warning icon indicates that user attention is
necessary, but that the library can still perform most operations.
-
The red circle X Status Error icon indicates that user intervention is required and the
module is not capable of performing some operations.
o
Module Number – Modules are numbered based on their location in the physical library. The
bottom module is Module 1. The base library module is annotated with (Base).
o
Drive Status – The number of drives installed in the module and the health of each drive.
Click or tap on the drive to display drive configuration and status information in the center
pane.
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A black square indicates that the drive is fully operational and that no user intervention is
required.
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A yellow square indicates that user attention is necessary, but that the drive can still
perform most operations.
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A red square indicates that user intervention is required or the drive is not capable of
performing some operations.
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Magazine Slot Usage – The number of cartridge slots available and the number in use.
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Drive Operation Status – The \ current drive activity for each drive in the module. The drive
operation status is only displayed for the selected module.
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Write – The drive is performing a write operation.
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Read – The drive is performing a read operation.
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Idle – A cartridge is in the drive but the drive is not performing an operation.
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Empty – The drive is empty.
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Encryp – The drive is writing encrypted data.
Center Pane Elements
 Open Mailslot – (Administrator user only) Click or tap to unlock the mailslot on the selected module.
Mailslots must be enabled before the slots can be used as mailslots. See “Enabling or Disabling
Mailslots”.
 Open Magazine – (Administrator user only) Click or tap to unlock a magazine in the selected module.
Only one magazine in the library can be open at a time. See “Opening a Magazine”.
 Configuration – (Administrator user only) Click or tap to configure the library. See “Configuring the
Library”.
 Maintenance – (Administrator user only) Click or tap to access maintenance functions. See
“Maintaining the Library”.
 Operation – (Administrator user only) Click or tap to access operation functions. See “Operating the
Library”.
 Status – Click or tap to access status information. See “Viewing Status Information”.
 Service Area – (Service user only) Click or tap to access to functionality restricted to Service
engineers.
4.5
Configuring the Library
4.5.1
Using the Initial Configuration Wizard
The wizard guides you through setting the administrator password, configuring the time zone, date and
time, and library network settings, and then starting an initial system test. You can skip items and stop the
wizard at any time. Once you have configured the network settings and set the administrator password
from the OCP, you can initiate the wizard from the RMI or OCP to complete the remaining configurations.
4.5.2
Saving, Restoring and Resetting the Library Configuration
From the Configuration > System > Save/Restore Configuration screen you can save the library
configuration settings to a file, restore the settings, or reset the library configuration to the default settings.
The saved configuration database will make it easier it recover the library configuration if you need to
replace the base module or base module controller.
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Saving the library configuration to a file
1. Navigate to the Configuration > System > Save/Restore Configuration screen as shown above.
2. For saving the configuration file to a USB device on the library, insert a USB flash drive into one of
the USB ports on the base module.
3. Select the destination location:
 RMI – (RMI only) Downloads the configuration file to the browser or system running the RMI
 USB Device Front - Downloads the configuration file to a USB flash drive inserted into the USB
port on the front of the library
 USB Device Rear - Downloads the configuration file to a USB flash drive inserted into the USB
port in the back of the library
4. Click Save
Restoring the library configuration from a file
1. Restoring the configuration file from a USB device, copy the .ZIP configuration file you want to restore
onto the USB device and remove any other configuration files from the USB device.
2. Navigate to the Configuration > System > Save/Restore Configuration screen.
3. If you will be restoring the configuration file from a USB device on the library, insert the USB flash
drive containing the configuration file into one of the USB ports on the base module.
4. Select the source location:
 RMI – (RMI only) Restores the configuration file from the computer running the RMI. Click Browse
to navigate to and select the configuration file.
 USB Device Front – Restores the configuration file from a USB flash drive inserted into the USB
port on the front of the library.
 USB Device Rear – Restores the configuration file from a USB flash drive inserted into the USB
port in the back of the library.
5. CIick Browse.
Resetting the default settings
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4.5.3
Configuring the Date and Time Format
To configure date and time format parameters and to use an SNTP server, from the Configuration area,
navigate to the System > Date and Time Format screen.
NOTE
The library does not adjust its time for daylight saving time; the time must be
adjusted manually.
4.5.3.1 Setting the time zone
1. CIick Time Zone.
A list of continents, countries, and regions is displayed. When an item proceeded with '>', for
example> US, is selected, a submenu is displayed in the next column.
2. Expand the time zone list, as necessary, until a location with the appropriate time zone is visible.
3. Select a location with the appropriate time zone.
4. Click Submit.
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4.5.3.2 Setting the date and time format
1. Click Date/Time Format.
2. Select a time format.
3. Select a date format:
For example, July 30, 2013 is displayed as:
 DD.MM.YYYY - 30.07.2013
 MM/DD/YYYY - 07/30/2013
 YYYY-MM-DD - 2013-07-30
4. Click Submit.
4.5.3.3 Enabling SNTP (Simple Network Time Protocol) Synchronization
The library must have network access to an SNTP server.
1. Click SNTP.
2. Click SNTP Enabled.
3. Enter the SNTP server address.
4. Click Submit.
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From the Configuration > System > Media Barcode Compatibility Check screen you can enable or
disable the barcode media ID check.
When Barcode Media ID Restriction is enabled, the library will only allow appropriate tape cartridges to
be loaded into tape drives. The barcode media ID is the last two characters of the barcode. For example,
an LTO-6 labeled cartridge will not be allowed to move into an LTO-4 tape drive.
When disabled, the library will move any tape to any tape drive. If the cartridge is incompatible with the
tape drive, the library will display a message.
NOTE
4.5.5
It is strongly recommended that all cartridges have barcode labels with the
correct media ID, and that the Barcode Media ID Restriction is enabled.
Configuring the Library Network Settings
From the Configuration > Network screen you can configure the library network settings.
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1. Navigate to the Configuration > Network screen.
2. Configure or update the Host Name and Domain Name. The RMI URL is <Host Name>.<Domain
Name>.
3. Select the internet protocol to use for the library.
4. Configure the settings for the selected internet protocol.
To have the library obtain an internet address from a DHCP server, select the DHCP or Stateless
method.
5. Click Submit.
4.5.6
Configuring SNMP
Use the Configuration > Network Management screen to enable and configure SNMP (Simple Network
Management Protocol), which allows applications to manage the device. The library supports both SNMP
configuration and SNMP traps.
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Q80 Tape Library Installation and Operations Manual  SNMP Enabled – When checked, the library can be managed by computers listed in the SNMP
Target IP Addresses field.
 Community Name – A string used to match the SNMP management station and library. It must be set
to the same name on both the management station and the library. The default community name is
public.
 SNMP Targets – List of configured SNMP targets.
To add an SNMP target or edit information for an SNMP target:
1. Click Edit for the appropriate SNMP target. When adding an SNMP target, click Edit next to a target
without an IP/Hostname.
2. Enter the target IP address or hostname
3. Enter the port.
4. Select the SNMP version.
5. Enter the SNMP community string for the target.
6. Click Submit.
To delete an SNMP target:
1. Click Delete for the target to be deleted.
2. Click Submit.
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Configuring Event Notification Parameters
From the Configuration > Network Management > SMTP screen you can enable SMTP (Simple Mail
Transfer Protocol) functionality and configure e-mail notification of library events. The library must have
network access to an SMTP server.
 SMTP Enabled – Check to enable SMTP. When checked, the remaining configurations are active.
 Notification Level – The types of events for which the library should send e-mail
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Inactive – No events are sent.
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Critical – Only critical events are sent.
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+ Warnings – Only critical and warning events are sent.
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+ Configuration – Only critical, warning, and configuration events are sent.
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+ Information – All events are sent.
 SMTP Server – Hostname or IP address of the SMTP server
 Security – Security protocol for accessing the SMTP server
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None
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SSL
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TLS
 SMTP Port – SMTP server port. The default port for the selected protocol will be selected. You can
choose one of the default ports or configure a custom port.
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firstname.lastname@example.com). Only one email address can be configured.
 Mailer Name – Name of the sender of the e-mail
 Email Subject – Subject line for the e-mail message
 Emailer Address – Return address to use for the e-mail message
 Authentication Required – When checked, a username and password are required to access the
SMTP server.
 Username – User account for logging into the SMTP server when authentication is required
 Password – Password associated with the Username when authentication is required
4.5.8
Configuring Tape Drives
From the Configuration > Drives screen you can see and modify drive configuration.
 Drive number – Drives are numbered from the bottom of the library up beginning with one. All drives
that are currently hosting SCSI communications for the library is designated with (LUN).
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 Serial Number – The serial number assigned to the tape drive by the library. This serial number is
reported to host applications. The serial number cannot be modified.
This is not the serial number assigned to the drive by the manufacturer; the serial number assigned by
the manufacturer is shown in Manufacturer S/N.
 LTO generation
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LTO 6
 Drive form factor
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HH – half height
 Drive interface
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FC – Fibre Channel
o
SAS – Serial Attached SCSI
 (Modified) – When present indicates that a setting has been changed. To apply the changes, click
Submit. To reset all changed fields to their previously saved values, click Undo.
 Pwr – Indicates whether the drive is currently powered on or off.
 Firmware – The version of firmware currently installed on the drive.
 Manufacturer S/N – The serial number assigned to the drive when it was manufactured. Use this
serial number when working with Qualstar Service.
 Power On – Checked when the drive is powered on.
NOTE
Always power off a tape drive before removing it from the library or moving it to
a new location within the library.
 Port configuration (FC only) – Drive port configuration.
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Speed –The currently selected ◦ speed. The default is Automatic.
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Port Type
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Automatic
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Loop – Enables selection of the Addressing Mode.
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Fabric
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Addressing Mode – When Port Type is set to Loop, Addressing Mode can be set to Soft, Hard,
or Hard Autoselect.
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ALPA – When Addressing Mode is set to Hard, you can choose an ALPA address from the drop
down list.
To modify the configuration of one or more tape drives:
1. Modify any of the configurable values.
2. Click Submit.
NOTE
To configure the number of barcode characters to report to the host application
and whether to report them from the left or right end of the label, use either the
Basic Partition Wizard or Expert Partition Wizard. See “Using the Basic
Partition Wizard” or “Using the Expert Partition Wizard”.
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The Configuration > Mailslot screen lists each of the mailslots and shows whether each is enabled or
disabled. To change the state, click the button for the mailslot and then click Submit. Slots not enabled
as mailslots are available as storage slots.
4.6
Element Numbering
The library will generally display logical element numbering of modules, storage slots and tape drives
starting with number one from the bottom up.
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Left Magazine
Right Magazine, Mailslot Disabled
Right Magazine, Mailslot Enabled
Configuring Library Partitions
The library has a flexible partitioning scheme with a few key constraints:
 Each partition must have at least one tape drive. One drive in each partition will host the library LUN
for the partition.
 The maximum number of partitions is 20.
 Magazine slots are allocated in five-slot groups.
 Mailslots must be enabled for a module before they can be allocated to a partition.
A partition does not need to have a mailslot. If a partition does not have a mailslot, the magazine must
be accessed to import or export cartridges. Opening a magazine takes the library off line.
Although the mailslot magazine is shared between partitions, the mailslot elements are assigned
individually to partitions.
Wizards guide you through the partition configuration process. The wizards are only accessible from the
RMI.
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Q80 Tape Library Installation and Operations Manual  Basic Partition Wizard – You specify the number of partitions and the wizard removes the current
partition configuration and assigns the drives and storage slots as evenly as possible to the partitions.
Any extra drives or slots are assigned to the first partition.
Use the Basic Partition Wizard to configure partitions that will have similar resources or to configure
the number of barcode characters to report to the host application and whether to report them from the
left or right end of the label for a library with a single partition.
 Expert Partition Wizard – You add or remove partitions from the current partitions configuration and
then edit each partition configuration to add or remove library resources.
Use the Expert Partition Wizard to configure partitions that will have different resources or to adjust
resource assignments for existing partitions or those created with the Basic Partition Wizard.
CAUTION
The library will go off line while partitions are being configured. Ensure
that all host operations are idle before running a partition wizard.
4.6.1.1 Using the Basic Partition Wizard
1. Click Configuration > Basic Wizard to start the wizard.
The Information screen displays the existing partitions, which will be deleted by the wizard.
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2. Click Proceed and then click Next.
3. The Create Partition Scheme screen displays the number of slots, mailslots, tape drives, and
maximum available partitions for the library.
NOTE
If you want to enable or disable the mailslots, Cancel out of the wizard and
update the mailslot configuration before configuring partitioning.
4. Select the number of partitions.
5. Select the number of barcode characters reported to the host application. This option provides
interchange compatibility with libraries with more limited barcode reading capabilities. The maximum
length is 15 and the default is 8. This configuration will apply to all partitions.
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Barcode labels longer than eight characters might scan incorrectly, particularly if
they are not high quality labels.
6. Select whether to report the barcode characters from the left or right end of the barcode label to the
host application when reporting fewer than the maximum number of characters. For example, when
reporting only six characters of the barcode label 12345678, if alignment is left, the device will report
123456. If alignment is right, the device will report 345678. The default is left. Click Next.
7. The Finish Configuration screen displays the proposed allocation of library resources into partitions.
 To update the configuration, click Back.
 To have the wizard configure partition as shown, click Finish.
After the wizard reconfigures the partition, the library will come on line automatically.
 To exit the wizard, click Cancel or Exit.
TIP
You can use the Expert Partition Wizard to adjust the allocation of resources after
creating the partitions with the Basic Partition Wizard.
4.6.1.2 Using the Expert Partition Wizard
Click Configuration > Expert Wizard to start the wizard. The Create Partition Scheme screen lists the
current partitions, if any, and the free resources. Use the wizard to configure one partition at a time.
NOTE
If you want to enable or disable the mailslots, Cancel out of the wizard and
update the mailslot configuration before configuring partitioning.
1. To add a partition, click Add and then click Next.
NOTE
The Add button will only be active if there are available resources. If there are
no available resources, either edit a partition and release resources from it or
remove a partition that contains extra resources.
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2. Enter a name for the partition.
3. Select the number of barcode characters reported to the host application. This option provides
interchange compatibility with libraries with more limited barcode reading capabilities. The maximum
length is 15 and the default is 8. This configuration will apply to all partitions.
NOTE
The industry standard length for LTO barcode labels is eight characters.
Barcode labels longer than eight characters might scan incorrectly, particularly if
they are not high quality labels.
4. Select whether to report the barcode characters from the left or right end of the barcode label to the
host application when reporting fewer than the maximum number of characters. For example, when
reporting only six characters of the barcode label 12345678, if alignment is left, the device will report
123456. If alignment is right, the device will report 345678. The default is left. Click Next.
5. In the Assign Storage Slots screen, use the >> and << buttons to assign slots to the new partition
and then click Next.
6. In the Assign Mail Slots screen, use the >> and << buttons to assign mailslots to the new partition
and then click Next.
Individual mailslot elements cannot be shared between partitions. Importing or exporting cartridges in
a partition without an assigned mailslot will require magazine access, which will take the library off
line.
7. In the Assign Drives screen, use the >> and << buttons to assign drives to the new partition and
then click Next.
8. If the partition has multiple tape drives, select the drive that will host the SCSI library communication
for the partition and then click Next.
The lowest numbered drive in the partition is the default drive selected for library communication..
9. Verify the partition configuration and then click Finish.
After the wizard reconfigures the partition, the library will come on line automatically.
To remove a partition:
1. Select the partition, click Remove, and then click Next.
2. Verify that you want to remove the partition and then click Finish.
After the wizard removes the partition, the library will come on line automatically.
4.6.2
Configuring Passwords for User Accounts
From the Configuration > User Accounts screen you can set the password for the user or administrator
accounts.
 User – The user account allows access to library status information and does not allow access to
configuration, maintenance, or operation features. A password is not required for the user account.
Setting a user password restricts access to status information to only those who know the user
password.
 Administrator – Setting an administrator password provides access to the administrator functions with
the RMI or OCP, and restricts access to administrator functions to only those who know the
administrator password. The library initially has a null administrator password, which until set allows
unrestricted access to all administrative functions through the OCP but not the RMI. Once the
administrator password has been set from the OCP, it can be changed from either the OCP or RMI.
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which can include upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters.
4.6.3
Enabling SSL or SSH
Enable or disable secure access to the RMI using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or Secure Shell (SSH) from
the Configuration > Web Management screen. When SSL is enabled, connections to the RMI must use
HTTPS. The default is disabled.
When SSH is enabled, the library will only accept SSH connections. The default is enabled.
4.7
Maintaining the Library
From the Home screen click or tap on Maintenance to access the library maintenance features.
4.7.1
System Test
The system test exercises overall library functionality by moving cartridges within the library.
 During each cycle the library will move a cartridge from a full slot to an empty slot and then return it to
its original slot. You can select the number of cycles for the test. If the test is cancelled, the library will
return the cartridge to its original slot.
 The library will not move cleaning cartridges during the test.
 The test operates over the whole library and does not take into account partition configuration.
 During the test the entire library is off line.
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To run the system test:
1. Navigate to the Maintenance > Library Tests > System Test screen.
2. Select the number of cycles.
3. Select the media handling option:

