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  • 1.  SSIC, Power10, AIX, and LTO tape options

    Posted 21 days ago

    In SSIC (https://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/ssic/interoperability), I've selected "Host Platform=IBM Power Systems (p6 and newer)", and "Server Model=IBM POWER10 Servers", and "Operating System=IBM AIX 7.3 TL2".  Now, when I select "Storage Family", no LTO tape options appear whatsoever.  What should I make of this?  Does a Power10-based system running AIX 7.3 TL2 not have any support for LTO at all?

    How do we go about supporting LTO options (e.g., LTO 9) on Power10 machines?



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    Carlo Castillo
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  • 2.  RE: SSIC, Power10, AIX, and LTO tape options

    Posted 20 days ago
    Edited by Satid S 20 days ago

    Dear Carlo

    After playing around with SSIC web page, I find out that you must first select "Storage Family" before proceeding with other fields - go top down in your selection from the web page. 

    But then I observe a bug here in that "Storage Family" drop down list does not show any Tape category for selection.  Some more fooling around leads me to first select any "TSxxxx" product (make sure it is one supported by Power10 - select this and that a bit and you will get one like I do) from the drop down list of "Storage Version" before you can see Tape product available for selection in "Storage Family".  Then, I guess you can select the fields you mentioned in your post - go in downwards direction seems to be the key point here. 

    A bug or bad code may be the cause making the user interface of SSIC not behaving nicely!   Any SSIC webmaster here?



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    Satid S
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  • 3.  RE: SSIC, Power10, AIX, and LTO tape options

    IBM Champion
    Posted 20 days ago

    I agree with Satid.  Start with the top left.  One big issue is that once you select "IBM Storage LTO Ultrium tape" you cannot select "Operating System=IBM AIX 7.3 TL2".  Only TL1.  Perhaps that is the bug?

    You may wish to communicate this on the "Global Storage Forum " community.  Or see if the "SSIC Education and Help" has a report an issue link.

    As a workaround try the TL1 version?



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    Robert Berendt IBMChampion
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  • 4.  RE: SSIC, Power10, AIX, and LTO tape options

    Posted 20 days ago

    Thanks Satid and Robert.  I've also posted in the Storage forum.  I'll check if I find any new replies there. Good day!



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    Carlo Castillo
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  • 5.  RE: SSIC, Power10, AIX, and LTO tape options

    Posted 20 days ago
    Edited by Satid S 20 days ago

    Dear Robert

    >>>> One big issue is that once you select "IBM Storage LTO Ultrium tape" you cannot select "Operating System=IBM AIX 7.3 TL2".  Only TL1.  Perhaps that is the bug? <<<<

    I see this differently. TL1 entry in the list may serve as the "lowest level" for support in AIX 7.3 which implies that TL2 and later levels should also support.  My guess is that there is no point to include TL2 and later in the drop down list because of such an implication.

    Just my 2 cents. 



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    Satid S
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  • 6.  RE: SSIC, Power10, AIX, and LTO tape options

    IBM Champion
    Posted 19 days ago

    I disagree.  There are higher levels which cut off support for certain hardware items.  Doing it as you say would not cover such situations.  No, it should allow you to select such a tape library, such a level of AIX and see what adapters etc will work for that combination.



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    Robert Berendt IBMChampion
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  • 7.  RE: SSIC, Power10, AIX, and LTO tape options

    Posted 18 days ago

    Dear Robet

    I play around with SSIC again and find that you are right.  The TR/TL level that is selected (and there can be multiple TR/TL levels shown for the same release of an OS) dictates what adapters are available for selection.



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    Satid S
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