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Figure 2-23 IBM TS3500 Physical Library summary panel
The IBM TS3500 Tape Library Specialist has menus to manage the cartridges, drives, and
library. The available menus vary depending upon whether ALMS is installed or not. For
further examples, see the specific chapters for partitioning with or without ALMS. In the
following discussion, all examples assumes that ALMS is installed and active.
For an example with ALMS, to view a list of the cartridges in the library, select Cartridges →
Data Cartridges. Using the drop-down boxes, you can filter the cartridges displayed by frame
or logical library. Figure 2-54 on page 71 lists the cartridges for all logical libraries. After
selecting a cartridge, you can move it to a tape drive, remove it from the library, or assign it to
a logical library.
For information about Cartridge Assignment Policy, see “Cartridge assignment policy” on
To view a list of the drives in the library, select Drives → Drive Summary. On the Drives
panel, you can use the drop-down boxes to limit the drives selected to a specific frame or a
specific logical library, or you can select all frames or all logical libraries. In Figure 2-59 on
page 75, you see for example logical library Redbook1 with LTO4 tape drives.
From the drop-down menu, after selecting a tape drive, you can clean it, change its SCSI ID
(or Loop ID if FC), view drive details, move a cartridge, or do a power cycle of a drive. This
last feature can be especially useful when sharing drives in a SAN (for example, LAN-free
backup). In this circumstance, when a server is using a drive, it issues a SCSI reserve
command, which blocks it from other servers. The drive is unavailable to other jobs until the
server with the reserve sends a release command to the tape drive.