Seating – The cartridge is loaded into the tape drive but is not threaded onto the take up reel.
Choose this option for a faster test.

Threading – The cartridge is loaded into the tape drive and threaded in the drive. Choose this
option for a more complete test of the tape drive mechanical operation.
4. Click Start Test.
4.7.2
Slot to Slot Test
The slot to slot test randomly exchanges cartridges between slots to verify that the library is operating
correctly. At the end of the test the cartridges are NOT returned to their original slots. If a tape is moved to
an incompatible drive, the drive will reject the tape, as designed.
CAUTION
The slot to slot test can mix cartridges between partitions. For service
and diagnostics, use the robotic test.
To run the slot to slot test, navigate to the Maintenance > Library Tests > Slot to Slot Test screen,
select the number of cycles and click Start Test.
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The element to element test moves a selected cartridge to a selected slot or tape drive, and then returns
it to the original slot. You can select the number of times to move the selected cartridge to the destination
location and back.
The element to element test is intended to show that the library is operating correctly. To diagnose
problems with the robotic assembly or verify that it has been correctly replaced, use the robotic test.
To run the element test:
1. Navigate to the Maintenance > Library Tests > Element to Element Test screen.
2. Select a cartridge from the Source Elements list.
To select from a subset of the cartridges:
a. Click Filter On.
b. Enter characters into the search box and then click Search.
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The Source Elements list is updated to only include cartridges with a barcode label including the
search characters.
3. Select a location from the Destination Elements list.
4. Select the number of cycles.
5. Click Start Test.
4.7.4
Robotic Test
The robotic test performs a full inventory and exercises all robotic assembly movements and sensors.
To run the robotic test, navigate to the Maintenance > Library Tests > Robotic Test screen, then click
Start Test.
4.7.5
OCP Test and Calibration
To test or calibrate the OCP, navigate to the Maintenance > Library Tests > OCP Test screen, select
the operation, and then click Start. Follow the instructions on the screen.
 LED test – illuminates each of the front panel LEDs
 Touch panel calibration test – allows you to calibrate the front panel touch screen
4.7.6
Viewing Log Files
To view the library log files, navigate to the Maintenance > Logs and Traces > View Logs screen and
then select one of the logs. The available logs are:
 Event Ticket Log – Records library error and warning events
 Information Log – Records library information warnings
 Configuration Log – Records configuration changes
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code, event code, severity, component identifier and event details. The format for the date and time is:
YY.MM.DD HH.MM.SS.ss.
 YY.MM.DD – The date displayed as Year.Month.Day
 HH.MM.SS.ss – The time displayed as Hour.Minute.Second.Hundredths of a second
4.7.7
Managing System Firmware
The firmware version currently installed on the library is displayed in the library status area on the Home
page. You update the library firmware from the Maintenance > Software Upgrades > System Firmware
screen.
To update library firmware from the RMI, click Choose File and select the firmware file from the local
computer.
To update the library firmware from the OCP:
1. Copy the firmware file to the USB thumb drive.
2. Insert the USB thumb drive into the USB port on the front of the library.
The library detects the USB thumb drive.
3. Select the firmware file.
4. Click Start Upgrade.
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When you update the library firmware, the library will update the firmware of the expansion modules to a
compatible version.
4.7.8
Managing Drive Firmware
Drive firmware can be updated on multiple drives of the same type at the same time. Drive firmware can
only be updated from the RMI. Each drive will only accept appropriate firmware.
To see the firmware version currently installed on the drives, navigate to the Status > Drive Status
screen.
To update drive firmware from the RMI:
1. Navigate to the Maintenance > Software Upgrades > Drive Firmware screen. The tape drives are
organized by drive type.
2. Expand the appropriate drive type and select one or more of the tape drives.
3. Click Choose File, and then select the file from the local computer.
4. Click Submit.
4.7.9
Downloading Support Tickets
From the Maintenance > Download Support Ticket screen you can download a support ticket from the
library or any of the tape drives.
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1. Expand the Drive Support Ticket List, if necessary, by clicking the down arrow on the left side.
The drive list displays:
 Drive – The drive number. Drives are numbered starting with one from the physical bottom of the
library to the top.
 Type – The drive form factor (half height or full height) and interface
 Firmware – The current drive firmware version
 Serial – The drive serial number
 Unit – The module containing the tape drive
 Partition – The logical library associated with the tape drive
2. Select the ticket to download.
 Current Ticket – Pulls and saves a new support ticket from the drive.
 Last Unload Ticket – Saves the ticket that was pulled automatically after the last cartridge was
unloaded from the drive
3. Check the drive.
4. Click Save.
To download a library support ticket:
5. Expand the Library Support Ticket area, if necessary, by clicking the down arrow on the left side.
6. Click Save.
To download a drive support ticket:
1. Expand the Library Support Ticket list, if necessary, by clicking the down arrow on the left side.
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2. Click Save.
4.7.10 Downloading Log and Trace Files
NOTE
Users and Administrators should download support tickets instead of log and
trace files because the support ticket will have complete information about each
library event and is easier to read. See “Downloading Support Tickets”.
To download the library log and trace files from the RMI, navigate to the Maintenance > Logs and
Traces > Download Logs and Traces screen and then click Save.
4.7.11 Rebooting the Library
From the Maintenance > System Reboot screen, click Reboot.
4.7.12 Controlling the UID LED
The UID LEDs are a pair of blue LEDs — one on the OCP and the other on the base module controller.
The UID LEDs are useful for identifying the library in a data center. The UID LEDs are operated
synchronously and controlled by the user. From the Maintenance > UID LED Control screen you can
see whether the LEDs are lit, and toggle the status.
4.7.13 Moving the Robotic to the Base Library Module
Before extending a module from the rack, the robotic assembly must return to its park position in the base
library module. Under normal circumstances, when the library is powered off using the front power button
the robot automatically parks and locks into the base module behind the OCP. After powering off the
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to verify that the robotic assembly is behind the OCP.
If the library did not move the robotic assembly to its park position, you can do so from the Maintenance
> Move Robotic to Base Library screen.
4.8
Operating the Library
Click or tap the Operations button on the Home screen to access the operations features.
4.8.1
Moving Media
From the Operation > Move Media screen you can move a tape cartridge located in a source element to
an available destination element within the same partition.
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 Source Elements – Tape drives, enabled mailslots, and storage slots that contain a tape cartridge
 Destination Elements – Tape drives, enabled mailslots, and storage slots that do not contain a tape
cartridge
Tape drives are listed at the top of each element list and listed in the order of their drive numbers.
Tape drives are numbered from the physical top of the library starting with Drive (1).
Slots are listed in the order of the slot numbers. Slots are numbered m.s, where m is the module number
and s is the slot within the module.
4.8.1.1 Filtering Based on Barcode
To see a subset of the cartridges in the library, enter some or all of the barcode label characters in the
search area and click Search. The Source Element list updates to display only the cartridges with labels
that include the characters in the search box.
To perform a different search or display all of the available cartridges, click Barcode Filter Off.
4.8.1.2 Moving a Cartridge
1. Select the cartridge from Source Elements.
2. Select the destination location from Destination Elements.
3. Click Submit.
4.8.2
Opening the Mailslot
From the Operation > Open Mailslot screen you can see the status and unlock any enabled mailslot in
the library.
To open a mailslot, click Unlock for the appropriate mailslot and then click Submit. The library will
release the lock. You can then pull the mailslot out of the library to access the mailslot.
NOTE
The mailslot will relock after 30 seconds.
The mailslot must be enabled before it can be opened. To enable a mailslot, see “Enabling or Disabling
Mailslots”.
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or any portion of your body into the interior of the library through the
mailslot safety door.
Opening a Magazine
From the Operation > Open Magazine screen you can unlock any magazine or enabled mailslot in the
library.
To unlock a magazine, click Unlock for the magazine and then click Submit. The library will release the
lock. You can then open the door and pull the magazine out of the library to access the storage slots.
NOTE
 Opening a magazine will take the library off-line.
 The magazines will relock after 30 seconds.
4.8.4
Cleaning a Tape Drive
From the Operation > Clean Drive screen you can initiate a drive cleaning operation.
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1. Select a cleaning cartridge from the Source Elements list. The library uses the barcode label to
identify cleaning cartridges.
If no cleaning cartridges are available, load one into a mailslot or magazine slot.
2. Select the tape drive to be cleaned from the Destination Elements list.
Tape drives currently containing a cartridge are not listed. To clean a tape drive not listed, move the
cartridge out of the drive.
3. Click Submit
4.8.5
Rescanning the Cartridge Inventory
To have the library rescan the cartridges, navigate to the Operation > Rescan screen and click Rescan.
The library will change to Scanning status and will be unavailable to perform other operations until the
scan is complete.
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The force drive media eject operation attempts to force the tape drive to eject the cartridge and place it
into an open slot. Access to this feature requires the administrator password.
Before performing this option, Qualstar recommends that you attempt to eject the tape using the backup
software or library move media operation. While a drive is being force ejected, a window indicating the
process is ongoing should appear. No operations will be available until the force eject completes.
NOTE
If the drive has difficulty ejecting the cartridge, the media is possibly bad or
damaged.
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1. Navigate to the Operation > Force Drive Media Eject screen.
2. Select the drive in the Source Elements list.
3. Select the destination in the Destination Elements list.
4. Click Submit.
4.9
Viewing Status Information
To access the status area, from the Home screen, click or tap Status.
4.9.1
Viewing Library and Module Status
Summary information and status is displayed in the top banner and left side bar. For additional library
module configuration and status information navigate to the Status > Library Status screen.
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 Vendor – Always QUALSTAR
 Serial Number – Library serial number
 Robotic Hardware Revision
 Barcode Reader Hardware Revision
 WWide Node Name – A worldwide unique identifier that the library reports over SCSI and can be
used by operating systems or software applications to identify and track the library.
 Product ID – Always Q80
 Firmware Revision – Version of the currently installed library firmware
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 Robotic Firmware Revision – Version of the currently installed robotic assembly firmware. The
robotic assembly firmware is bundled and installed with the library firmware.
 Barcode Reader Firmware Revision – Version of the currently installed barcode reader firmware. The
barcode reader firmware is bundled and installed with the library firmware.
Library Status
 Library Status
o
Idle – The library robotic is ready to perform an action.
o
Moving – The library robotic is moving a cartridge.
o
Scanning – The library robotic is performing an inventory of cartridges.
o
Offline – The library robotic has been taken off line by the library.
 Cartridge in Transport – When applicable, displays the barcode label of the cartridge currently in the
robotic assembly
 Total Power On Time – Total time that the base module has been powered on since it was
manufactured
 Odometer – Robotic assembly move count
Module status
 Base Controller Revision or Module Controller Revision – Hardware revision of the controller
board currently installed in the module.
 Left Drive Power Board Status – Status of the drive power board (DC-DC converter) for the top three
half-height drive slots in the module.
 Right Drive Power Board Status – Status of the drive power board (DC-DC converter) for the lower
three half-height drive slots in the module.
 Power Supply Status – Displays the status of power redundancy.
4.9.2
Using Inventory Lists
The inventory lists display each of the elements, such as slots and tape drives, with information about the
cartridge stored in the element. To see the elements organized by module, from Status, navigate to
Cartridge Inventory→List View. To see the elements organized by logical library or partition, from
Status, navigate to Partition map→List View.
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 Module – The module number
 Slot # – The slot number in the form <module>.<slot>, where module is the module number and slot is
the slot number
 Label – Barcode label
 Full – X if a cartridge is using the element
 Gen – LTO generation of the cartridge
 Partition – The partition number
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4.9.2.1 Filtering by Barcode Label
To filter the list based on barcode label, enter characters in the filter box and then click Search.
1. CIick Filter On.
The search box is displayed.
2. Enter characters into the search box and then click Search.
The characters can be anywhere in the barcode label. The search characters are not case
sensitive. There are no wildcards.
To disable filtering, click Filter Off.
4.9.2.2 Listing Just Drives or Cartridges
To limit the list to tape drives, click Drives.
