How to install an IDE Tape drive on e-smith 4.x/SME 5.x

You need an inexpensive, easy to use, tape backup solution for your e-smith server and gateway.

Recommended Solution:

IDE TBU Hardware:

Step 1- Hardware Set-up:

Place your hard drive(s) on IDE0 connected to an 80 wire, 40 pin UDMA IDE cable.  Connect your tape drive and CD-ROM on IDE1 using a standard 40 pin IDE cable..

Step 2 - Using SSH:

Follow your server's manual and use an SSH client to connect to the server command line.  Some good SSH clients are puTTY, MindTerm or TeraTermSSH.

Step 3 - Testing your tape drive:

To test your tape drive issue the command:

# mt -f /dev/st0 status
SCSI 2 tape drive:
File number=-1, block number=-1, partition=0.
Tape block size 512 bytes. Density code 0x47 (unknown to this mt).
Soft error count since last status=0
General status bits on (1010000):

Step 4 - Performing a backup/restore:

See How to use flexbackup