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Using Manual Transports as RTDs in a Mainframe Virtual Tape Environment (Doc ID 1022290.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 04, 2020

Applies to:

Sun StorageTek Host Software Component (HSC) - Version 6.1 and later
Sun StorageTek Virtual Tape Control Software (VTCS) - Version 6.1 and later
Sun StorageTek Enterprise Library Software (ELS) - Version 7.0 and later
IBM z/OS on System z


This article discusses using manual transports (non-library drives) as RTDs in a VTCS environment.

There are times, usually in a disaster recovery (DR) situation, where there is no Sun StorageTek automated library available and non-library drives must be used as RTDs. Without following the instructions in this document, non-library RTDs in VTCS 6.1 or higher would get messages such as the following:

SLS6898W RTD xxxx device type of 18TRACK not verified. LSM 00:00 is offline
SLS6619E RTD xxxx has an unrecognized device type of 18TRACK

And after those messages, the RTDs could not be used by VTCS for recalls or migrates.


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