To limit the list to cartridges, click Cartridges.
To see all elements, click Partition or Slots.
4.9.2.3 Viewing Elements by Group
When the list is grouped, you can expand or contract the list for each group by clicking the triangle next to
the number in the first column. Grouping is enabled by default.
To disable grouping, click Group Off.
To enable grouping, click Group On.
4.9.3
Viewing Drive Status
In the Status> Drive Status screen you can see the configuration and status of each drive installed in the
library.
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Viewing Network Status
In the Status > Network screen you can see:
 Host Name – Library hostname
 Domain Name
 Protocol – IPV4 or IPv6
 MAC Address – A unique identifier for the library controller network interface
 Link Status – Enabled or disabled
 Link Speed – Speed of the Ethernet connection to the library
 Duplex – Enabled or disabled
IPv4 settings
 DHCP – When Enabled, the library requests an IP address from a DHCP server each time the library
is powered on.
 Address – IP address in use by the library. If DHCP is enabled, this address was obtained from the
DHCP server. When DHCP is not enabled, the address was configured.
 Netmask – The network mask of the library controller used when DHCP is not enabled.
 Gateway – The gateway used when DHCP is not enabled.
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 DNS 2
IPv6 settings
 Stateless Addressing – When Enabled, the device will generate an address for itself based on the
routing information obtained from a router advertisement and the MAC address. The device can
manage up to five global addresses at the same time, which can be assigned from different routers.
 Static Addressing – When Enabled, the library will use a statically-configured address.
 Static Assigned Address – The IPv6 address when Static Addressing Enabled is On.
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Upgrading and Servicing the Library
5.1
Tools Required
 #2 Phillips Screwdriver – securing or removing the round-hole rack adapter bracket, securing retention
inserts in square-hole racks
 Small Flat Head or Torx Screwdriver – retracting the locking screen when moving a library cover,
using the magazine manual release
 T10 Torx Screwdriver – removing drive bay covers
 Small Flat Head Screwdriver – removing a magazine access door
 Clip Nut Installation Tool – inserting or removing clip nuts in square-hole racks while installing or
removing rack rails
5.2
Identifying a Failed Component
Using the OCP or RMI:
1. Activate the UID (Unit Identification) LEDs from the Maintenance→UID LED Control screen. This
will illuminate the blue LED on the front and rear of the base module to identify the library containing
the failed component.
2. Identify the module within the library that contains the failed component:
a. In the upper left corner of the Home screen, locate the module that indicates an error.
b. Click or tap the module for information on the failed component.
NOTE
5.3
If dealing with a failed drive power board, there are two drive power boards in
each module; the screen will indicate whether the left or right drive power board
(as seen from the rear of the library) has failed. On the failed board itself, the
amber LED might be illuminated and visible through the fan grating.
Installing or Replacing a Tape Drive
WARNING
5.3.1
Only individuals who are informed about the procedures and risks
should replace or upgrade this tape drive assembly. Read all
troubleshooting documentation and procedures before proceeding with
repair or upgrade procedures. Hazardous moving parts exist inside this
product. Do not insert tools or any portion of your body into the drive bay
openings.
Removing a Tape Drive
If you are replacing a tape drive:
 Make sure the tape cartridge has been removed from the tape drive. Use the operator control panel
(OCP) or the remote management interface (RMI) to move the cartridge to a storage slot or mailslot.
 If you are replacing the tape drive in a single drive unit or the master drive in a multi-drive unit, verify
that backups are not occurring on the drive you are replacing. If backups are occurring on the master
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being replaced.
1. Use the OCP or RMI to power off the tape drive. See 4.5.8 for instructions on configuring tape drives.
2. Verify that the tape drive assembly LED is off, and then remove the FC or SAS cable from the tape
drive.
3. Loosen the blue captive thumbscrews on the tape drive. Pull straight back on the tape drive handle
while supporting the bottom of the drive to remove it from the unit
CAUTION
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Removing a Drive Bay Cover
If you are adding at tape drive:
1. Identify the location for the tape drive. If this is the first tape drive, install it in the bottom drive bay.
Otherwise, install the new drive in the next higher drive location. Drives always install from bottom to
top.
2. Using a Torx 10 screwdriver, remove one drive bay cover to install a half-height LTO drive.
5.3.3
Installing a Tape Drive
1. Align and slowly insert the new tape drive into the drive bay while supporting the drive assembly. The
tape drive should be flush with the back panel of the device.
2. Tighten the captive thumbscrews with your fingers until the tape drive is secure.
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1. Attach the HBA end of the SAS cable into the connector on the HBA. If you are using a SAS fanout
cable, the end of the cable with only one connector should be plugged into the HBA.
2. Connect the drive end of the cable.
 If you are using a cable with a single connector on each end, attach the other end into the
connector on the tape drive.
 If you are using a SAS fanout cable, attach one mini-SAS connector into the connector on each
tape drive. The unused ends of the SAS fanout cable are single channel and not suitable for use
with disk arrays. Use the other ends to connect tape drives, or coil and secure them to the rack to
minimize stress on the connectors.
NOTE
Each of the tape drives uses one channel and the Qualstar fanout cable
recommended for use with the library maps each of the four channels from the
HBA to one channel on the drive end.
You can plug any of the four drive connectors into any tape drive.
TIP
If you are not using a SAS cable specified for the library, do not force a SAS cable's
mini-SAS connector into the tape drive mini-SAS connector because it might be
keyed differently.
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SAS signal rates require clean connections between the HBA and tape drive. Do
not use adapters or converters between the HBA and the tape drive. For reliable
operation, use a maximum SAS cable length of six meters.
Connecting the Fibre Channel Cables
1. Remove the FC port caps if necessary. Attach one end of the FC cable to port A on the tape drive.
2. Attach the other end of the FC cable to a switch or HBA.
5.3.6
Configuring the FC Interface
If you are replacing an existing FC tape drive, skip this step.
It is recommended that you leave the FC port at the default settings of Port Speed: Automatic and Port
Type: Auto Detect. With these settings, the tape drive will use the appropriate configuration.
5.3.7
Verifying the Installation
1. Power on the drive from the OCP or RMI, if necessary.
2. Confirm that the library recognizes the new tape drive by checking the OCP or RMI. The new drive
should appear in the module status overview area on the left side of the screen.
3. Use the RMI or OCP to verify that the tape drive has the current firmware. Update the firmware if
necessary.
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WARNING
Product Weight
Each Q80 module weighs more than 40 kg (88 lbs) without drives or
tapes and more than 70 kg (144 lbs) with 6 tape drives and 80 tapes.
Risk of personal injury
Before moving or lifting a library:
 Observe local health and safety requirements and guidelines for
manual material handling.
 Remove all tapes to reduce the weight and to prevent cartridges from
falling into the robotics path and damaging the library.
 Remove all tape drives to reduce the weight.
 Obtain adequate assistance to lift and stabilize the library during
installation or removal.
Risk of damage to devices
When placing a library into or removing the library from a rack:
 Extend the rack’s levelling jacks to the floor.
 Ensure that the full weight of the rack rests on the levelling jacks.
 Install stabilizing feet on the rack.
 Extend only one rack component at a time.
CAUTION
Static Sensitive
Risk of damage to devices
 A discharge of static electricity damages static-sensitive devices or
micro circuitry.
 Proper packaging and grounding techniques are necessary
precautions to prevent damage.
5.4.1
Overview
To install this expansion module, you will:
1. Clear space in the rack, if necessary, and then install the rack rails.
2. Transfer the library top or bottom cover to the expansion module.
3. Install the expansion module in the rack and align the module with the library.
4. Plug in the cables and verify the installation.
You will need a small flat head or Torx screwdriver, a #2 Phillips screwdriver, and a clip nut installation
tool.
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Powering Off the Library
Power off the library from the front panel. Depress the power button and hold it for 3 seconds. If the
library does not perform a soft shutdown, depress and hold the power button for 10 seconds.
Verify that the robotic assembly is in its parked position. Look inside the base module window to verify
that the robotic assembly is behind the OCP.
Verify that all host processes are idle.
5.4.3
Moving a Cover to the New Module
The library has removable top and bottom covers. When adding a module, you must move either the top
or the bottom cover to the new module. The two covers are identical and the process for removing and
installing them is the same for the top and bottom of the module. See “Preparing the Top and Bottom
Modules” for details; while this procedure refers to moving a cover from the base module, the information
is the same for moving a cover from an expansion module.
5.4.4
Installing the Module in the Rack
1. Extend the middle rails until they lock into place. Move the sliding assembly to the front of the middle
rails.
2. Slide the inner rails, which are attached to the module, into the middle rails. Slide the module into the
rack.
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is contained within the correct 6U volume. The gap between modules must be less than 4 mm.
4. Use your fingers to tighten the captive fastener on each side of the module. After the fasteners are
snug, loosen them two full turns to allow adjustment room during the alignment process.
5.4.5
Aligning and Connecting the Module
Aligning the new module with the library ensures that the robot can move freely between the modules.
The library will not operate unless the alignment mechanism is in the locked position. See “Aligning and
Connecting Modules” for details.
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Connect the Power Cords
Plug the power cords into the two power supplies in the new module.
TIP
5.4.7
The module has dual redundant power supplies. To increase redundancy, plug
each power cord into a different AC power circuit.
Verifying the Installation and Configuration
Verify that the library powers on and initializes correctly, and that the status is Ready. From the OCP or
RMI, verify that the new module is visible.
Check the library configuration settings related to the additional storage slots, mailslots, and tape drives,
and update if necessary.
The expansion module will operate using the existing library firmware. It is recommended that you always
update the library to the latest firmware version.
You can update firmware from the RMI or OCP Maintenance > Software Upgrades > System Firmware
screen.
5.5
Moving the Library
When moving a library module within the rack, to a different rack, or in a rack to a different physical
location, care must be taken to avoid personal injury and damage to the module.
WARNING
Product Weight
Each Q80 module weighs more than 40 kg (88 lbs) without drives or
tapes and more than 70 kg (144 lbs) with 6 tape drives and 80 tapes.
Risk of personal injury
Before moving or lifting a library:
 Observe local health and safety requirements and guidelines for
manual material handling.
 Remove all tapes to reduce the weight and to prevent cartridges from
falling into the robotics path and damaging the library.
 Remove all tape drives to reduce the weight.
 Obtain adequate assistance to lift and stabilize the library during
installation or removal.
Risk of damage to devices
When placing a library into or removing the library from a rack:
 Extend the rack’s levelling jacks to the floor.
 Ensure that the full weight of the rack rests on the levelling jacks.
 Install stabilizing feet on the rack.
 Extend only one rack component at a time.
To move a module within a rack or into a different rack:
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2. Remove the tape cartridges from the tape drives and magazines, and power off the library.
3. Disconnect the power cords and cables, and unlock the alignment mechanisms.
CAUTION
Failure to disconnect all cables can result to damage to the cable
and/or the mating electronic assembly in the library.
4. Remove the modules from the rack.
5. Remove the rack rails from the rack.
6. Verify that the destination rack is level side to side and front to back.
7. Install the rack rails in the destination rack.
8. Install the modules in the rack.
9. Replace the cables and lock the alignment mechanisms.
10. Connect the power cords, power on the library, and verify the operation.
11. Replace the tape cartridges.
For instructions for these steps, see “Replacing a Module” and “Installing the Library”.
5.6
Replacing a Power Supply
CAUTION
Static Sensitive
Risk of damage to devices
 A discharge of static electricity damages static-sensitive devices or
micro circuitry.
 Proper packaging and grounding techniques are necessary
precautions to prevent damage.
5.6.1
Identifying the Failed Component
See the OCP or RMI Home screen to identify the failed component. Activate the UID LEDs from the
Maintenance > UID LED Control screen to locate the library in the data center. For detailed instructions,
see “Identifying a Failed Component”.
5.6.2
Preparing to Remove the Power Supply
1. Locate the failed power supply on the rear of the library by the LEDs; either the amber LED (2) will be
lit or all three LEDs will be unlit.
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2. Unplug the AC power cord from the power supply you are replacing.
5.6.3
Removing the Power Supplies
1. Loosen the three blue captive thumbscrews with your fingers on the power supply.
2. Using the thumbscrews (one on each side), slowly pull the power supply approximately 10 cm (4
inches) from the back of the library.
3. Use one hand to completely remove the power supply from the module while using the other hand to
support the bottom.
