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2.2.7 Setting up and configuring the IBM TS3500 Tape Library
The IBM TS3500 Tape Library Specialist is embedded in the library firmware. Attach the
Ethernet port to your network and configure the TCP/IP address information from the library
Operator Panel:
1. Choose Settings Network Ethernet. You see the current interface MAC address
(which cannot be changed), and the assigned TCP/IP address, subnet mask, and
gateway. If the library has more than one frame, and you want to use several connections,
then each frame requires a separate address. Use the Up and Down buttons to access
the panels for the additional frames. The current configuration window is shown in
Figure 2-21.
Figure 2-21 Change Ethernet parameters on IBM TS3500
2. Click Enter to make the changes. You can select to disable the Ethernet interface, use
DHCP to automatically assign an address (if supported in your network), or manually
configure the parameters. We recommend that you define a fixed IP address.
Panel 0175
Ethernet
______________________________
Current Settings Frame 1:
MAC Address: 18:36:F3:98:4F:9A
IP Addresses: 10.1.1.1
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: 10.1.1.254
[Change Settings]
______________________________
BACK UP DOWN ENTER
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3. After configuring the network connection for the IBM Tape Library Specialist, enter the
TCP/IP address of the library in your browser. The welcome page of the IBM TS3500 Tape
Library Specialist Web interface displays, as shown in Figure 2-22. With the Specialist,
you can monitor library status and perform library operations from a remote location. Use
the Work Items area on the left to navigate to available Specialist tasks. For more
information, click the Help button in the top right of the panel.
Figure 2-22 IBM TS3500 Tape Library Specialist: Welcome page
4. You now have complete operational control of the TS3500 Tape Library. The library might
have implemented the Advanced Library Management Services, ALMS. For more
information about ALMS, see 2.3, “Partitioning the TS3500 with ALMS enabled” on
page 60.
With the IBM TS3500 Tape Library Specialist, you can easily configure and monitor the
library operations with graphics and tables like those shown in Figure 2-23.
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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
page 69.
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.

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