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HPE StoreEver MSL6480 Tape Library - Cabling


SAS cables and connectors

Connecting the Fibre Channel (FC) cables

Connecting the SAS cable

Connecting cables for data verification

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SAS cables and connectors


SAS uses serial connections, with a direct connection between the host server and each of the storage devices. This eliminates the need to
configure SCSI busses and assign SCSI IDs, as is required for parallel SCSI devices.

Most SAS Host Bus Adapter (HBA) ports have four SAS channels. A tape drive uses one channel, so each HBA port can support up to four
tape drives. A cable can be used with one connector on each end, but only one channel will be used. The SAS fanout cable recommended
for use with the library can connect up to four SAS tape drives to a single SAS HBA port.

The library has a mini-SAS connector on each tape drive. The connector is keyed in location 4, which is the standard location for end
devices. If using a cable other than the one recommended for use with the product, verify that it is keyed in location 4.

CAUTION: Mini-SAS connectors are keyed. Do not force a SAS cable's mini-SAS connector into the tape drive mini-SAS connector
because it might be keyed differently.

SAS signal rates require clean connections and a minimum number of connections between the HBA and the device. Do not use adapters or
converters between the HBA and the device. For proper operation, use a maximum SAS cable length of 6 m.

CAUTION: High quality SAS cables rated at the transfer rate of the SAS components are required. Always verify that the SAS cable
used is rated for the data transfer speed of the interface of the components. SAS cables described as equalized or active are not
supported. For optimum performance, only use cables of the length specified as qualified for the products.

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Connecting the Fibre Channel (FC) cables


1. Remove the FC port caps if necessary. Attach one end of the FC cable to port A on the tape drive.

2. Attach the other end of the FC cable to a switch or HBA.

NOTE: Using both ports on a dual-port drive requires multi-path capability in the host application.

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Connecting the SAS cable


1. Attach the HBA end of the SAS cable into the connector on the HBA. If using a SAS fanout cable, the end of the cable with only one
connector should be plugged into the HBA.
2. Connect the drive end of the cable.
While using a cable with a single connector on each end, attach the other end into the connector on the tape drive.
While using a SAS fanout cable, attach one mini-SAS connector into the connector on each tape drive. The unused ends of
the SAS fanout cable are single channel and not suitable for use with disk arrays. Use the other ends to connect tape drives,
or coil and secure them to the rack to minimize stress on the connectors.

NOTE:
Each of the tape drives uses one channel and the fanout cable recommended for use with the library maps each of the
four channels from the HBA to one channel on the drive end. Any of the four drive connectors can be plugged into any
tape drive.
When not using a SAS cable specified for the library, do not force a SAS cable's mini-SAS connector into the tape drive
mini-SAS connector because it might be keyed differently.

NOTE: SAS signal rates require clean connections between the HBA and tape drive. Do not use adapters or converters between the
HBA and the tape drive. For reliable operation, use a maximum SAS cable length of 6 m.

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Connecting cables for data verification


While the library is being configured for data verification, create a private network for the library and the tape drives that will be used for data
verification.

1. When necessary, install a switch with enough ethernet ports for the library and the tape drives that will be used for data verification.
For example, if two tape drives will be used for data verification, the switch must have at least three available ports.
2. Using an ethernet cable, connect the library DIAG port to the switch.
3. Using ethernet cables, connect each tape drive that will be used for data verification to the switch.
4. Regardless of whether using a dedicated switch or a VLAN for the data verification network, ensure that only the drive ethernet ports
and the DIAG port are connected to the private network, and that no other hosts or devices are sharing the network.
5. Verify that the tape drive SAS or FC ports are not connected.

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1 Tape drive ethernet ports are connected to the private network for the data verification feature
2 Library DIAG port is connected to the private network for the data verification feature
3 Library ethernet port is connected to the site LAN to provide user access through the RMI

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