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1. Position the new power supply onto the alignment rails.
2. Slide the power supply into the library until it is flush with the back panel of the library.
3. Tighten the blue captive thumbscrews with your fingers to secure it to the library.
4. Attach the AC power cord to the new power supply.
5.6.5
Verifying the Power Supply Installation and Operation
1. Verify that the new power supply is operating properly by checking the power supply LEDs:
 The white (1) and green (3) LEDs should be lit.
 The amber (2) LED should be unlit.
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2. Using the OCP or RMI, confirm that the power supply is operating correctly; the event that indicated
the power supply was faulty should be cleared.
3. If the UID LEDs are still illuminated, deactivate them using the OCP or RMI.
5.7
Replacing a Controller Board
5.7.1
Identifying the Failed Component
CAUTION
 Parts can be damaged by electrostatic discharge. Keep parts in
electrostatic containers until needed. Ensure you are properly
grounded when touching static sensitive components.
 You must power off the library to install or replace this part or
damage may occur.
!
Important
Do not replace both the base chassis and the base module controller
with repair components in the same procedure. The firmware will not
allow the library to operate if both components are replaced at the same
time. The library WWID and serial number are saved in the controller
and within the chassis. When one is replaced, the data from the original
component is transferred to the repair component. If replacing both the
base chassis and base module controller, you must power cycle the
library between component replacements.
See the OCP or RMI Home screen to identify the failed component. Activate the UID LEDs from the
Maintenance > UID LED Control screen to locate the library in the data center. For detailed instructions,
see "Identifying a Failed Component".
5.7.2
Saving the Configuration
The library configuration settings are on the library chassis and will be restored automatically when the
controller is replaced. However, Qualstar recommends saving the configuration settings before removing
the controller board. See "Saving the Library Configuration to a File" for instructions on saving
configuration settings to a file or USB flash drive via the OCP or RMI.
5.7.3
Powering Off the Library
Power off the library from the front panel. Depress the power button and hold it for 3 seconds. If the
library does not perform a soft shutdown, depress and hold the power button for 10 seconds.
Verify that the robotic assembly is in its parked position. Look inside the base module window to verify
that the robotic assembly is behind the OCP.
Verify that all host processes are idle.
5.7.4
Preparing to Remove the Controller Board
1. Unplug the AC power cables from the module containing the failed controller.
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connect to other modules, if present.
3. Remove the Ethernet cables and the USB device, if present. (An expansion module will not have
Ethernet or USB ports.)
5.7.5
Removing the Base or Expansion Module Controller
1. Loosen the two blue captive thumbscrews on the controller.
2. Using the thumbscrews, slowly remove the controller from the library.
5.7.6
Installing the Base or Expansion Module Controller
1. Position the new controller on the alignment rails.
2. Slide the controller slowly into the library until it is flush with the back panel of the library.
3. Tighten the blue captive thumbscrews with your fingers to secure it to the library.
4. Replace the expansion interconnect cables, the Ethernet cable, and the USB device removed
previously.
5. Plug in the AC power cables.
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Verifying the base or expansion module controller installation
1. Using the OCP or RMI, click or tap Status > Hardware Monitoring to view the controller status.
2. Using the OCP or RMI, check for events; the event that indicated the controller was faulty should be
cleared.
3. Verify that the library has the most up-to-date firmware revision. To find the version of firmware
installed on the library, check the upper left corner of the OCP or RMI.
4. If replacing the base module controller, upgrade the firmware if necessary.
Update the firmware from the RMI Maintenance > Software Upgrades > System Firmware
screen.
5. If replacing the base module controller, restore the previous settings by restoring them from a file of
saved settings, or by entering them using the OCP or RMI.
!
IMPORTANT
If you are asked whether or not to retain the serial number, always
select Yes.
6. If the UID LEDs are still illuminated, deactivate them using the OCP or RMI.
7. Resume the host applications.
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Power on the library by pressing the power button on the base module just below the OCP; the green
light will illuminate. When the library is powered on, it inventories the tape cartridges in the magazines,
checks the firmware version on all modules, configures the tape drives, confirms the presence of the
existing modules, and searches for any new modules.
5.8
Replacing the Chassis Fan
CAUTION
5.8.1
Parts can be damaged by electrostatic discharge. Keep parts in
electrostatic containers until needed. Ensure you are properly
grounded when touching static sensitive components.
Identifying the Failed Component
See the OCP or RMI Home screen to identify the failed component. Activate the UID LEDs from the
Maintenance > UID LED Control screen to locate the library in the data center. For detailed instructions,
see "Identifying a Failed Component".
5.8.2
Removing the Chassis Fan Assembly
1. Loosen the two blue captive thumbscrews on the chassis fan assembly.
2. Using the thumbscrews, slowly remove the chassis fan assembly from the library.
5.8.3
Installing the New Chassis Fan Assembly
1. Align the tabs on the library with the slots at the top of the chassis fan assembly.
2. Push in the chassis fan assembly until it is flush with the back panel of the library. Tighten the blue
captive thumbscrews with your fingers to secure the assembly to the library.
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Verifying the Chassis Fan Assembly Installation
1. Verify that the new chassis fan assembly is installed properly by checking the OCP or RMI; the event
that indicated the chassis fan assembly was faulty should be cleared.
2. If the UID LEDs are still illuminated, deactivate them using the OCP or RMI.
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CAUTION
5.9.1
Parts can be damaged by electrostatic discharge. Keep parts in
electrostatic containers until needed. Ensure you are properly
grounded when touching static sensitive components.
Identifying the failed component
See the OCP or RMI Home screen to identify the failed component. Activate the UID LEDs from the
Maintenance > UID LED Control screen to locate the library in the data center. For detailed instructions,
see "Identifying a Failed Component".
5.9.2
Powering off the library
Power off the library from the front panel. Depress the power button and hold it for 3 seconds. If the
library does not perform a soft shutdown, depress and hold the power button for 10 seconds.
Verify that the robotic assembly is in its parked position. Look inside the base module window to verify
that the robotic assembly is behind the OCP.
Verify that all host processes are idle.
5.9.3
Preparing to remove the drive power board
Unplug the AC power cords from the module containing the failed drive power board.
5.9.4
Removing the chassis fan assembly and drive power boards
1. Loosen the two blue captive thumbscrews on the chassis fan assembly.
2. Using the thumbscrews, slowly remove the chassis fan assembly from the library.
3. Slowly slide the drive power board out of the library.
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Installing the New Drive Power Board
1. Position the new drive power board onto the alignment rails.
2. Slide the drive power board into the library until seated firmly.
3. Push the latch up until it snaps into place; when the drive power board is installed correctly, the latch
will not be loose.
4. Align the tabs on the library with the slots at the top of the chassis fan assembly.
5. Push in the chassis fan assembly until it is flush with the back panel of the library.
6. Tighten the blue captive thumbscrews with your fingers to secure it to the library.
7. Plug in the AC power cords disconnected previously.
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Powering On the Library
Power on the library by pressing the power button on the base module just below the OCP; the green
light will illuminate. When the library is powered on, it inventories the tape cartridges in the magazines,
checks the firmware version on all modules, configures the tape drives, confirms the presence of the
existing modules, and searches for any new modules.
5.9.7
Verifying the Drive Power Board Installation
1. Verify that all drives that are present are powered on:
a. Check the OCP or RMI for events.
b. From the back of the library, verify that the green LED on each drive is illuminated.
2. Verify that the new drive power board is operating properly by checking the OCP or RMI; the event
that indicated the drive power board was faulty should be cleared.
3. If the UID LEDs are still illuminated, deactivate them using the OCP or RMI.
4. Resume the host applications.
5.10 Replacing a Magazine
5.10.1 Unlocking the Magazine
Unlock the magazine using the OCP or RMI. If these methods fail, or if a magazine needs to be removed
when the power to the device is off, you can release the magazine manually. Only one magazine or
mailslot can be open at a time
NOTE
As a best practice, perform this procedure while applications are idle. While
the magazine is extended, the library robotic assembly cannot move media
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1. Log in as an administrator.
2. On the Home screen, tap Open Magazine.
3. Tap Unlock in the left or right magazine column within the module containing the magazine to be
replaced.
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4. Tap Submit. A message box indicates when the magazine has been unlocked.
5. Tap OK to close the message. The Open Magazine screen shows that the magazine is now
unlocked.
NOTE
If not removed, the magazines and the mailslot will relock after 30 seconds.
Using the RMI
1. Log in as an administrator.
2. On the Home screen, click Open Magazine.
3. Click Unlock in the left or right magazine column within the module containing the magazine to be
replaced.
4. Click Submit. A message box indicates the magazine has been unlocked.
5. Click OK to close the message. The Open Magazine screen shows that the magazine is now
unlocked.
NOTE
The magazines and the mailslot will relock again after 30 seconds.
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1. Open the magazine access door.
2. Insert a small flat head screwdriver or Torx driver into the appropriate magazine release hole and
gently push the tab in.
!
IMPORTANT
Do not exert force once you encounter resistance. Doing so can
damage the device.
3. Slowly pull the magazine handle until the magazine is free of the latch.
5.10.2 Removing the Tape Cartridges
1. Slowly pull the magazine handle until the magazine is fully extended.
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2. Remove the tape cartridges noting their locations within the magazine. You will place them in the
same locations in the new magazine after it is installed.
5.10.3 Removing the Magazine
1. Push the magazine approximately 12 mm (0.5 inches) back into the module to remove tension from
the release mechanism.
2. On the back side of the magazine, while pushing the two red latches toward the front of the rack slide
the magazine until clear of the release mechanism.
3. Use one hand to completely remove the magazine from the module while using the other hand to
support the bottom.
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1. Position the upper and lower magazine rails onto the alignment rails.
2. Push in slowly until the magazine rails are properly seated and the magazine is only slightly extended
(stop before locking the magazine).
3. Pull the magazine back out until fully extended.
4. Load the tape cartridges into the new magazine in the same locations they were in previously.
5. Push the magazine handle slowly until the magazine release latch snaps into place. The magazine
locks into place after it is correctly installed.
5.10.5 Verifying the Magazine Installation and Operation
Using the OCP or RMI:
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1. Confirm that the replaced magazine is closed.
2. Confirm that the cartridges in the replaced magazine are inventoried. If you replaced the right
magazine, confirm that the cartridges in the mailslot are inventoried.
3. If you replaced the right magazine, unlock the mailslot using the OCP or RMI, pull it out, and push it
back in.
5.11
Replacing a module
Product Weight
WARNING
Each Q80 module weighs more than 40 kg (88 lbs) without drives or
tapes and more than 70 kg (144 lbs) with 6 tape drives and 80 tapes.
Risk of personal injury
Before moving or lifting a library:
 Observe local health and safety requirements and guidelines for
manual material handling.
 Remove all tapes to reduce the weight and to prevent cartridges from
falling into the robotics path and damaging the library.
 Remove all tape drives to reduce the weight.
 Obtain adequate assistance to lift and stabilize the library during
installation or removal.
Risk of damage to devices
When placing a library into or removing the library from a rack:
 Extend the rack’s levelling jacks to the floor.
 Ensure that the full weight of the rack rests on the levelling jacks.
 Install stabilizing feet on the rack.
 Extend only one rack component at a time.
CAUTION
Parts can be damaged by electrostatic discharge. Keep parts in
electrostatic containers until needed. Ensure you are properly
grounded when touching static sensitive components.
5.11.1 Overview
To replace the module, you will:
1. Save the library configuration.
2. Remove tape cartridges and power off the library.
3. Remove all the components from the module and disconnect the power cords and cables.
4. Remove the module from the rack.
5. Install the replacement module into the rack.
6. Replace the components and cables.
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8. Replace the tape cartridges.
You will need a T-10 Torx screwdriver to remove the drive bay covers and a small flat head screwdriver.
Have several static safe bags available for the boards being moved to the replacement chassis.
Before beginning this replacement procedure
Ensure that the rack is level side to side and front to back.
Verify that any applications using the library are idle.
CAUTION
If the temperature in the room where the replacement module will
be installed varies by 150 C (300 F) from the room where it was
stored, allow it to acclimate to the surrounding environment for at
least 12 hours before unpacking it from the shipping container.
