Topics: Backup & restore, Spectrum Protect

Tape library commands

How many times can the tape drives be cleaned?

# mtlib -l /dev/lmcp0 -qL
Look for "avail xxxx cleaner cycles" at the bottom.

Which cleaning tapes are in the library?
# mtlib -l /dev/lmcp0 -qC -s FFFD
The first column in the output is the volume serial number of the cleaning tapes.

When was the cleaning tape last used?
# mtlib -l /dev/lmcp0 -qE -V [tape-volume-serial-number] -u
Look for "last used" at the bottom of the output.

How are my tape drives doing (from a TSM viewpoint)?
# dsmadmc -c comma -id=readonly -password=readonly q dr f=d
Look for "On-Line" and "Drive State" in the output. Also check if the paths to your tape drives are on-line.
# query path




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