PowerVault 124T support for linux.

Eric Sisler esisler at westminster.lib.co.us
Thu Apr 13 20:23:16 CDT 2006

On Thu, 2006-04-13 at 16:42 -0400, Frederick D. Kass wrote:

> I know this isn't the PowerVault list but it is the closest I could find. 
> :)
> I am looking at various open source backup solutions and tape autoloaders.  
> More specifically I think I'd like to use Bacula or Amanda and a 
> PowerVault 124T.  Is anyone currently using this configuration that could 
> give me more feedback on how well it works?
> I've been doing a lot of reseach and it looks like older PowerVault 
> products seem supported by mtx however I am somewhat disappointed to find 
> Dell not part of the Linux Tape Device Certification Program or the 124T 
> listed in the mtx compatibility list.  The only 124T posts I have found is 
> one to the bacula list saying he can't use mtx to switch tapes inside the 
> loader.

I have a PV-124T (DLT VS-160 tape drive) connected to a PE 2850 running
RHEL ES 4.  I'm using BRU rather than Bacula or Amanda, but I can switch
tapes using mtx.

For 2.6.x kernels, add "options scsi_mod max_luns=4"
to /etc/modprobe.conf, build a new initrd image and reboot.  The number
4 is arbitrary, you can use any number > 1.

For 2.4.x kernels, add "options scsi_mod max_scsi_luns=4"
to /etc/modules.conf, build a new initrd image and reboot.  Again the
number 4 is arbitrary.


Eric Sisler <esisler at westminster.lib.co.us>
Library Applications Specialist
Westminster Public Library
Westminster, CO USA

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