5.11.2 Saving the Configuration
The library configuration settings are on the library chassis and will be restored automatically when the
controller is replaced. However, Qualstar recommends saving the configuration settings before removing
the controller board. See "Saving the library configuration to a file" (page 39) for instructions on saving
configuration settings to a file or USB flash drive via the OCP or RMI.
5.11.3 Unlocking the Magazine
Unlock the magazine using the OCP or RMI. If these methods fail, or if a magazine needs to be removed
when the power to the device is off, you can release the magazine manually. Only one magazine or
mailslot can be open at a time. For detailed instructions, see "Unlocking the magazine" (page 96).
NOTE
As a best practice, perform this procedure while applications are idle. While
the magazine is extended, the library robotic assembly cannot move media.
5.11.4 Removing the Tape Cartridges
Remove the tape cartridges noting their locations within the magazine. You will place them in the same
locations in the new magazine after it is installed. For detailed instructions, see "Removing the tape
cartridges" (page 98).
5.11.5 Powering Off the Library
Power off the library from the front panel. Depress the power button and hold it for 3 seconds. If the
library does not perform a soft shutdown, depress and hold the power button for 10 seconds.
Verify that the robotic assembly is in its parked position. Look inside the base module window to verify
that the robotic assembly is behind the OCP.
Verify that all host processes are idle.
5.11.6 Removing the Module Cables
1. Remove the power cords from the module being replaced.
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2. Remove the expansion interconnect cables from the module being replaced and from the modules
connected to it.
NOTE
Completely removing the cables from both ends prevents damaging the
expansion interconnect cables during module removal and replacement.
3. Remove any SAS, FC, or Ethernet cables from the module being replaced.
4. Remove the USB device, if present.
5.11.7 Removing the Tape Drives
Remove any tape drives from the module being replaced. The library tracks the drive locations and will
issue events if the drives aren't in the expected locations. Note the drive locations so they can be
replaced in the same order and drive bays.
1. Use your fingers to loosen the blue captive thumbscrews on the tape drive.
2. Pull straight back on the tape drive handle while supporting the bottom of the drive to remove it from
the module.
CAUTION
Support the bottom of the tape drive when removing it to avoid
damaging any of the internal connections.
5.11.8 Removing the Module from the Rack
Obtain assistance to lift and stabilize the module during removal and replacement.
1. If you are removing a module that has a module immediately above and/or below it:
a. From the front of the library, use your fingers to loosen the captive thumbscrews two full
turns on the module and its adjacent modules.
b. From the back of the library, unlock the alignment mechanisms connecting the module with
the adjacent modules and secure the alignment mechanisms in the unlocked position.
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3. With assistance, release the locks on the side of the rails and slide the module out of the rack.
CAUTION
Support the module from the sides to avoid damaging it.
5.11.9 Moving Library Cover Plates
Unpack the replacement module and place it on a sturdy work surface. Save the packaging materials to
return the empty module.
The library has removable top and bottom cover plates. The two covers are identical and the process for
removing and installing them is the same for the top and bottom of the module. See "Preparing the Top
and Bottom Modules" for details; while this procedure refers to moving a cover from the base module,
the information is the same for moving a cover from an expansion module.
The replacement module is shipped with a bottom cover plate but not a top cover plate. Move the cover
plates as necessary so the replacement module has the cover plates in the same location as the empty
module and the empty module has a bottom cover plate.
5.11.10
Installing the Module into the Rack
1. Extend the middle rails until they lock into place. Move the sliding assembly to the front of the middle
rails.
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2. Slide the inner rails, which are attached to the module, into the middle rails. Slide the module into the
rack.
3. Use your fingers to tighten the captive thumbscrew on each side of the module.
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a. From the front of the library, use your fingers to loosen the captive thumbscrews on the
replacement module and all modules above it two full turns.
b. From the back of the library, starting with the replacement module and the one below it,
align the modules and lock them together. Repeat for each pair of modules.
c. Use your fingers to loosen the thumbscrew on the alignment mechanism that will connect
the upper module with the lower module.
d. Lower the alignment mechanism. If you encounter resistance, adjust the upper module so
the pin in the alignment mechanism moves into the hole in the lower module. When the
alignment mechanism is in the locked position, tighten the thumbscrew with your fingers.
e. From the front of the library, tighten the thumbscrews on all modules with your fingers.
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Replacing the Module Components and Cables
Replace the module components by reversing the removal procedures. Align the components carefully in
the guide slots and only tighten thumbscrews with your fingers. If the thumbscrews cannot be tightened
easily, verify that the component is aligned properly.
1. Replace the drive power boards and chassis fan assembly.
2. Replace the controller board.
3. Replace the tape drives in the same locations.
TIP
To assist in aligning the drive, only remove the drive bay covers for one drive at a
time.
4. Replace the power supplies.
5. Reattach any SAS, FC, expansion interconnect, and Ethernet cables removed earlier.
6. Reinsert the USB device if you removed it earlier.
7. Reattach the power cords.
5.11.12
Verifying the Library Configuration
Power on the library by pressing the button just below the OCP.
Verify that the library initializes correctly and that the status is Ready. Verify that the replacement module
is visible in the OCP or RMI.
Under normal operation the library configuration is saved on the base module controller.
Replace the tape cartridges in the same locations.
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CAUTION
6.1
This library is designed to operate when installed in a rack using the
rack rail kit. Operating the library without installing it in the rails, such as
on a table or rack shelf, could result in library errors. Placing any weight
on top of the library might also cause errors.
Fibre Channel Connection Problems
Use the Status> Drive Status screen to check the link connection for your tape drive.
If the screen shows Logged Out:
 Check that the Fibre speed is set to Automatic or that the correct Fibre speed is selected. If you are
unsure of the speed of the HBA or switch that the drive is connected to, try Automatic.
 Check that the correct port type, fabric or loop, is selected. Loop requires additional configuration. If
you are unsure of the correct port type, try Automatic.
If the screen shows No Link, the Speed Status is - and the Link LED on the back of the drive is off:
 The speed is probably set incorrectly. Try setting the speed to Automatic.
 If there are still issues, change the port type to Auto Detect. If the screen shows No Light:
 The cable is not plugged in correctly. Check that it is connected correctly to Port A of the tape drive.
 The cable is damaged. FC cables are delicate. If the cable has been bent or twisted sharply, it might
be broken and must be replaced.
If the screen shows ALPA Conflict:
 There might be a conflict with the ALPA address on Loop ports. Select Soft for the Loop mode to allow
the system to select an available address each time the tape drive connects to the FC fabric. If your
server configuration does not support changing addresses, try using the Hard Auto-Select option for
the Loop mode. This allows the system to select an available address when it first connects, and then
retain that address for future connections.
6.2
Detection Problems after Installing a SAS Drive
Problems encountered after installation are often caused by improper SAS cable connections, application
software configuration errors, or an incorrectly configured operating system. If the application software or
operating system does not communicate with the library after installation, determine the extent of the
detection problem:
 Does the application software detect the tape drive?
 Does the application software detect the library?
 Does the operating system detect the tape drive?
 Does the operating system detect the library?
 Does the operating system detect the library, but list it as a generic device? Based on the extent of the
detection problem, check the following:
 If neither the application software nor operating system detects the tape drive, or they do not detect
both the tape drive and the library:
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Verify that all SAS cables are securely connected on both ends. If the mini-SAS connectors that
connect to the tape drive and some HBAs will not plug in, check the key. The mini-SAS connector
on the tape drive is keyed at location four, which is the standard location for end devices. If the
connector on the cable is keyed in a different location, not only will the connector not plug in, but
the cable probably will not work.
o
Check the length and integrity of your SAS cabling. For reliable operation, do not use a SAS
cable longer than six meters. Do not use a cable adapter or converters between the HBA and the
library.
o
Check the SAS connectors for damage or debris.
o
Verify that your HBA is supported by the host computer and qualified with the library.
o
Verify that your HBA has the latest firmware.
 If the application software or operating system detects the tape drive, but not the library:
o
Verify that multiple LUN support is enabled on the HBA. The library uses two Logical Unit
Numbers (LUNs) to control the tape drive (LUN 0) and robotic (LUN 1). The library requires an
HBA with multiple LUN support and multiple LUN support must be enabled on the host computer.
When multiple LUN support is not enabled, the host computer can see the tape drive, but not the
library.
NOTE
Many RAID or array controllers do not provide multiple LUN support.
 If the application software or operating system does not detect any devices on the HBA:
o
Verify that the SAS host adapter is installed correctly. Refer to the manual that came with your
host adapter for installation and troubleshooting instructions. Pay particular attention to any steps
describing configuration settings. Make sure that the host adapter is properly seated in the
motherboard slot and the operating system correctly detects the host adapter.
o
Verify that the proper device driver is installed for the SAS host adapter.
 If the library is detected by the operating system, but not by the application software:
o
Refer to the documentation included with your backup application for instructions on how to verify
proper installation. Some backup software packages require an additional module to
communicate with the robotics.
 If the library is detected by the operating system, but is listed as an unknown or generic device:
o
Make sure that the proper device driver, if applicable, is installed for the device. Check your
software provider's website for the latest drivers and patches.
NOTE
Many backup applications use their own drivers. Before installing a driver, make
sure it is not in conflict with the application software.
If you continue to have problems with a SAS library, check the following:
 Ensure that the library is compatible with the SAS host adapter and backup application you plan to
use.
 Verify that your HBA is supported by the host computer and qualified with the library.
 Ensure you are using a compatible, high-quality cable.
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Table 10: Power Problems
Problem
Solution
Device does not power on.
1. Check all power cord connections.
2. Check the LEDs on the power supplies.
3. Make sure the power button on the front panel has been pressed, and
the green Ready LED is lit.
4. Make sure the outlet has power. Try another working outlet.
5. Replace the power cord.
No message appears on the OCP
display
1. Check all power cord connections.
2. Check the LEDs on the power supplies.
3. Make sure the power button on the front panel has been pressed, and
the green Ready LED is lit.
4. Make sure the outlet has power. Try another working outlet.
Table 11: Failure/Attention Indications Displayed on the Front Panel
Problem
Solution
The LCD displays a warning or
error icon.
Tap the icon to see more information about the event on the LCD.
The LCD displays an error code.
Look up the error code, try to resolve the failure, and power cycle the
library (see Event Codes).
Table 12: Tape Movement Problems
Problem
Solution
Tape stuck in drive.
Try the following steps, in this order, to remove the stuck tape.
NOTE: The tape drive must rewind the tape before ejecting it. This can
take as long as five minutes, depending on how much tape must be
rewound. Once the tape is rewound, the eject cycle will take fewer than 16
seconds.
The Ready light flashes while the tape rewinds. Wait for the tape to finish
rewinding before attempting another operation.
1. Attempt to unload the tape from your backup software.
2. Shut down the backup software and stop the operating system's
removable storage services. From the Operation > Move Media
screen, attempt to unload or move the tape to a slot.
3. Power down the library, disconnect the cable from the drive, power up
the library, and wait until the tape drive is idle or ready. From the
Operation > Move Media screen, attempt to unload or move the tape
to a slot.
4. From the Operation > Force Drive Media Eject screen, attempt a
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force eject or emergency unload operation.
IMPORTANT: Inspect the tape cartridge that was stuck. Damage or
misplaced labels on the cartridge could have caused the load/unload
failure. Discard any tape cartridge found to have issues.
Tape cannot be removed from
storage slot
If the OCP or RMI is still operational:
1. Unlock the magazine from the Operation > Open Magazine screen
and extend it to access the storage slot.
5. Grasp the cartridge and remove it from the storage slot. Some tapes
need to be inserted and removed several times to condition them for
free movement in and out of the magazine.
6. Check the barcode label and verity that it is secure to the cartridge.
7. Check the cartridge for damage.
8. Check the storage slot for damage.
Table 13: Media Problems
Problem
Solution
Cleaning or data cartridge
incompatible with drive.

