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Verifying tape library compatibility

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager

Windows 2008 provides a tape library compatibility certification test. This is no longer provided for Windows 2012. However, if the tape for which you want to verify compatibility is listed in the Windows Server Catalog in the Hardware, Storage section, and is shown as compatible with Windows 2008 64-bit, or Windows 2008 it will probably work with DPM. Note that any driver incompatibilities with Windows 2012 would need to be addressed by the vendor.

In addition, you can use the System Center Data Protection Manager Tape Library Compatibility Test tool to check whether your tape library is compatible with DPM. This tool runs a set of standard tests on your standalone tape or tape library.

Obtain and use the tool as follows:

  1. Download the DPM Tape Library Compatibility Test tool from Download DPM Tape Library Compatibility Test Tool.

  2. Extract the files in the compressed folder to a folder on your computer.

  3. Before you run the tool, do the following:

    • Ensure your target tape library and tape drives are visible in Device Manager.

    • Insert a read/write data tape in slot 0. The contents of this tape will be overwritten.

    • Insert a cleaning tape in slot 1. The tapes must be in consecutive slots, failing which there should be no tapes in the slots between the tapes. The data tape is in a slot preceding the cleaning tape.N

  4. Run the tool as follows:

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. Change your current folder to the one where you extracted the tool.

    3. To check that the tape is visible to the tool, type DPMLibraryTest.exe /CERTIFY /LL

    4. To certify as follows:

      • To certify a tape library, type DPMLibraryTest.exe /CERTIFY /TL <tape library name> /AT

      • To certify a standalone tape drive, type DPMLibraryTest.exe /CERTIFY /TL <device name> /SA

    5. The tool runs the following tests:

      • Test 1: Basic configuration—This test scans the system for attached devices, and identifies standalone tape drives and tape libraries. The tool provides a summary at the end of the test. For each device you’ll see a Device Name, Serial Number, Vendor Name, Product Name, Firmware Revision, and SCSI properties. You should verify that the summary information is correct. If there are errors check the following:

        • Check all devices are listed in Device Manager.

        • Ensure that device drivers are up-to-date.

        • If the drive mappings are incorrect, use the DPMDriveMapping.exe tool in the <DPM installation folder>/bin folder to correct the mappings. If you do not have DPM installed on the computer, copy the DPMLA.xml that DPMDriveMapping.exe creates to the folder to which you extracted the Tape Library Certification tool.

      • Test 2: Mount/dismount—This test selects a tape from the first available slot and performs a mount///dismount of the tape to and from a drive.

      • Test 3: Drive cleaning—This test performs a cleaning test using the cleaning tape. If you are using Firestreamer to a VTL where you can’t remove or change tapes, use the /ST flag syntax to skip this test.

      • Test 4: I/E media—This test selects the first available tape and moves it to the I/E port and back. If your library/VTL doesn’t have I/E ports, the tool will automatically skip the test.

      • Test 5: I/O—This test selects the first writable tape, writes a few buffers to it, and then attempts to read what’s been written. This test only checks read/write capabilities. Any specific errors in the drive should be inspected using the advanced mode.

  5. After the tool completes the test, log information will be provided in the LibraryTestTool-*Curr.errlog files located in the folder from which you ran the tool.

Tool syntax

DPMLibraryTest.exe /CERTIFY /<switch_1> [/switch_2]

Examples

 

Example Command

List all available libraries.

DPMLibraryTest.exe /CERTIFY /LL

Run all tests on a physical library.

DPMLibraryTest.exe /CERTIFY /TL \\.\Changer0 /AT

Run only tests 3 and 4 on a physical library.

DPMLibraryTest.exe /CERTIFY /TL \\.\Changer0 /ST 3 4

Run all tests except cleaner test.

DPMLibraryTest.exe /CERTIFY /TL \\.\Changer0 /ST 1 2 4 5

Standalone drive test.

DPMLibraryTest.exe /CERTIFY /TL \\.\Tape21745678 /SA

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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