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Tape Drive under Unix os

By Casemaker ·
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I have to install a tape drive in a server running unix os. My background is pc windows. I am A+ cert but have not worked with unix. It is at a pharmacy and the software that runs on it is proprietary and intended for the pharmacy. What will I need to know. Is the install different than with Windows. Any and all help APPRECIATED!!!Thank You

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by VinnyD In reply to Tape Drive under Unix os

Yes the install is very differnet from windows.

Normally we use SCSI tape drives on Unix Systems. We install the tape drive by making sure that the scsi id is unique (not already used) and mount the drive and attach the scsi cable (also making sure that the scsi devices are terminated at the end of the cable).

With Unix you must be logged in as the "root" user. Most versions accept "mkdev tape" to start the install process. You have to answer the questions correctly (it will ask for the scsi id of the tape drive so you must know what it is).

Now Unix will need to create a new "kernal". The "kernal" is the actual operating system. Once the new version of unix is created most versions ask if you want it to become the current boot version.

At this point notice the name it gives the old copy (usually it is unix.old), it is very important to know the old name! The old name is need in case the new version will not boot! The old file will be the only way to get the system back running if any thing goes wrong.

There is also an emergency boot diskette that most unix versions allow you to make. You will have to check the doc that came with the system to know how to make it.

The normal boot process is this:

You will see the Boot: prompt appear on the screen! at this prompt you can type /unix.old and the old verison of the operating system will load! That is what we do if something goes wrong.

What I do is boot the system normally, login as root and then use the command

cp unix unix.org

This command copies the current version to another file so that I can always use

cp unix.org unix

To restore the operating system back the way it was before I made any configuration changes.

As you can see from this responce, there is a lot to know to make this install work correctly!

Good Luck.

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by Casemaker In reply to Tape Drive under Unix os

Thank You,
I found a tech to do the install.

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