Check the event log to see which cartridge is incompatible.
 Make sure you are using data and cleaning cartridges that are
compatible with the drive and model of your device and that you are
using the correct cartridge type for the operation. The device
automatically unloads incompatible cartridges, the Attention LED
flashes. Export the media.
Cannot write to or read from tape.

Make sure that the cartridge is not a WORM cartridge that has already
been used.

Make sure that the cartridge is write enabled (move the write-protect
switch to the enabled position).

Make sure the data cartridge is compatible with the drive model. LTO
tape drives can read data cartridges from two generations back and
write to data cartridges one generation back.

Make sure you are using an Ultrium cartridge that has not been
degaussed. Do not degauss Ultrium cartridges!

Make sure that the cartridge has not been exposed to harsh
environmental or electrical conditions and is not physically damaged in
any way.

Many backup applications do not read or write to cartridges that were
created using a different backup application. In this case, you may have
to perform an erase, format, or label operation on the cartridge.

Make sure you understand any data protection or overwrite protection
schemes that your backup application may be using, which could
prevent you from writing to a given cartridge.

Retry the operation with a different, known good tape.
 Clean the tape drive from the Operation > Clean Drive screen.
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Problem
Solution
Both the Attention and Cleaning
LEDs are lit.
This is most likely caused by a dirty drive that cannot read a tape and
marks the tape invalid.
Log into the OCP or RMI and check the event log to see which drive has
reported that it needs cleaning. Clean the drive with an approved Ultrium
cleaning cartridge.
A particular cartridge sets off the
cleaning light.
Remove the cartridge from the library.
A cartridge recently imported from
a different environment is causing
issues.
Media that is moved from one environment to another can cause issues
until it has acclimated to the new conditions. A cartridge should be
acclimated for at least 24 hours before being used, particularly if it has
been stored at a substantially different temperature or level of humidity
than the device.
The Attention LED is lit but the
Cleaning LED is not lit after a
cartridge load.
The library was unable to complete the requested operation with the
selected tape cartridge.

Use only cartridges that are compatible with the drive type

Use the correct type of cartridges for the operation. For example, use a
cleaning cartridge for cleaning.

Make sure you are using an Universal cleaning cartridge
The Cleaning LED is lit after using
a cleaning cartridge.
The cleaning cartridge has expired. A cleaning cartridge will expire after 50
cleaning cycles.
A particular cartridge sets off the
Attention LED and possibly the
Cleaning LED.
Retry the operation with a different cleaning cartridge.
If the Attention LED is cleared and the drive has been cleaned, and then
immediately re-displays each time a particular cartridge is reloaded, that
cartridge should be suspected as being defective.

If this occurs, export the cartridge and load a known good cartridge. In
some cases, a cartridge can be worn out, have a defective Cartridge

Memory, or have been formatted as a Firmware Upgrade Cartridge.

Any cartridge that is suspected of being defective or contaminated
should NOT be reused in any drive.

If the bad cartridge is a cleaning cartridge, it might be expired.
Table 15: Inventory Problems
Problem
Solution
The library displays incorrect bar
codes.
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Table 16: RMI Network Connection Issues
Problem
Solution
Cannot connect to the RMI.

Verify that the Ethernet cable is connected to the base module’s
controller board and to the LAN.
 Verify that the link LED on the RJ45 (LAN) connector is lit when the
device is powered up. If the LED is not lit, the device is not
communicating with the LAN. See your network administrator for help.
 Verify that the device has been configured with a valid static network
address or DHCP has been enabled so the device can obtain a network
address. If using DHCP, write down the device's network address from
the OCP login screen. If the device did not obtain a valid address via
DHCP, verify that the DHCP server is up and the library has network
access to it. If necessary, set a static network address instead.
 Enter the library’s IP address into the address bar of a web browser
connected to the same LAN as the device. If the RMI web page does
not display, ping the device's IP address. If the ping fails, verify that the
device has a valid network address and that there are no firewalls or
other obstructions to network traffic between the computer with the web
browser and the device. See your network administrator for help.
Table 17: Cleaning Problems
Problem
Solution
Cannot load the cleaning
cartridge.

Make sure you are using an Ultrium cleaning cartridge.

Make sure the cleaning cartridge has not expired. A cleaning cartridge
will expire after 50 cleaning cycles.
 Power cycle the library.
6.4
Performance Problems
The process of backing up files involves many system components, from the files in the file system on the
disk, through the backup server, and out to the library, all managed by software running on an operating
system. The backup process can only run as fast as the slowest component in the system.
Performance issues are solved by identifying and addressing performance limitations in your system. See
sections below for the following potential performance limitations:
 Average File Size
 File System Type
 Connection from the Backup/Archive Host Server to the Disks
 Backup/Archive Server
 Backup/Archive Software and Method
 Connection from the Backup/Archive Host Server to the Device
 Media
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The hard drive must seek to the position of a file before it can start reading. The more time the disks are
seeking to files, the lower the performance. Therefore, if the average file size is small, the read
performance will be lower.
To determine the average file size, divide the size of the backup by the number of files.
If the average file size is small (64 KB or less), consider using a sequential, image, or block backup
method that backs up the whole hard drive or LUN image instead of individual files. The trade off for using
one of these methods is that you might only be able to restore the entire image instead of individual files.
NOTE
6.4.2
File fragmentation will also cause excessive drive seeking, which lowers
performance, so ensure that files are regularly defragmented.
File Storage System
The file storage system determines the organization of the files on the disks. Using RAID controllers to
spread files over multiple disks can improve performance because some disks can be seeking while
others are reading. Storing files on a single non-RAID disk results in the slowest performance while
storing files on a high-end disk array results in the fastest performance.
Converting standalone disks to RAID can improve performance.
6.4.3
Connection from the Backup/Archive Host Server to the Disk Array
The connection between the host server and the disks determines how much data can be transferred
from the disks to the host computer at a time. A connection with insufficient bandwidth cannot provide
enough data for the tape drives to write at full speed. For optimum performance, the storage subsystem
must be able to provide data at the tape drive’s maximum transfer rate.
Backup systems using a lower speed Ethernet network should use multiple network connections.
6.4.4
Backup/Archive Server
The backup server must have enough RAM and processor power to transfer the files from the disk to the
tape drive, in addition to running the backup or archive software and any other processes.
Check the RAM and processor usage during a backup operation. If they are operating at capacity, adding
RAM or processor capability can improve performance.
6.4.5
Backup/Archive Software and Method
Each backup method has its own impact on performance, depending on how well it can keep data
streaming to the tape drive. In most cases, native applications don’t have the features required to
maximize performance for LTO tape drives. Qualstar recommends using a full-featured backup or archive
application with this library.
File-by-file backup or archive methods provide the best restore performance if you only need to restore
individual files. However, if the average file size is small, file-by-file methods will significantly reduce
performance.
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Disk image, flash, or sequential backup methods provide the fastest performance because they back up
an entire disk, partition, or LUN, which minimizes disk seeking. The disadvantage is that backup and
restore operations work on an entire disk, partition, or LUN. You might not be able to back up a subset of
files or restore a single file. If you can restore a single file, the restore process will be slow.
Database backup performance will vary based on the use model. To improve performance when backing
up data from a database:
 Use specific backup agents for the database.
 Use the latest versions of the databases.
 Do not back up individual mailboxes.
 Do not back up specific records or do a record-by-record backup.
 Do not back up when the database is in heavy use.
6.4.6
Connection from the Archive/Backup Host Server to the Library
For the best performance, the connection from the host server to the library must have enough bandwidth
to provide enough data to keep the tape drive streaming. Current LTO tape drives take advantage of
some of the fastest interfaces available so the type of interface used to connect the library to the host
server is not likely to be the cause of a performance issue. However, issues with cables and connectors
can limit performance.
Do not exceed recommended cable lengths.
6.4.7
Media
The type and condition of the media also affect backup performance. For best performance, use media
that is the same LTO generation as the tape drives.
6.5
Finding Event Information
You can find error codes by viewing log files from the Maintenance > Logs and Traces > View Logs
screen or downloading support tickets from the Maintenance > Download Support Ticket screen. See
“Viewing Log Files” or “Downloading Support Tickets”.
6.6
Unlocking the Magazine
It is recommended that you unlock the magazine using the OCP or RMI. If these methods fail, or if a
magazine needs to be removed when the power to the device is off, you can release the magazine
manually. Only one magazine or mailslot can be open at a time.
NOTE
6.6.1
As a best practice, perform this procedure while applications are idle. While
the magazine is extended, the library robotic assembly cannot move media
Using the OCP
1. Log in as an administrator.
2. On the Home screen, tap Open Magazine.
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4. Tap Submit. A message box indicates when the magazine has been unlocked.
5. Tap OK to close the message. Open Magazine screen shows that the magazine is now unlocked.
NOTE
6.6.2
If not removed, the magazines and the mailslot will relock after 30 seconds.
Using the RMI
1. Log in as an administrator.
2. On the Home screen, click Open Magazine.
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3. Click Unlock in the left or right magazine column within the module containing the magazine to be
replaced.
4. Click Submit. A message box indicates when the magazine has been unlocked.
5. Click OK to close the message. Open Magazine screen shows that the magazine is now unlocked.
NOTE
6.6.3
If not removed, the magazines and the mailslot will relock after 30 seconds.
Using the Manual Release
1. Open the magazine access door.
2. Insert a small flat head screwdriver or Torx driver into the appropriate magazine release hole and
gently push the tab in.
!
IMPORTANT
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Do not exert force once you encounter resistance. Doing so can
damage the device.
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If the tape is stuck in a tape drive, eject the tape from the drive from the Operation > Force Drive Media
Eject screen.
If a tape is stuck in a magazine, open the magazine, grasp the cartridge, and pull it out of the storage slot.
6.8
Identifying a Failed Component
Using the OCP or RMI:
1. Activate the UID LEDs from the Maintenance > UID LED Control screen. This will illuminate the blue
LED on the front and rear of the base module to identify the library containing the failed module or
component.
2. Identify the module within the library that contains the failed component:
a. In the upper left of the Home screen, locate the module that indicates an error.
b. Click or tap the module for information on the failed component.
6.9
Returning the Robotic Assembly to the Base Module
If you have powered off the library and the robotic assembly did not return to its park position in the base
module behind the OCP:
1. Power on the library by pressing the power button on the base module just below the OCP.
2. From the RMI, return the robotic assembly to its park position from the Maintenance > Move
Robotic to Base Module screen.
3. Power off the library by pressing the power button on the base module and holding for 3 seconds.
If the robotic assembly is still not in the base module, use one of the procedures in the following two
sections.
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The Robotic Assembly is stopped in an Expansion Module that is near the Base
Module or is Stopped Directly between Two Modules
1. Remove the front bezel from the base module, the expansion module containing the robotic
assembly, and modules in between as needed; see “Removing the Bezel”.
2. Insert a small flat head screwdriver into the screwdriver relief on the right rear bearing block of the
robotic assembly.
3. Turn the screwdriver to manually operate the robotic assembly gear train and move the robotic
assembly into the base module.
4. Lock the robotic assembly; standing at the front of the module, move the blue lever to the left, then
away from you, then to the right.
5. Reinstall the bezels previously removed; see “Installing the Bezel”.
6. Remove the robotic assembly and spooling mechanism; see “Preparing to Remove the Robotic
Assembly and Spooling Mechanism from the Base Module”.
7. Install the new robotic assembly and spooling mechanism; see “Installing the Robotic Assembly
and Spooling Mechanism into the Base Module”.
8. Slide the base module back into the rack; see “After the Robotic Assembly and Spooling
Mechanism Installation”.
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Base Module or it Cannot Move Vertically
1. Remove the left magazine of the base module; see “Removing the Magazine”. The library should
already be powered off. Therefore, you must unlock the magazine using the manual release.
2. Disconnect the power supply cables from all of the modules
3. Using plastic-handled scissors reach through the left magazine opening of the base module and
carefully cut the spooling cable.
4. Extend the expansion module containing the robotic assembly while carefully guiding the free
spooling cable; see “Preparing to Remove the Robotic Assembly and Spooling Mechanism
from the Base Module”. While there may be minor differences, these instructions for a base module
will also apply to an expansion module.
5. Remove the robotic assembly from the expansion module using Step 1 through Step 7 in “Removing
the Robotic Assembly and Spooling Mechanism from the Base Module”.
6. Slide the expansion module back into the rack; see “After the Robotic Assembly and Spooling
Mechanism Installation”. While there may be minor differences, these instructions for a base
module will also apply to an expansion module.
7. Extend the base module; see “Preparing to Remove the Robotic Assembly and Spooling
Mechanism from the Base Module”.
8. Remove the spooling mechanism from the base module using Step 8 through Step 10 in “Removing
the Robotic Assembly and Spooling Mechanism from the Base Module”.
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9. Install the new robotic assembly and spooling mechanism; see “Installing the Robotic Assembly
and Spooling Mechanism into the Base Module”.
10. Slide the base module back into the rack; see “After the Robotic Assembly and Spooling
Mechanism Installation”.
6.10
Running Library Tests
The library provides tests to verify library operations.
 Wellness Test –
 System Test –exercises overall library functionality by moving cartridges within the library. Cartridges
are returned to their original location. See “System Test”. Section 4.7.1
 Slot to Slot Test – randomly exchanges cartridges within the library. Cartridges are NOT returned to
their original locations. See “Slot to Slot Test”. Section 4.7.2
 Element to Element Test – moves a cartridge to a specific element and then returns it to its original
location. See “Element to Element Test”. Section 4.7.3
 Robotics Test – performs a full inventory and exercises all robotic assembly movements and sensors.
See “Robotics Test”. Section 4.7.4
 OCP LED Test – illuminates each of the front panel LEDs. See “OCP Test and Calibration”.
Section 4.7.5
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Acronyms and Abbreviations
FC
Fibre Channel
FH
Full Height
HBA
Host Bus Adapter
HH
Half Height
LUN
Logical Unit Number
OCP
Operator Control Panel
RMI
Remote Management Interface
SAN
Storage Area Network
SAS
Serial Attached SCSI
SNMP
Simple Network Management Protocol
SSH
Secure Shell
SSL
Secure Socket Layer
UID
Unit Identification
USB
Universal Serial Bus
WORM
Write Once, Read Many
WWPN
World-Wide Port Name
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Table 18: Error Events
Event
Code
Message Text and Description
Details and Solution
2000
Failed to move cartridge.
2001
Failed to exchange the cartridge.
2002
The initial module discovery (detection of
expansion modules) failed.
Verify that all expansion modules are powered on
and that the expansion interconnect cables are
properly installed.
2003
The library’s temperature has exceeded the
critical limit.
1. Verify that the chassis fan in each module is
Verify the source and destination elements and retry
the move operation.
functioning
2. Verify that the drive cover plates are installed in all
open drive bays.
3. Verify that all power supplies are installed and
working properly.
4. Verify that the ambient room temperature is within
specified limits.
2004
Library startup failed.
1.
If the robotic assembly fails to move through a
certain area of the library:

Look through the window in the front panel and
see if there are any obstructions.

Verify that both magazines in that module can
be extended.
2. Verify that all modules have power and that any
expansion modules are cabled correctly with the
expansion interconnect cables.
3. Verify that the top and bottom cover plates are
properly installed on the library.
4. Verify that the module alignment mechanisms at
the rear of the library are locked in the proper
positions.
5. Reboot the library.
6. If the robotic assembly moves front to back, but not
vertically, the robot shipping lock could be
positioned incorrectly and should be moved to
either the fully locked or fully unlocked position.
If the robotic assembly doesn’t unlock the shipping
lock after reboot:
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a.
Move the robotic assembly to the base from
the Maintenance > Move Robotic to Base
Module screen. See “Moving the Robotic
Assembly to the Base Module”.
b.
Power off the library.
c.
Remove all cables from the base module and
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unlock the alignment mechanism.
d.
Extend the base module from the rack.
e.
Reposition the lock.
7. If the error persists, review library events for
additional information.
2005
Robotic spooling cable failure.
Ensure that the spooling cable is fully seated in the
base module and correctly connected to the robotic
assembly.
2006
Cable to spooling mechanism has failed.
2007
Move command failed due to spooling
mechanism failure.
2008
Exchange cartridge failed due to spooling
mechanism failure.
2009
Library test failed due to robotics assembly
problem.
Review the test requirements and retry the test. If the
test continues to fail, check for robotic obstructions or
other robotic problems.
2010
Library test failed due to spooling
mechanism defect.
Ensure that the spooling mechanism is fully seated in
the base module and installed correctly with the robotic
assembly.
2011
Drive power board has failed. Some drives
might be powered off.
1. Ensure that the drive power boards are fully seated
in the module.
2. Power cycle the library.
2012
Multiple bottom covers detected.
Remove all bottom covers except for the bottom
module in the library.
2013
Multiple top covers detected.
Remove all top covers except for the top module in the
library.
2014
Bottom cover missing.
If the base module cannot detect both a top and a
bottom cover, the robotic mechanism will not move.
1. Install the bottom cover on the bottom module in
library.
2. Check the module interconnect cabling and module
power cords.
2015
Top cover missing.
If the base module cannot detect both a top and a
bottom cover, the robotic mechanism will not move.
1. Install the top cover on the bottom module in
library.
2. Check the module interconnect cabling and module
power cords.
2016
Module alignment mechanism is not locked
properly.
Ensure that the alignment mechanisms for all modules
above the bottom module are engaged and locked.
2017
A communication problem between modules
1. Ensure that all modules are powered on.
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2. Ensure that all module interconnect cables are
properly attached.
3. Ensure that the alignment mechanisms for all
modules above the bottom module are engaged
and locked.
2018
Too many unit position transmitter or
detector failures.
1. Ensure that the alignment mechanisms for all
modules above the bottom module are engaged
and locked.
2. Power cycle the library.
2021
Database access error.
1. Reboot the library.
2. If the error persists, restore the library
configuration. See “Saving, Storing and
Resetting the Library Configuration”.
2022
Drive has been hot removed while in active
status as LUN master. Tape drives must be
powered off before removing them from the
library.
Reinsert the removed drive in the same position from
which it was removed.
2023
Internal software error.
Reboot the library.
2024
Exception thrown by application not handled.
An unrecoverable error occurred. Retry the operation
and if the error persists reboot the library.
2025
Move failure due to vertical robotic
positioning problem.
1. Check for obstructions, such as a cartridge sticking
out, in the vertical pathway of the robotics
assembly.
2. Verify that the robotic assembly is aligned and level
within the library.
3. Verify that the rack is level front to back and side to
side.
2026
Failed moving the robot towards the back or
front of the library.
Check for obstructions, such as a cartridge sticking out
or cable impeding progress, in the horizontal pathway
of the robotics assembly.
2027
Move failed pulling cartridge from element.
Check for labels or cartridge misalignments that would
prevent the cartridge from coming out of the slot or
drive.
2028
Move failed inserting cartridge to element.
Check for labels or cartridge misalignments that would
prevent the cartridge from being inserted into the slot or
drive.
2029
Initialization failure due to robot front to back
positioning.
1. Check for obstructions, such as a cartridge sticking
out, in the vertical pathway of the robotics
assembly.
2. Ensure that the alignment mechanisms for all
modules above the bottom module are engaged
and locked.
3. Verify that the rack is level front to back and side to
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side.
4. Check to see if the robotic assembly is stuck in its
locking mechanism. If so, move the robotics
assembly out of the locking mechanism and then
enable the locking mechanism properly.
2030
Failed during front to back movement.
2031
Move failure due to right to left or left to right
robot rotation failure.
2032
Initialization failure due to robot gripper
positioning error.
2033
Initialization failure due to robot vertical
positioning error.
2034
Cable to spooling mechanism has failed
during initialization.
Check for obstructions, such as a cartridge sticking out
or cable impeding progress, in the horizontal pathway
of the robotics assembly.
Check for obstructions, such as a cartridge sticking out,
in the vertical pathway of the robotics assembly.
Ensure that the spooling mechanism is fully seated in
the base module and installed correctly with the
robotics assembly.
Table 19: Warning Events
Event
Code
Message Text and Description
Details and Solution
4000
A reported drive canister fan speed is too
slow.
Ensure that there are no obstructions to the drive fans.
4001
There is a Fibre Channel Loop ID conflict.
Change the FC to fabric or use a different loop setting.
4002
A drive sent a clean request.
Clean the drive with an approved cleaning cartridge.
4003
The drive configuration failed.
1. Remove the drive from the library, reinsert it and
then retry the operation.
2. If the drive installed is a different LTO generation
than the drive previously installed, reset the library
defaults and then reconfigure the drive.
3. Use the RMI to pull a drive support ticket and
check the device analysis section for more
information. Use L&TT to view the support ticket.
4004
The drive status request failed.
1. Remove the drive from the library, reinsert it and
then retry the operation.
2. If the problem persists, reset the drive.
3. Use the RMI to pull a drive support ticket and
check the device analysis section for more
information. Use L&TT to view the support ticket.
4005
Drive is reporting a critical TapeAlert.
1. Power cycle the drive and then verify whether the
drive reports the same TapeAlert.
2. Use the RMI to pull a drive support ticket and
check the device analysis section for more
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4006
A drive temperature reported is above the
threshold.
1. Verify that the drive fan is spinning and not
obstructed.
2. Verify that the ambient temperature is within
specification.
4007
Cartridge error.
1. Remove the cartridge and inspect it for damage.
2. Retry the operation with another cartridge.
4008
Cleaning tape expired.
Discard the cleaning cartridge and retry the cleaning
operation with a new cleaning cartridge.
4009
Firmware upgrade of one or multiple
expansion modules failed.
The base module must be able to communicate with a
powered on and connected expansion module to
perform the upgrade.
4010
Drive is not compatible with this library.
4011
Drive is not supported in this library.
4012
Move cartridge operation filed due to drive
issue.
4013
4014
Exchange cartridge failed due to a drive
issue.
Library test failed due to a drive issue.
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1.
Reseat the expansion module controller.
2.
Check the module interconnect cable and power
connections.
3.
Retry the firmware upgrade.
Remove the incompatible drive. Only install drives that
are supported by the library.
1.
Check events occurring at the same time for drive
problems.
2.
Retry the operation with the same source and
destination. If the problem persists, retry the
operation with a different cartridge in the same
drive
3.
Use the RMI to pull a drive support ticket and
check the device analysis section for more
information. Use L&TT to view the support ticket.
1.
Retry the operation with the same source and
destination. If the problem persists, retry the
operation with a different cartridge in the same
drive.
2.
Check the library event log for events associated
with this drive.
3.
Use the RMI to pull a drive support ticket and
check the device analysis section for more
information. Use L&TT to view the support ticket.
1.
Verify the test parameters and then retry the test.
2.
Check the library event log for events associated
with this drive.
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Power supply has failed. Redundancy is not
available.
Backup configuration data to base module
failed.
Details and Solution
3.
Use the RMI to pull a drive support ticket and
check the device analysis section for more
information. Use L&TT to view the support ticket.
1.
Verify that each module has two power supplies
installed.
2.
Ensure that all power supplies are installed
properly.
3.
Verify that all power sources are supplying power
that is within the product requirements.
1.
If possible, save the library configuration to a file.
4017
Restore configuration data from chassis
failed.
2.
Power cycle the library and retry the operation.
4018
Firmware upgrade of one or more drives
failed due to drive issue.
1.
Verify that the firmware file is correct for the drive.
2.
Ensure that the drive is in a healthy state and does
not have a cartridge.
3.
Retry the operation.
4019
General drive firmware bundle upgrade
failure.
4020
Database has been reset due to a problem
that prevented the library from powering up.
Restore previously saved configuration data.
4021
Drive has been hot removed while in active
status as data transfer device. Drives must
be powered off before removing them from
the library.
Reinsert the removed drive in the same position from
which it was removed.
4023
Drive not cable (ports not linked up).
The tape drive must have an FC or SAS cable
attached to transfer data and communicate with
host applications.
4025
Library test failed due to a cartridge error.
1.
Remove the cartridge and inspect it for damage.
2.
Retry the operation with another cartridge.
Table 20: Configuration change Events
Event Code
Message Text and Description
8000
The configuration of a drive changed.
8001
The drive was added or removed from the system.
8002
A partition was added/removed or changed.
8003
A mailslot bank was enabled/disabled.
8004
Drive firmware changed due to firmware upgrade.
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8000
The configuration of a drive changed.
8001
The drive was added or removed from the system.
8002
A partition was added/removed or changed.
8003
A mailslot bank was enabled/disabled.
8005
The configuration of hostname/domain name has changed.
8006
The email configuration settings have been changed.
8007
The configuration of a date/time format changed.
8008
The system language setting changed.
8009
The timezone configuration has changed.
8011
The network settings have changed.
8012
All expansion module upgraded. The firmware for all expansion modules has been upgraded.
8013
The NTP time synchronization configuration has changed.
8014
The SSH access was enabled/disabled.
8015
Level of media generation checking has changed.
Table 23: Informational Events
Event Code
Message
9000
A tape alert flag was reported by a drive.
9001
A drive is present in the system but powered off.
9002
The library was powered on.
9003
A move media command was executed.
9004
Inventory scan was performed.
9005
The library was powered down from the front panel.
9006
The network interface was switched on.
9007
The network interface switched off.
9008
The system time was synchronized with an SNTP server.
9009
A magazine was unlocked and opened.
9010
A magazine was closed and locked.
Event Code
Message
9011
A mailslot bank was unlocked and opened.
9012
A mailslot bank was closed and locked.
9013
A user logged in at the RMI interface.
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9014
A user logged out at the RMI interface.
9015
A user logged in at the OCP interface.
9016
A user logged out at the OCP interface.
9017
MSL Encryption Kit password has changed.
9018
MSL Encryption Kit password has been requested.
9019
MSL Encryption Kit password has been created.
9020
MSL Encryption Kit password has been set.
9021
MSL Encryption Kit key has been generated.
9022
MSL Encryption Kit backup has been done.
9023
MSL Encryption Kit restore has been done.
9024
Drive support ticket created.
9025
Library test started.
9026
Library test successfully finished.
9027
Library test stopped by user.
9028
Configuration backup to base module was successful.
9029
Configuration restore from base module was successful.
9030
An invalid MSL Encryption Token was inserted.
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Technical specifications
Table 24: Physical specifications
Characteristic
Product alone
Packaged
Height
268 mm (10.55 inches)
615 mm (24.21 inches)
Width
475 mm (18.70 inches)
800 mm (31.50 inches)
Depth
892 mm (35.12 inches)
1200 mm (47.24 inches)
Weight
Base module: 41.0 Kg (90.4 Lbs)
Base module: 54.5 Kg (120.2 Lbs)
Expansion module: 36.5 Kg (80.5 Lbs)
Expansion module: 50.0 Kg (110.2 Lbs)
Each module is shipped on a wooden pallet. Pallets may be stacked three high.
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Characteristic
Specification
Temperature
Operating
5° to 40° C (41° to 104° F)
Non-operating
-40° to 60° C (-104° to 140° F)
Recommended operating temperature
10° to 35° C (50° to 95° F)
Temperature shock immunity - maximum rate of change 10° C per hour (50° F per hour)
Miscellaneous
Dust concentration
less than 200 microgram / cubic meter
Altitude
5000 meters (16,450 feet)
Humidity
Operating
10% to 80% RH non-condensing
Non-operating
5% to 90% RH non-condensing
Table 26: Electrical specifications
Characteristic
Specification
Current
5.0 - 3.5 A
Voltage
100 - 240 V 50/60 Hz
Power
350W
Table 27: Regulatory specifications (CSA test conditions)
Characteristic
Tested condition or value
Equipment mobility
Stationary - rack mount
Connection to the mains
Pluggable - Type A
Operating condition
Continuous
Access location
Operator accessible
Over voltage category (OVC)
OVCII
Mains supply tolerance (%) or absolute
mains supply values
-10%, +6%
Tested for IT power systems
No
IT testing, phase-phase voltage (V)
N/A
Class of equipment
Class I
Considered current rating (A)
20 A (branch circuit protection)
Pollution degree (PD)
PD 2
IP protection class
IPXO
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Characteristic
Tested condition or value
Altitude during operation
Max 2000 meters (6561 feet)
Altitude of test laboratory
38 meters (124.7 feet)
Mass of equipment
Max 25 kg (55.1 Lbs)
Manufacturer's Declared Ambient
NOTE
10
40°C (104°F)
The CSA test conditions might differ from the product
specification limits.
Default and restore default settings
Table 28: Default settings
Parameter
Default setting
Reset to default?
Users and passwords
Administrator login
User: administrator
No
Password: null
User login
User: user
Password: null
Network configuration (ethO)
DHCP
Enabled
Host name
Blank
IP address
(obtain from DHCP)
Subnet mask
(obtain from DHCP)
Default gateway
(obtain from DHCP)
Network configuration
IPv4
Enabled
No
DHCPv4
Enabled
No
IPv6
Disabled
No
Static V6
Disabled
No
Stateless V6
Disabled
No
Blank
No
DNS configuration
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Network access services
Primary network interface (ethO)
Enabled
SSH
Enabled
SSL
Disabled
LDAP
Disabled
Disabled with configuration retained
Mailslots
Disabled
Yes
Administrator password required for
Enabled
Yes
0
Yes
Disabled (no partitions)
All deleted leaving a single partition
NTP /SNTP setting
Disabled
Disabled with configuration retained
Date
Blank or existing
Time
Blank or existing
Time zone
GMT
Slots
mailslot removal
Reserved slots
Partitions
Date and Time
E-mail notifications (SMTP)
Disabled
Disabled with configuration retained
Disabled
Disabled with configuration retained
SNMP/SMI-S
SNMP v1, v2
SCSI defaults
Product name - marketing name
Qualstar Q80
Library product ID - INQUIRY
MULTISTAK
product ID string (Std Inquiry page)
Library vendor ID - INQUIRY vendor BDT
ID string (Std Inquiry page)
Library product ID - IN QUIRY
MULTISTAK
product ID string (INQ page CCl
Library vendor ID - INQUIRY vendor BDT
ID string (INQ page CCl
SCSI element addressing
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Starting element addresses
Values in decimal:
• Slot: 1001
• Picker: NA
• Drives: 1
• I/E slots: 101
Values in hex:
• Slot: Ox3E9
• Picker: NA
• Drives: Ox1
• I/E slots: Ox65
Yes
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Default setting
Reset to default?
Miscellaneous settings
Return drive serial numbers to host
Enabled
Return barcodes to host (RES SCSI Enabled
data)
Barcode format and length returned
8 digits, left justified
Yes
Language settings
English
Yes
Auto unload (library controlled
unload)
Enabled
Log tracing
Continuous, all levels selected
Yes
Ignore barcode media ID
Disabled
Yes
All licensed features
Disabled
to host
Disabled, configuration retained where
possible
Licenses
Not applicable
Not deleted
8 digits, left justified
Yes
OCP
Barcode format displayed on OCP
OCP contrast
No
Screen saver
Yes
Drive defaults
Drive speed and topology setting
Auto speed/Fabric
Yes
Drive hosting the library LUN
Drive 1 or the lowest numbered
Yes
existing drive
Drive power
All drives powered on
Yes
Auto clean
Disabled
Yes
Disabled
Yes, Command View TL receiver IP
PLR for both drives and library
cleared
Electrostatic discharge
To prevent damaging the system, be aware of the precautions you need to follow when setting up the
system or handling parts. A discharge of static electricity from a finger or other conductor may damage
system boards or other static-sensitive devices. This type of damage may reduce the life expectancy of
the device.
Topics include:

Preventing electrostatic damage

Grounding methods
Preventing electrostatic damage
To prevent electrostatic damage, observe the following precautions:
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Q80 Tape Library Installation and Operations Manual Avoid hand contact by transporting and storing products in static-safe containers.
Keep electrostatic-sensitive parts in their containers until they arrive at static-free workstations.
Place parts on a grounded surface before removing them from their containers.
Avoid touching pins, leads, or circuitry.
Always be properly grounded when touching a static-sensitive component or assembly. See the next
section.
Grounding methods
There are several methods for grounding. Use one or more of the following methods when handling or
installing electrostatic-sensitive parts:

Use a wrist strap connected by a ground cord to a grounded workstation or computer chassis.
Wrist straps are flexible straps with a minimum of 1 megohm (± 10 percent) resistance in the
ground cords. To provide proper ground, wear the strap snug against the skin.

Use heel straps, toe straps, or boot straps at standing workstations. Wear the straps on both feet
when standing on conductive floors or dissipating floor mats.

Use conductive field service tools.

Use a portable field service kit with a folding static-dissipating work mat.
If you do not have any of the suggested equipment for proper grounding, have an Qualstar authorized
reseller install the part.
NOTE
11
Regulatory Information
NOTE
11.1
For more information on static electricity, or assistance with
product installation, contact your Qualstar authorized reseller.
To comply with the following regulations and standards, the
library must be properly installed in an office or industrial
environment with shielded cables and adequate grounding of
the SCSI bus and the input power.
Recycling and disposal
NOTE
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Disposal of waste equipment by users in private household in
the European Union and Norway.
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This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product must not be disposed of with
your other household waste. Instead, it is your responsibility to dispose of your equipment by handling it
over to a designated collection point for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment. The
separate collection and recycling of your waste equipment at this time of disposal will help to conserve
natural resources and ensure that it is recycled in a manner that protects human health and the
environment. For more information about where you can drop off your waste equipment for recycling,
please contact your local city office, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you
purchased the product.
Table 21: Device standards
11.2
CE mark
The CE mark is a mandatory conformity mark on many products placed on the single market in the
European Economic Area (EEA). The CE marking certifies that a product has met EU consumer safety,
health or environmental requirements.
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Q80 Tape Library 11.3
Installation and Operations Manual CCL mark
CSA C22-2 No. 60950-1 – Electr ical safety – UL 60950-1
68475
11.4
FCC (United States)
The computer equipment described in this manual generates and uses radio frequency (RF) energy. If
the equipment is not installed and operated in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions,
interference to radio and television reception might result.
Tested To Comply
With FCC Standards
For Home or Office Use
This equipment complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Part 15, Class A, of the FCC Rules, is designed to provide reasonable protection against radio and
television interference in a residential installation. Although the equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the allowed RF emission limits, as specified in the above-cited Rules, there is no guarantee
that interference will not occur in a particular installation. Interference can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on while monitoring radio or television reception. The user may be able to eliminate
any interference by implementing one or more of the following measures:

Reorient the affected device and/or its receiving antenna.

Increase the distance between the affected device and the computer equipment.

Plug the computer and its peripherals into a different branch circuit from that used by the affected
device.

If necessary, consult an experienced radio/television technician for additional suggestions.
11.5
Canadian verification
This Class A digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment
Regulations (ICES-003, Class A).
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